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Recycled Soda Can Dress

Added Apr 18, 2011

by vestiphobia

Findlay , Ohio, ...






This dress was created for the GreenLife Gala in Cleveland, OH. I used 55 pop cans for the skirt, 3 JCPenney shopping bags for the bodice, a red pleather bag from thrifting for the waist and a bridesmaids dress for the foundation. It took a few days and it looked amazing on the runway!

For a video of how I did some of it check out my blog:

Model: Ellie

Material Notes

Soda cans, shopping bags, recycled pleather, bridesmaid dress, recycled zipper, dremel




Garment Type

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    Nov 9, 2011, 12.09 AMby Lauriänn

    Love it love it love it!! And the red is just at the right place…

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      Jan 6, 2012, 07.49 PMby vestiphobia

      Thank you! I’m glad I found that red bag, I love the color pop.

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    Sep 29, 2011, 02.21 AMby xoxbeauty1

    questions! so you hand-sewed the shingles to the bridesmaid dress? what does hammering the top bit do?

    —Thanks :)

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      Jan 6, 2012, 07.45 PMby vestiphobia

      I hammered after I drilled the holes in the aluminum just so there were any little sharp bits. For the most part the cuts were clean but the drilling left little spurs.

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    Aug 17, 2011, 10.09 PMby urbandon

    Amazing piece.

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      Aug 18, 2011, 06.42 PMby vestiphobia

      Thank you very much!

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    May 6, 2011, 03.26 AMby mlssfshn

    I’m not the only one! LOL I love it! Check out my projects with recycled aluminum, you can stitch it as well. I want to grommet some to an outfit eventually. Great Project!

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      Jan 6, 2012, 07.47 PMby vestiphobia

      I looked at your dress! It’s great! I’ve been wanted to try more looks with aluminum and plastic pieces. And it’s good to know they can be sewn!

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      Jan 7, 2012, 11.22 PMby mlssfshn

      Use a size 14 16 needle and a canvas weight fabric.

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    Apr 24, 2011, 10.16 PMby cantare

    WOW. A dress I’d like to wear, go Green!!

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    Apr 20, 2011, 01.38 AMby MissSewsItAll

    I absolutely love this, it looks great! Nicely done!

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    Apr 19, 2011, 10.39 PMby apierle

    Sooo pretty!

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    Apr 19, 2011, 03.23 PMby sonya235

    So beautiful and original!

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      Apr 19, 2011, 09.02 PMby vestiphobia

      Thanks so much:)

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    Apr 19, 2011, 02.11 PMby sewhappy-1

    Wow! I LOVE it! How long did it take you to cut it all out? Are you planning to wear it again after the event? and…at the risk of sounding like a ditz, how do you clean/wash it after wearing?

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      Apr 19, 2011, 09.02 PMby vestiphobia

      Thanks:) I think I worked on it for about a week here and there… definitely two eight hour days of cutting and sewing.. my hand hurt after cutting apart so many cans! It’s main flaw is that it’s pretty impossible to sit in it… So it’s mainly just a show piece. And I think I could probably spot clean it, it’s great that aluminum doesn’t rust so I don’t have to worry about that!

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    Apr 19, 2011, 01.46 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    TERRIFIC! the shape is so cool, and i love that little flash of beverage brand at the bottom right :)

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      Apr 19, 2011, 01.56 PMby vestiphobia

      haha yea… There are a lot of Mt Dew cans in there (most of them consumed by yours truly) Mt Dew and Dr Pepper had the most, and I had to go begging to my family for more can haha

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      Apr 19, 2011, 02.02 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      mt dew AND dr pepper? you are a woman of outstanding taste.

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    Apr 19, 2011, 01.42 PMby ralene


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    Apr 19, 2011, 09.55 AMby ajtak7171

    Oh FABULOUS! Wow, I have so many questions… How did you attach them? Does it make a cute little clincking-sound when you walk? Were your hands healed by the time you presented it on the runway? :-) I better go check out your blog!

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      Apr 19, 2011, 11.57 AMby vestiphobia

      So many questions!:) I used a hand Dremel to drill holes and then sewed each little strip on one by one. It makes AWESOME noises, and it completely sparkled during the show. The model that wore it was perfect. And yes, my hands were fine by the runway:)

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      Apr 19, 2011, 11.59 AMby ajtak7171

      Ooh, so nice of you to respond to my curiosity! I watched your video on the blog and am now following. Can’t wait what else you’ll be coming up with!

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    Apr 19, 2011, 05.39 AMby lauriana

    Wow, that must have been so much work. Good to know you could avoid serious injury ;) Those strips look sharp.

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    Apr 18, 2011, 11.30 PMby milnay3

    Looks dangerous! Well done.

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      Apr 19, 2011, 12.24 AMby vestiphobia

      It was too dangerous, aluminum cuts really cleanly! Only minor injuries haha

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