A Virginia teen turned the heads of many people in Washington D.C. when she wore a dress she'd constructed out of newspaper to the Newseum.
Those looking for creative ways to recycle can probably take a cue from one Northern Virginia teen.
Jennifer Tran, 15, made a dress completely out of newspaper, and the dress is durable enough she's now had the opportunity to wear it twice. She created the dress last fall and wore it during Halloween, reported the Washington Post.
She recently visited the Newseum and wore her dress, which the Post reported "raised a few eyebrows."
Tran's sister wanted to take her to the Newseum and she says she "jumped" at the opportunity. She said she figured the staff would find it amusing, but didn't expect the attention it got. Reportedly, many people took her picture and/or asked her to pose with them.
When asked about how she made the dress, Tran noted she found directions online, and since her family engages in online news, she went out and bought a stack of The New York Times and The Washington Post.
The Post made up the front of her dress while the Times covered her back.
The Times “is a physically larger paper, and I needed to cover more area in the back,” Tran explained to the Post. “And I really wanted The Post to be in the front since that’s where I’m from.”
She used thread to hold the pieces together, and elaborated that the process took two weeks and she described the process as "kind of a disaster". She used three newspapers before it was sturdy enough.
Photos of the dress can be found accompanying the Washington Post story and also on the Newseum's Facebook page.
Many visitors to the page gave Tran's creation a thumbs up with comments such as "What a clever girl!", "I want a dress like that," and "much better use than bird cage liner... :)"
Tran noted she's created lots of items from used goods. “I’ve made skirts before. And I’ve turned sweaters into pillows. I love repurposing things,” Tran told The Post.
Digital Journal recently reported on a shelving unit found at a home in Northern Virginia that was constructed entirely of used materials, including several newspapers from the 1950s.