Wedding dresses are usually the most expensive fashion item in a woman’s wardrobe and yet it hangs, abandoned, at the back of the wardrobe, waiting to be either sold or or put away for safe keeping.
I remember when I bought my wedding dress, I was adamant it had to be a two piece dress so that I could get more value out of wearing the bodice to black tie functions. I wouldn’t be able to fit into the bodice now three children later, but I do wonder if one of my girls will want to use the dress for their wedding. It’s the do you or don’t you conundrum. Do you keep it? Do you sell it? Or do you cut it up and make one of these practical projects which will have sentimental value? If you are looking for inspiration on what to do, here are 8 ways to recycle your wedding dress.
1. Turn your wedding dress into a vintage clutch.
2. If your dress had a lace overlay, place it in an embroidery hoop to create wall art in your home.
3. Turn your wedding dress into a quilt. This particular quilt was made from a wedding dress worn in the 1950’s.
4. Use some of the lace details to make headbands like this one.
5. Make some statement cushions by cutting up your dress and creating cushion covers.
6. That full skirt makes the perfect skirt for your Christmas Tree.
7. Turn your wedding dress into a sentimental piece like this christening gown. This can be passed on to generations once made.
8. Create a vintage tote using lace detailing from your wedding gown. The material makes a striking look.
If none of these projects thrill you but you still want your dress to be put to good use, you could always sell the dress or donate it to Angel Gowns Australia. The wedding dresses are turned into gowns for babies who have been stillborn or passed away due to illness. The gowns are donated to families who have to go through this traumatic process of needing to find a special outfit to bury their child in. If you wish to donate your wedding dress, there is more information here.
Do you still have your wedding dress?