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Pennsylvania woman crafts dress out of 10,000 Starburst wrappers

UPI News Service, 05/19/2017 

A woman in Pennsylvania fashioned thousands of Starbursts wrappers into a dress to commemorate the day she met her husband.

Emily Seilhamer shared photos of the dress made up of more than 10,000 Starburst wrappers to her Facebook page Artistry and Upcycling by Emily Seilhamer.

"I've been saving Starburst wrappers diligently (with the help of friends and family) for 4 years to create this dress," Seilhamer wrote. "After enough were saved I organized them into colors, ironed them, folded them into links, and made candy wrapper chains."

Seilhamer said she then used elastic thread to sew the multi-colored wrapper links into fabric to create the elaborate dress.

The complete ensemble also features a pair of shoes covered in Starburst wrappers and a corsage made out of a Starburst bag.

Seilhamer said the project was inspired by the story of how she met her husband back when they were in high school.

"My husband and I met when he offered me a pack of Starburst a few years before the project started. As his favorite candy he began to save grocery bags full of wrappers for me," she said. "The dress had a nice spot next to the gift table at our wedding almost two years ago!"

Seilhamer also told Fox 43 the dress was one of her earliest upcycling projects and inspired her to continue to pursue art.

"It's what started everything for me, yeah, because I do all sorts of upcycling and I paint a lot," she said.

Her hard work eventually earned Seilhamer a shout-out from Starburst's official Twitter account.

"Shout-out to Emily Seilhamer for making the most delicious looking dress of all time!" Starburst wrote.

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