After the big day you may find yourself tucking away that wedding dress you cherish into the back of your closet. While saving it for your daughter to wear at her wedding is one option, why not try out one of these 25 Ways to Recycle Your Wedding Dress? Donate it to another bride in need, or take it to the beach for a fun Trash the Dress photo shoot. Use part of it to make Christening gown for your first baby and sew a cover for your wedding album with the rest. The possibilites are endless…
1. Dyed Wedding Dress
Dye it a fun bright color.
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2. Trash the Dress
Have a “Trash the Dress” photo shoot to get messy or a beautiful photo shoot in the beach.
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3. Christening Gown
Turn your wedding dress into a christening gown.
Donate it to a bride in need.
5. Pretty Pillow
Turn it into something smaller and more manageable, like a pillow.
6. Wedding Dress Party
Throw a wedding dress party with your friends where you get to wear them all over again.
7. High-Low Dress
Cut the skirt to turn it into a pretty high-low dress.
8. Princess Dress
Use it to make a princess dress for a little girl.
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9. Tulle Skirt
Use the excess tulle to make a fun and frilly tutu skirt.
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10. Halloween Costume
Splatter it with fake blood to turn it into a zombie bride costume.
11. Tablecloth and Napkins
Use the skirt of the dress to make a tablecloth or turn into napkins.
12. Satin Clutch
Use the fabric from the skirt to make a cute purse you can use more than once.
13. Photo Album Cover
Wrap your wedding photo album in fabric from your wedding dress. If you have lace, use it to add details to the album too.
14. Baby Bassinet
Use the skirt to make a baby bassinet.
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15. Pendant Necklace
Save a small piece to add to a necklace.
16. Lace Vase
Use the lace to decoupage onto a vase.
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17. Lace and Tulle Scarf
Make a pretty lace and tulle scarf.
18. Earring Holder
Frame a piece of fabric from your dress to make an earring holder.
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Save a piece of your dress inside a glass ornament for Christmas.
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20. Christmas Tree Skirt
Use the skirt of the dress to make the perfect Christmas tree skirt.
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21. Burlap and Lace Bunting
Reuse the fabric to make a burlap and lace banner.
22. Wedding Wreath
Upcycle your wedding dress into a wreath.
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23. Drawstring Purse
Sew a cute drawstring bag and save your wedding jewelry inside.
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24. Baby Blanket
Use the satin fabric to make the border of a baby blanket.
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25. Frilly Headband
Use the lace to make a headband. You could use excess fabric to make fabric flowers too.
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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.