With a pair of scissors and a hot glue gun, Tess Heidelberger gave her 80's wedding dress a new life.
For 26 years, Heidelberger's wedding dress sat in a box in her basement, just taking up space.
"My oldest two are married already,” she told of her children. “The dress is so '80s—when I pulled it out when I was planning my daughter’s wedding, we looked at it like, ‘Ugh. Yeah, no one’s ever going to wear this again.’ I looked at my youngest daughter and she’s like, ‘Oh, hell no.’ I told them it was cute at the time.”
But "cute at the time" was simply taking up space in the present, so Heidelberger decided to get creative.
Last month as she was cleaning out her basement, inspiration struck when she saw her dress next to her Christmas decorations. She saw the Christmas tree skirt and wondered if she could attach her dress to it.
“I laid out my wedding dress and cut the skirt off the dress―the first cut is the hardest!” Heidelberger explained to The Huffington Post.
"Then I cut off any details on the dress, like appliqués, bows and beading. Then I pinned the wedding dress skirt on the plain Christmas tree skirt until I liked the way it looked. Then I just hot glued it in place and I added the extra appliqués I cut out earlier."
Heidelberger admitted to ABC News, that the first cut into her dress was hard, but "then after that, you just go crazy because it’s just so freeing".
The whole project took about an hour to complete and it looks amazing.
“Oh my God, I love it,” she said to ABC News of the final result.
“When I put it under the tree it just looked like a fluffy cloud. I’m so happy I can look at it every year. It’s so pretty. And it’s so much better than staring at your dress through that cellophane window in the box."