The two-story house in the Palmdale subdivision looks like so many others. Green lawn out front, pool out back. Solid, comfortable, secure. Inside, a teenager does her homework by candlelight whenever the power gets cut off. If the water goes too, she fills empty bottles at school to wash her hair.
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While the rest of us were out here shopping for a boring dress at the mall, these geniuses made their custom gowns by hand. These showstopping DIY prom dresses were handmade by crazy talented high school students who wanted to make a major statement on prom night — and save some serious cash in the process. After one scroll through this list, you'll be ready to channel your inner craft blogger. Scroll ahead for the best inspiration and coolest ideas for how to make a prom dress yourself.
Industrious ladies have always taken to designing and creating their own prom dresses, but generally that just means sewing a few pieces of fabric together. For the truly crafty and clever, though, the materials for a one-of-a-kind dress can be found around the house. The most common oddball material for prom dresses and tuxes has to be duct tape. The contest galleries are worth a look.