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Hallsville senior makes prom dress from candy wrappers

HALLSVILLE, TX (KLTV) – One East Texas senior used hundreds of Starburst wrappers to make an unforgettable prom dress, and bought her community together at the same time.

"As a freshman, I knew I wanted to be different and stand out," says Madison Jones, a senior at Hallsville High School.

With the bright colors of Starburst wrappers, she quickly made up her mind of what she wanted and got to work.

"I would just come to school with a bag of Starburst and pass it out to my class and by the end of the class, everyone was done with theirs and I would just ask ‘Hey, can I have my wrappers back?'" says Jones.

Then Jones began her Starburst wrapper collection at community events, too. After three years of collecting wrappers, Jones felt the satisfaction she was looking for. But the project was by no means easy to sew.

"When I was sewing, they would get locked up and then it would rip. I would have to start over and make a whole new strip because one would be shorter than the other. And I mean, it was hard," adds Jones.

Along with making the dress, Jones put hours of work into creating Starburst shoes, bracelets and even a head piece.

"There's a scholarship for duct tape, and that would've been nice. You know, to get a scholarship for this," explains Jones.

But scholarship or no, Jones says just being different from the prom was all she needed.

Madison Jones is studying to be a dentist, but would like to make more prom dresses out of different candy wrappers for a side job.

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