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Young fashionista makes a unique dress while trapped in hotel quarantine – using materials found in her room

  •  An Australian woman spent quarantine getting creative with her paper waste
  • The 25-year-old legal assistant from Perth created a wearable paper dress
  • She was quarantined in Sydney after returning from Canada where she lived

An Australian woman has spent her two-week quarantine getting creative – after deciding she couldn’t bear throwing out all of the packaging from her daily ration packets.

Marnee Halleen, 25, from Perth, made a flowing paper gown with a rose-covered bodice out of paper during her two-week hotel stay in Sydney, after returning from Canada where she had been living for two-and-a-half years.

The legal assistant told Daily Mail Australia she has never designed a dress before and ‘can’t draw’ but felt the urge to get creative.

An Australian woman has spent her two-week quarantine getting creative - after deciding she couldn't bear throwing out all of the packaging from her daily ration packets

An Australian woman has spent her two-week quarantine getting creative – after deciding she couldn’t bear throwing out all of the packaging from her daily ration packets

Marnee Halleen, 25, from Perth, made a flowing paper gown with a rose-covered bodice out of paper during her two-week hotel stay in Sydney, after returning from Canada where she had been living for two-and-a-half years

Marnee Halleen, 25, from Perth, made a flowing paper gown with a rose-covered bodice out of paper during her two-week hotel stay in Sydney, after returning from Canada where she had been living for two-and-a-half years

‘I just have a large imagination, I would think of an idea and if that didn’t work I would just think about it more,’ she said.

The process took eight days in total, but she thinks it could be done in three, now she knows what she’s doing.

Ms Halleen initially started the project after seeing the pile of paper from the bags her food was brought in ‘piling up’.

So she ‘deconstructed them’ with her knife and cut strips of paper which would later become the 43 roses used on her corset.

‘Then I realised I didn’t want them to be white, so I used left over coffee sachets from the morning condiment delivery to stain the paper,’ she said.

The young woman told some of her friends about the project, but they were skeptical. She also told her mum who was interested in what she could come up with – and very supportive.

The legal assistant told Daily Mail Australia she has never designed a dress before and 'can't draw' but felt the urge to get creative

The legal assistant told Daily Mail Australia she has never designed a dress before and ‘can’t draw’ but felt the urge to get creative

'I just have a large imagination, I would think of an idea and if that didn't work I would just think about it more,' she said

The process took eight days in total, but she thinks it could be done in three, now she knows what she's doing

‘I just have a large imagination, I would think of an idea and if that didn’t work I would just think about it more,’ she said

‘At first the paper bags didn’t move right – I wanted to know how I could make it wearable,’ she said.

She then ‘scrunched’ paper to make the skirt of the dress and found it worked much better.

She ordered in some craft supplies, including scissors, sticky tape and a glue gun for the project.

And when it was finally ready she appeared on Facetime to her closest friends and family, to reveal the exquisite gown.

‘My friends, who were skeptical, were shocked and said it was something they would wear.’

Ms Halleen initially started the project after seeing the pile of paper from the bags her food was brought in 'piling up'

Ms Halleen initially started the project after seeing the pile of paper from the bags her food was brought in ‘piling up’

'My friends, who were skeptical, were shocked and said it was something they would wear.'

‘My friends, who were skeptical, were shocked and said it was something they would wear.’

‘My mum just said ‘I am so proud of you, this is incredible,’ she said.

The dress is ‘a little too large’ for Ms Halleen, who is a size 8, and is put on with the help of sticky tape.

The trial-and-error craft, watching Wentworth and Face timing with friends and family helped the woman through her quarantine.

She has had to spend around $10,000 to get home after the Australian Government initially told her to ‘stay put’ at the beginning of the pandemic.

She is now home in Perth, as is the dress which she had to ‘fold to get in the overhead locker on the plane’.   

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