CLAREMORE - Payton Moreland’s obsession with duct tape started with a simple trip to Claire’s.
“I’ve always loved mustaches,” the sixth grade student at Will Rogers Junior High School said. “I went to Claire’s and they had this mustache duct tape, and I just loved it because it had a combination of two things that I like.”
The 12-year-old admits she has a knack for crafts, and the mustache duct tape was just the spark she needed to begin a new type of handmade items.
“At the beginning of the year, when I had just started getting into duct tape, people would ask me make them stuff,” she said. “So I make wallets, flowers and different things like that.”
When her sixth grade dance came around, Payton decided to put her skills to the test. She wanted to don a dress made entirely out of duct tape.
She began working on the project, but admitted she was not able to spend a lot of time on the dress. But when her family’s home caught on fire, the dress became more than just a craft.
“It was kind of something for us all to do together when we were staying at the hotel,” Heather Moreland, Payton’s mother, said.
But even with the family lending a helping hand, Payton did most of the hard work herself.
“The only thing I helped her with was attaching the skirt to the top, because we had to do it while it was on her, but she did the design and everything by herself,” Heather said.
It took her more than two weeks to finish the dress.
“Twenty-two to twenty-four rolls of duct tape later, there it was,” Heather said. “And it actually looked like a dress, so it was really cool.”
Payton made quite a fashion statement when showed up to her dance in her one-of-a-kind duct tape dress.
“People mostly took pictures of it, and said ‘Good job,’ and they wanted to feel it to make sure it was real,” she said. “My friends liked it a lot.”
Payton said she will continue to make duct tape accessories, and her mom often comes home to find the dog even sporting some of Payton’s duct originals.
“I just finished a purse yesterday,” Payton said. “I feel like I can make anything now.”
Payton hopes to use her dress and other accessories to raise money for the Claremore Animal Shelter.
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