Future inventors used recycled materials to make fashion outfits Monday during the "Eureka: Invent the Newest Fashion!" program at Lake Villa District Library.
Twenty children in grades 3-8 made dresses, backpacks, shoes and other items out of newspaper, plastic bottles and plastic bags, duct tape and other salvaged items.
"We are trying to invent something," library youth associate Carol Rietzke said. "We are making a prototype out of newspaper and then they will improve on it."
Gathering in groups of three, the kids let their imaginations go wild and created interesting gizmos that included a tie made of newspaper and duct tape that was also a pencil case, and a cardboard backpack with bottle tops for storage.
"It's really cool when you can take something you use everyday and turn it into something unique," said Katie Ingram, 9, of Lake Villa.