Since falling in love with the Hunger Games, I’ve acquired a lot of stunning arrow-inspired jewelry. My Pinterest board on the topic is proof of this. On top of that, I’m making a serious effort to wear some of the things I’ve DIY’d so you can see how I rock it. This week? My blazer with upgraded sleeves!
1. House of Harlow Arrow Ring in Gold (Amazon, $65)
3. Cole Haan Air Tali Open Toe Wedge (Cole Haan, $158)
TODAY IS THE DAY!
In case you are sitting in front of the clock squirming as the seconds are ticking by because you can’t control your desire to just see The Hunger Games already, I wanted to share a plethora of awesome DIY projects you can do today as you wait.
You can dress as Katniss with the help of these DIY projects:
You can sport your Team Katniss pride on your iPhone or iPad with these freebie backgrounds.
Teal iPhone background (LEFT) here.
“Girl on fire” maroon iPhone background here.
Maroon iPhone background here.
Cyan iPad background here.
Orange (seen below) iPad background here.
“Girl on fire” orange iPad background here.
For Halloween, we created a Mockingjay carving template, but it can be used for so much more!
You can download our free Mockingjay template by clicking here.
There’s endless possibilities what you could do with that!
Want to Host a Hunger Games dinner party? The details on how to create a Hunger Games menu, playlist and decor are available here. Hint: It includes a reaping bowl! OOOOH.
If you want to have a drink before attending the premiere tonight, here’s a great cocktail recipe inspired by everyone’s favorite fashion stylist: Cinna.
Woohoo! In the end, I really hope we all love this movie!
I love a dramatic, over-sized pendant necklace. When I picked up my Mockingjay pin last week, I had dreams of making something really dramatic that I could wear to work. Polymer clay turned out to be the answer.
Here’s how I did it:
1. Knead some polymer clay. For best results, you really should work at it to ensure that the color is spread evenly throughout.
2. Wrap your now flattened piece of clay with saran wrap. Make sure there are no creases or bubbles in your wrap, because those will appear in the clay.
3. Put the polymer wrap in between two hardcover books and press down firmly. You want to make sure you press down evenly so you will have an even pendant.
4. Keep the saran wrap on your clay. Press your Mockingjay pin into the clay. You may need to press it down several times to get the right depth in the clay. Just make sure you are pressing in the same spot.
5. Remove your saran wrap and use an X-acto knife to cut your desired shape. I also used a ruler so I could get a nice clean edge. Notice how I always put the ruler on the outside edge? You don’t want to imprint the ruler on the center at all, because you will need to smooth that out.
6. Use a toothpick to smooth out any unevenness on the sides.
7. Get your jewelry pins (they’re the straight beading posts with a hoop on the end) and stick them into the top. Make sure you don’t puncture the front or back.
8. Bake at 275 degrees for one hour on a non-stick baking pan.
9. When cooled, use ribbon, chain, thin leather to complete.
Mockingjay pin (or something to imprint with)
Two hardcover books
Leather, ribbon or chain
One hour and 15 minutes
Total Cost: $4 Polymer clay was $1.49 for the square, ribbon I had, beading pins were $2.49
Twitter amazes me sometimes. Going on and on about The Hunger Games manages to make me happy with every single character I type…
So when things like this happen with fandom, I’m just fulfilled:
@jonmarcbauer Oh! That is such a great question… Maybe: ||| …. What do you think?— Elizabeth Giorgi (@lizgiorgi) March 14, 2012
So I’m thinking… we got to make this happen. Here’s what I came up with:
Help me make this happen!
Not just because I think it’s awesome, but because we have to somehow survive until next Thursday at midnight… together!
For the midnight premiere of The Hunger Games next week, I’m going to host a dinner party. As a person who loves a good party, I put a lot of thought into each of the details, so planning this party is no exception.
I bet there are a lot of other folks out there that will be hosting a party, so I thought I’d share some ideas in hopes of getting you to share some with me.
The food: I’m relying heavily on Emily Ansara Baines’s Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook, which includes a lot of incredible bread recipes. However, I’m also going to head out to a nice cheese shop and pick up some goat cheese in honor of Prim. I think it will be a nice little touch to add to the night.
The music: There’s a lot of great music already being released from the official Soundtrack, but these two tracks from Feist and Jenny Lewis will be wonderful additions to the mood of the evening.
Pretty Bird by Jenny Lewis
Graveyard by Feist
Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars (Hunger Games Soundtrack)
The decor: I picked up a small fishbowl (above) at the store and wrote all my friends names on slips of paper. I figure a reaping will be in order… But what should we do when we get picked? Feats of strength?
I bought some white and yellow flowers in honor of a certain tribute from District 11 and I’ve got a crown bowl to represent the Victors of the 74th Hunger Games. I also made a tablecloth with the names of all the tributes and their districts (DIY coming this weekend!)
Are you going to host a Hunger Games dinner party? What will you do for your party?
If you’re planning on going to the midnight premiere of The Hunger Games, you’re going to need something to wear. So, why not dress as Katniss?
For Halloween this year, I dressed up as my favorite Tribute of all time and gathered my tips on how to make the costume.
There are photos and tutorials on each part of the outfit here:
1. DIY Mockingjay pin: You need one safety pin, some gold glitter, glue and thick cardstock. I did this project for $0, but it should cost you more than a buck or two if you need one of two of the supplies.
2. DIY Arrows: You need 12-24 inch dowels, ribbon, feathers, tape, thick cardstock and glue. This project cost me $8 for the feathers and the dowels.
3. DIY Quiver: You need one piece of poster board, tape and a roll of ribbon. This project cost me $1 for the poster board.
You could always go to the store and buy the Mockingjay pin and buy all the props, but why would you do that when you can save yourself some cash?
If you want tips on what to wear with each accessory that might already exist in your wardrobe, like pants, boots and a jacket, then this photo should help.
I’ve also added a handy Hunger Games DIY navigation on the left hand side of the site, so as I add more things, you’ll have an easy place to find them.
Who else is going nuts just waiting for the movie? I’m going to have a Hunger Games party with my friends and make a bunch of the meals from the Unofficial Hunger Games cookbook by Emily Ansara Baines.
Happy Hunger Games everyone!