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Sunday, 23 November 2014

DIY District 12 Necklace (Hunger Games Inspired)

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

Welcome to the final day of Hunger Games Week! As it's Sunday, aka DIY day here at e-elise etc, I thought I would finish up the themed posts with another jewellery project!

Once again inspired by main character Katniss this necklace is designed to represent both the character and the district where we first meet her. The arrow and pearl charms reflect Katniss' journey through the two arenas whilst the miniature bottle charm has been filled with dark beads representing the coal trade of her home district. Here's how to make your own...

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

You will need: a miniature bottle, an arrow charm, a faux pearl bead, 'coal' bottle filling (e.g beads, sequins, glitter etc), two jump rings (1 small, 1 large), two headpins, strong glue, a pin, flat & round nose pliers, an assembled chain

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

1. First up we're going to turn the bottle's miniature cork into a charm so that it can be attached onto the necklace chain. To do this push a headpin through the centre of the cork, so that the remaining length of wire is at the top. It's a good idea to pierce through the centre of the cork with a pin first to make sure the headpin won't be off-centre!

2. To turn it into a charm use round nose pliers to curve the remaining wire into a loop. Trim off any excess wire if necessary.

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

3. Next fill the bottle with your beads or other faux coal - for this tutorial I've opted for a mixture of seed beads plus a few sparkly black nail art gems but for a more realistic look try imitation coal usually used for model making.

4. Secure the cork in the top of the bottle with a little dab of strong glue and set aside to dry.

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

5. As an extra embellishment in contrast to the black 'coal' I also added on a faux pearl bead. To turn this into a charm thread onto a headpin and use round nose pliers to create a hanging loop just like you did with the cork in step 2.

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

6. Use pliers to open up a small jump ring, thread on your arrow and pearl charms, then close.

7. Open up a larger jump ring, thread on all of your charms as well as the chain and use pliers to close completing your necklace!

diy district 12 hunger games inspired necklace

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As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - if you liked this project don't forget to Pin it!

For more DIY projects visit www.eightandsixteen.co.uk!

Happy DIY-ing!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

6 Hunger Games Inspired Projects To DIY!

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1/ The Katniss Cowl - Free Sewing Pattern (via See Kate Sew) - looking for your own version of Katniss' unique accessory from Catching Fire but not a keen knitter? This tutorial shows you how to transform an old jumper into a cosy cowl.

2/ Katniss' Arrow Earrings (via Being Geek Chic) - these stylish leather earrings with arrow design are a subtle nod to main character Katniss and are a really affordable project for those on a budget.

3/ Girl On Fire Backdrop + Giant Mockingjay Pins (via Hostess With The Mostess) - hosting a Hunger Games themed party? Here's some last-minute decor ideas, complete with free printable templates, that will impress your guests!

4/ Hunger Games Tote Bag (via Whimsey Box) - show off your District 12 roots with this awesome tote bag tutorial, again with a free printable. This one would also make a lovely gift for any Hunger Games loving friends too.

5/ Seneca Crane Beard Necklace (via Jacquie Longlegs) - perhaps the most unique of today's picks this quirky necklace puts a Hunger Games twist on the popular trend for moustache accessories. Once again the tutorial includes a free template so there's no excuse not to get crafting!

6/ Mockingjay Cookies (via At Second Street) - if DIY jewellery and accessories aren't for you why not try some themed baking instead? This tutorial shows you how to create piped Mockingjay decorations which could be used to top cookies or cupcakes.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out this week's Eight & Sixteen posts!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Character Style Inspiration - Katniss Everdeen

KATNISS STYLE INSP
Images via imdb.com
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Welcome to another Character Style Inspiration post, today featuring The Hunger Games' main character Katniss Everdeen. Although not a typical style icon Katniss' post-arena style really caught my eye with it's earthy tones, mix of textures and cosy layering, all of which are perfect for this time of year. Here are my top picks for a chic way to recreate Katniss' look...

katniss everdeen style inspiration

Zip Shoulder Jumpsuit, Warehouse £55 | James Lakeland Pointe Mohair Cardigan, House Of Fraser £75.20 | Belmondo Snood, Zalando £42 | Hannah Faux Leather Biker Jacket, Oasis £50 | Violeta By Mango Elbow Patch Waterfall Cardigan, John Lewis £34.99 | BLK DNM Metallic Colour Block Jumper, Boutique1 £68 | 8040 Tali Zip Skinny Jeans, My Theresa £203 | Gestuz Hailey Leather Leggings, Jules B £118.99 | Aldo Brooklyn Round Toe Lace Up Boots, House Of Fraser £57.60 | Tan Casual Skinny Belt, Dorothy Perkins £4

Thursday, 20 November 2014

DIY District 4 Earrings (Hunger Games Inspired)

DIY district 4 inspired earrings

For today's jewellery tutorial I've taken inspiration from district 4, home to Panem's fishing industry as well as fan favourite Finnick Odair. To reflect these fishing roots I've combined pearls, blue glass chips and shells to create a pretty pair of earrings with a subtle nod to all things district 4!

To make your own you will need: two small spacer beads, two bead caps, two faux pearl beads, six blue gemstone/glass chips, two shell charms, two eyepins, two ear wires + flat & round nose pliers

DIY district 4 inspired earrings

1. Thread your beads onto an eyepins starting with a spacer followed by a bead cap, faux pearl and three chips

2. Use your flat nose pliers to bend the end of the wire at a right angle below the beads, then switch to round nose pliers to create a hanging loop for your shell charm.

Tip! To make the final earring hang nicely make sure this loop faces the opposite direction to the one at the top of the beads!

3. Use the loop above the beads to attach on your ear wires. Although you can buy these ready made, for this tutorial I created my own - check out this tutorial on how to use eyepins or wire to make them from scratch!

DIY district 4 inspired earrings

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As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - if you liked this project don't forget to Pin it!

For more DIY projects visit www.eightandsixteen.co.uk!

Happy DIY-ing!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Cover Colour Inspiration - Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

cover colour insp mockingjay
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In keeping with this week's Hunger Games theme today's Cover Colour Inspiration is all about the Mockingjay blues. With the winter weather now upon us I wanted to focus on cosy pieces and luckily whatever shade of blue is your favourite there's a stylish long sleeve piece to suit your wardrobe. Here are three top picks...

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Tuck Stitch Jumper in Pale Blue, John Lewis £59
Long Sleeve Skinny Rib Crop Top in Blue, Topshop £10
Turquoise Wool Raglan Linia Jumper, Rejina Pyo via Avenue 32 £395

Image of Mockingjay via Goodreads