Are you excited to see “The Hunger Games” movie this weekend? I am! So excited that when Lead Fiskateer Angela Daniels asked if I wanted to make a ‘Hunger Games’ inspired project, I knew exactly what I wanted to make before I could respond “Yes!”
These are paper beads and honestly, they are so easy to make. The hardest part was waiting for the UTEE to melt in my melting pot. I chose my paper colors based on the book; the green one is to symbolize the lush green of the forest where the games took place, the orange beads are for Katniss, “the girl who was on fire” and the black beads are for District 12.
Once you have your papers, cut long (8-10″) triangle strips. The width of the paper at the ‘wide’ end is how wide your bead will end up being. (I kept my beads at around 1” each.) Roll each strip around a pencil, glue the end down, and dip it in melted UTEE. (I used a melting pot, but you can also use a heat gun or glossy accents.) While the UTEE on the black beads was still wet, I sprinkled glitter over them. Once it cooled, a little, I pressed the glitter in.
Now that the beads are done, it’s time for the focal point. The Mockingjay is one of Fiskars limited edition Jenni Bowlin punches (actually called ‘Flight‘). I used my punch on gold glitter paper and dipped it in the UTEE. Then I dipped part of the orange bead back in the UTEE and while it was still wet, I pressed the Mockingjay into the wet UTEE. Be sure to use tweezers for this step if you don’t want to get burned. Once it is cooled, the Mockingjay is sealed into position.
Do you like it? Will you make one to wear this weekend? Need a Mockingjay punch of your own? Be sure to leave a comment here because Angela will be sending one random winner their very own Fiskars limited edition Jenni Bowlin Flight squeeze punch. Thanks, Fiskateers!
Good luck, and ‘may the odds be ever in your favor.’