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Sunday
Apr222012

DIY Hunger Games Charm Bracelet

As I was trying to figure out what to get a special young lady for her thirteenth birthday I was really stumped. It's been over twenty years since I was thirteen and I have no idea what is cool for that age. I did know that she has read the The Hunger Games trilogy multiple times and had a Hunger Games themed party with her friends so I came up with the idea of making her a Hunger Games charm bracelet.

To start I bought some rectangle picture frame charms, chain and a clasp. I also found some cute little birds that looking like mockingjays but they were brass and wouldn't match the rest of the silver toned pieces I bought. I quickly fixed that with some coats of spray paint on the front and the back to turn the birds black.

To make the Hunger Games charms I downloaded pictures of the book covers from the internet and printed them out small enough to fit inside the picture frame charms. I cut them out and adhered the clear plastic that came with the charms over the little print outs. I then secured the book covers to the picture frame charms using a little dab of hot glue.

I started assembling the bracelet by putting five links in between each bird and two on the ends. The links were easy to open up using a small needle nose pliers. I added a clasp on the end of the chain and then added the book cover charms with an additional link.

I think that the bracelet is cute and I hope it is cool enough for a newly minted teenager. It would be easy to adapt to another theme and I just may have to make one of a different style for myself. 

Reader Comments (6)

I have a brand-new 13-year-old, and I know she'd love that! Sounds like a project I need to look into making. Where did you find the cute little birds?

April 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Sandy- I found the little bird charms in the jewelry section at Michaels. They were grouped with a bunch of other brass items. If you are going to download the book cover pictures I found them on wikipedia.

April 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterLisa

Did you get everything in the jewelry section at micheals! Please tell where you found everything. So cute and can't wait to do!

September 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Steph- Thank you so much! I did find find everything in the jewelry section of Michael's and then downloaded the book covers from Wikipedia. It was super easy to make and apart from the drying time for painting the birds black I spent only about fifteen minutes on it.

September 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterLisa

Could you provide the link from where you downloaded and printed the tiny book covers?

Also, I don't know if you ever do this, but it would help if you could make a YouTube video of putting the bracelet together. I haven't done any jewelry-making in ages and it would be nice to see what materials you used, where you bought them, how you put everything together, etc. Would that be possible?

September 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershelly

Shelly- Here are the links for the photos of the book covers:

Hunger Games: book cover picture
Catching Fire: book cover picture
Mockingjay: book cover picture

I won't be able to make a video as this was a project I made several months ago and already gave away as a gift. I purchased all of the supplies to make the bracelet from the jewelry aisle at Michael's.

September 23, 2012 | Registered CommenterLisa

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