I’ve done a few World Book Days.
I’ve gone around the Harry Potter block. I’ve done Where’s Wally, Hermione Granger and the White Witch.
This year Mia wanted to be Katniss Everdeen for World Book Day.
She adores the Hunger Games heroine. Loves what she wears, what she stands for and the fact that she can shoot an arrow with deadly precision while still looking cool.
Oh and she loves her hair too.
So she had many of the clothes in her wardrobe. She has a faux black leather jacket that she thinks is perfect. I watched this hair tutorial for how to braid her hair in a Hunger Games style and I ordered her a Mockingjay pin.
But the bow and arrow. What to do about the bow and arrow? The ones we could order were ‘lame’ she protested and the decent ones are far too expensive.
So I made a Hunger Games bow and arrow and quiver set. And I’m utterly delighted with it. I used materials that were lying around the house (and at the bottom of the garden!) and it took me less than an hour.
3 sturdy twigs from the bottom of the garden. We’re really lucky to have a black bamboo and these were brilliant for fashioning the bow out of.
String (I found two different types in the kitchen junk drawer. Bonus)
Empty squash bottle
Old tea towel
So simple to make. I stripped down the longest twig and cut a notch at one end and wound the string around and back on itself. I then held this end between my feet and pushed down on the twig at the top until it curved in a bow stylee and then bound the other end of the string to the other end of the twig, keeping the tension and so keeping the bow shape.
Next I bound a length of string around the middle of the bow to form the ‘handle’ and secured with PVA glue.
Again I stripped down the two other twigs and cut them down to arrow size.
At one end I added arrow heads made from orange card (taped down both sides to form a ‘sock’, slipped it onto the twig, then taped the bottom edges).
At the other end I added feathers made from black card. Again I formed a ‘sock’ by taping both edges together, then cut into them to made a feather-like pattern.
Slipped them onto the end of the arrow.
I took a squash bottle and cut the tapered end and lid off.
To make it stand a little taller I added a sheet of card, folded to make a cylinder and pushed it down into the bottle to keep it secure.
Next I poked holes in the very top and very bottom of the quiver to feed the strap (another piece of string doubled up) through.
I covered with an old brown tea towel which looks kinda earthy and again poked the strap through and tucked the excess material in the top of the bottle and stapled the overlapping edges.
Finally I bound more string around the top and bottom to make it look more authentic.
I am delighted with it but more importantly Mia is boasting to anyone who will listen that her mum made this.
So, I give you Katniss Everdeen. Cool chick (she wouldn’t let me photograph her from the front as that was ‘too boring’!).
May the odds be ever in her favour . . .