Lei Making Is Fun!
Paper Lei Making:
Create a basic "Daisy" style flower design. Either trace your master flower or copy the flower design onto colored paper. If your lei makers will have limited time cut out the flowers and make a hole in the center of each flower.
To make thread one flower, one "filler" of your choice, one flower, etc onto the string. Leave about 2 inches on each end to tie the lei. Hang around your neck or the neck of your sweetie!
Orchid Lei Making:
To make your own fresh leis you will need:
loose orchids or other fresh flower blooms
For neck leis use 90" of string and about 50 loose orchids. For head leis take the head measurement and add 8". Then double that for the length of the string and use about 25 loose orchids. For wrist/ankle leis use 16" of string and about 10-15 loose orchids.
To make the leis first remove the stems from the orchids. Fold the string in the middle so there is an even amount on either side. Hook lei string onto lei needle in the middle. Hold the needle close to the sharp end and stick needle through the orchid throat and out through the butt end of orchid. Pull the orchid onto the needle and repeat the process. Slide the orchids down the needle as you add them. This allows you to maintain control of the lei needle and arrange the orchids. Once you have several orchids arranged on the lei needle then slide the group of orchids down onto the lei string. Continue to string the flowers until there is about 2 inches on each end to tie the lei. Neck leis can be tied closed once completed. Head, wrist, and ankle leis should be tied at the time they are going to be worn. Once your lei is complete proudly wear your fresh flower lei or give it to your sweetie!
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