When I was at San Francisco Pride this weekend, I got overwhelming interest about my head piece and if I made it. I would give mini, impromptu, tutorials on how and where they could probably find tutorials on how to make them. I've been making these for years so I figured, why not make my own tutorial?

So here it is!

What is a ribbon lei you ask?
Well, curious bystander, let me tell you a thing! A ribbon lei is traditionally a form of necklace. The word "lei" referring to the Hawaiian wreaths that beautiful woman place around your neck, typically made of flowers, when you arrive at a Lu'au. However, ribbon leis have many practical and cosmetic uses! They are a series of loops and are made by weaving these loops together.

Difficulty level:
We're hovering around a "I learned how to do this when I was 6" level.

Approximate Time Needed:
The one seen in the examples took me about 1/3 of an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. So about 10-15min for a head piece and MAYbe 20-15min for an entire lei. Maybe even less if you're not watching an episode of your favorite TV show and periodically getting distracted by awesomeness.

So are you ready?!

I'm going to make YOU a ribbon lei expert!

Step 1: Supplies

You will need two things when making a ribbon lei.

1. Ribbon
2. Two available hands.

That's a lot to remember so let's go over these supplies in detail.

You can use any ribbon to make a ribbon lei. Please excuse my over excessive use of the word 'literally', but you can use literally any ribbon! You can even use things that are ribbon shaped, like grass or tape! You will, of course, get different results of elasticity, width, and texture depending on the ribbon you use, but for the sake of learning how to make a ribbon lei, you can use any old ribbon you've got laying around.

How much ribbon will you need? For a headpiece, about a 4ft of ribbon. For a headpiece with long tassels, about 2-3 yards depending on the length of your tassels. For a entire lei, I play it safe and get two spools of the same ribbon. You can use the excess ribbon, if any, to make a matching bracelet or headpiece.

You can even use two different colors/types of ribbon, which makes for an excellent pattern, but ensure your ribbon is the same width or your loops will come out lopsided.

I have to hand it to ribbon lei making, pun intended, that it is a very hand friendly activity. My mom had pretty severe arthritis and she enjoyed making ribbon leis and could pump them out like it was making her money! It's also friendly to shaky hands. There's nothing precise about making ribbon leis! If you're looking for a hobby that requires very little dexterity, this is the activity for you!

<p>This is so nice,-</p><p>Thank you;</p><p>Rima</p>
<p>This is so nice,-</p><p>Thank you;</p><p>Rima</p>
love making these now! and you saved me paying loads for a new belt!! the pictures are absolutely amazing, and really easy to follow! I'm not surprised everyone loved them!!!
<p>Thanks doodledoos!!! </p><p>I'm so happy these were helpful! I'm excited to hear about your new belt!</p>
<p>Cute!I love these type of head piece.Gonna to try this.</p>
<p>These are so cute and versatile! People kept stopping you every few minutes to ask where you got it!</p>
<p>Haha everyone was wild about it! I thought it was just a simple last minuet thing too. Glad it was so popular! Maybe it was my company ;P</p>
<p>Flattery will get you everywhere :P</p>
Thank you for this tutorial! I'll be up all night making these now xD
<p>It's so easy to get caught up in making these. Especially because you can make so many with just 3 yards and ribbon is so inexpensive! </p><p>Glad you like them :)</p>
<p>Looks great! Love the description, too. :)</p>
<p>Haha thanks! Writing is one of my all time favorite activities so that's a huge compliment to me. I appreciate it :)</p>
<p>Love it!</p>
<p>Thanks, Gabrieltaft!!!</p><p>Makes me happy you love it!</p>
<p>Perfect for pride!!!</p>
<p>I normally make mass amounts of 1/4in ribbon bracelets for my friends and family for pride in ombre rainbow ribbon. I didn't have time this year but yes! Definitely popular for anything color themed! I also make them for graduations and school events where there's an opportunity to make them in school colors :)</p>
<p>These look totally cute! I need to make some for my sisters. They'd love it! Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>Oh yes! I make them for all my family members. It's almost a tradition. I think all my sisters and family members have more than they know what to do with! I make mass amounts of 1/4in ribbon bracelets for Pride most years for my friends and family. I didn't have time due to work this year. </p><p>Glad you like my ribbon leis :)</p>
<p>Awesome, great job! I love ribbon braiding like this! Never thought of using it as a headband though...nice! :)</p>
<p>Thank you! </p><p>It's one of my favorite easy crafts! I give them as gifts a lot but I try to embellish them with beads or flowers&lt;3</p>

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