Introduction: How to Make Crepe Paper Leis

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Instructions on how to make leis out of crepe paper. Originally posted on my blog

Easy and great for Hawaiian themed parties.

Step 1: Supplies Needed

  • Crepe paper in rolls (or in folded sheets cut into 2 inch strips)
  • Needle and Thread (I measured about 2 yards, but this depends on how long you want or need your lei to be&whatever you determine double it and thats your thread length)
  • Scissors

Step 2: Start Sewing

First measure your thread and cut it to size. Thread your needle and make the thread doubled so it is stronger than just one strand, and tie a knot at the end.

Start hand sewing through the center of your crepe paper. You want to do about 1/4 inch stitches and pull your thread all the way through to the end as you go.

Step 3: Gather It

Bunch up (like a fan) as you go.

Step 4: Twist and Twirl

Once you have maybe an inch or more in length bunched, stop and twist clockwise, maintaining the tightness somewhat to keep the twirl.

Step 5: Repeat to End

Keep going and repeat until you have reached the desired length of lei (on average it takes me an hour or so to do one).

Step 6:

When you get to the end, sew into the beginning and knot off to connect the lei.

Step 7: Cut Excess Thread

Cut remaining thread and you're done! Enjoy!

Step 8: Finished Lei

Good job. Here is what your finished lei should look like. :)