Instructions on how to make leis out of crepe paper. Originally posted on my blog dreamalildream.com.
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)
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).
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. :)