You don’t have to be Hawaiian to make a candy lei. You don’t even have to use candy.
For my grandchildren this Christmas, I got some gum, fruit leather and trail mix to make lei for them. Small wrapped candies work well. So do small toys like matchbox cars.
The trail mix I got as a healthier choice don’t work out. The packages are too big.
To make these lei you will need:
candy, gum, toys or other small items.
measuring tape or stick.
Start with a 40 to 44 inch piece of plastic wrap. You want the lei to end up about 36 inches.
Lay the items face down and fold the wrap over them.
Start twisting in between items.
Cut pieces of ribbon or yarn about 12″.
Use these to tie between items. Turn the items face up and have the bows on the front side.
Twist the ends together. Tape if necessary.
The gum boxes were harder to twist around because of the rigid corners and size. For these, I tied in between boxes without twisting.
Tie a pretty bow at the joining and just add child.
You can tailor the items in the lei to the child’s preferences. You can use pretty hair clips in between items.
What would you put in a lei?
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