Crayon Lei Tutorial

2 Jul

Our friends who are also our neighbors are moving to the mainland tonight.  We are soooo bummed and will miss them so much.  Thankfully, they own their home here and plan on coming back in a few years after their dad’s residency is finished on the mainland.

While everyone loves flower lei, it’s just not practical with kids and sitting on an airplane for a five hour minimum.  I like practical.  So, I usually like to do crayon lei for kids.  This is especially good for pre-school or kindergarten graduations.  It also works if you live in a climate where flowers are not in abundance year round, or if you’d like to drop a lei in the mail.

First, just lay out a long strip of Saran Wrap.  Take in to consideration the size of the person who will be wearing it, but I usually run mine about five feet.  Place as many crayons in a small bunch as you’d like and space them out evenly across the length of the Saran.  You only need about an inch between each grouping.
Take one side of the Saran and wrap it over the Crayons.  Since traveling from Hawai’i to almost anywhere requires the use of Chapstick, my sister thought it would be a good idea to add that in.  Then, just wrap/roll the Crayons and Saran until you have one long snake-like lei.

Take some ribbon and start tying knots or bows between each group of crayons.  This one is pretty blah.  I usually like to use big ribbon, but I didn’t have any on hand for this one.  Fabric strips would be really cute too.After you’ve tied the whole thing, connect the ends and tie them together.  If you’re particular, open up the Saran on one end and stick the other end inside of it making a cleaner finish.  If you’re like me, you just overlap the ends and make your tie.  I made luggage tags for each of them and used rafia to attach them to the lei.  I first used the ribbon already on the lei but realized that if they decided to use the tags, they’d have to remove that tie.

The possibilities are endless.  A lot of times you’ll see candy.  Sometimes it’s full of dollar bills rolled up or other goodies.

On a side note.  If you’re talking about more than one lei, you don’t say, “leis.”  You just say, “lei.”  I made three lei today.  Aloha!


3 Responses to “Crayon Lei Tutorial”

  1. corieocookies July 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM #

    Satin ribbon looks nice but it’s so smooth it comes out, you should add that tip! : )

  2. Kailani July 4, 2011 at 9:33 AM #

    Curling ribbon is good too.

  3. Charlie July 27, 2011 at 5:39 AM #

    My girls LOVED these! I hope I have a pic of them wearing them somewhere…it was all such a blur! lol You are amazing, Emmie!

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