Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Candy Lei Tutorial

One thing that I love about my school is how diverse it is. We have a large population of Islander students (Guam, Chuuke, etc.) In island culture, people celebrate with leis. Traditionally they are made out of flowers or shells, but really they can be made out of anything. Last week was our 8th grade promotion, and the Islander families came out in force with all kinds of leis. Probably the most common was the candy/money leis. My nephew just finished 8th grade, so I thought I would bring him a little something to celebrate. In just under 6 minutes, I had made two separate candy leis.

This is so super simple, I just don't even know where to begin.
Materials needed:
various candy, plastic wrap, ribbon, scissors, tape (not pictured)
Optional: photo bombing cat
Step 1-3:
Lay out the plastic wrap. 
Place the candy down in small groups.
Roll the saran wrap over the candy (kind of like a tube.)
 Step 4-6:
Tie the ribbon around each section of candy. 
Curl the ends of the ribbon.
Tape the two ends of the tube together.
These are super simple and quick to make. They also can be as inexpensive as you need them to be. You can trade out the ribbon color to go with the school colors. Also the candy can be switched with little trinkets or what ever is appropriate for the occasion (mini alcohol bottles for a bachelorette party?) I think they would be really cute favors for a baby shower.

Do you have any quick go to gifts/favors?


Erika said...

What a fun idea! I have never thought of leis being anything but flowers...what a new world you have opened me up to!! :)

Becky Dougherty said...

That's a really cute idea! I never thought of leis being made of candy or other objects! :)

Rachel said...

My family is from Hawaii, yes proceed to be jealous, where graduation lei's are a serious competition. People cut apart pool noodles and make huge lei's which makes them more popular. I guess!

Rachel said...

Oh wow, I've never seen anything like that before! I never know that non-flower leis existed!

Alison said...

Fun!! I want one. I'm also saving this idea for future party ideas :)

Jen said...

These are so fun! I love them! :)