How to Make a Paper Lei

To a kid, making a paper lei is similar to the real flower lei. With a little adult supervision to start things off, the imagination and creatively of the leis can flow from the kids. This project is great for kids ages 4 and up.


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    Cut plastic party straws into 1 inch (2.5 cm) lengths.
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    Create a basic flower design template on paper. Cut the piece out and make paper flowers out of construction paper, using different colors. Punch holes in the middle of each flower.
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    Poke string through the hole of the flower, then thread it through a straw. The straws will create dividers, so keep on alternating the flowers and straws until you get a good length. Cut off the remaining string and tie both ends together
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    Adore your own lei creation!
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  • Macaroni, beads, and other jewelry items can be used along with the straws, or even replace the straws altogether if you don't have any.
  • Consider using silk flowers in place of construction paper. Some silk flowers can be taken apart and the layers used individually.
  • Help kids that have a hard time tying their lei. Be careful not to tear the paper in the process.
  • This project is excellent for younger kids, however, it's highly suggested that adults handle the cutting for the youngest kids.
  • Paper leis will never die, but you don't have to keep them forever ( though the little ones may cry if you throw it away).


  • Be careful when using scissors, as always!

Things You'll Need

  • Colorful construction paper, Non-flexible party straws, 30 to 40 inches of string or yarn per child, Scissors, Pencil or pen, and Other accessories that the kids can use.
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