Hula Lei

Cut out some paper or foam flowers and leaves and string them together into a colorful hula lei.
Hula Lei craft


  • Elastic string or ordinary string
  • Colored paper or craft foam
  • Drinking straws
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch


Step 1 Hula Lei 1. Hula leis can be worn as necklaces, headpieces, bracelets or anklets. Decide which ones you want to make and cut the appropriate length of string. Make a knot on one end of your string.
Step 2 Hula Lei 2. Draw and cut flower shapes from colored paper or craft foam. We also have flower lei templates that you can print and cut out.

For a bracelet or anklet, you will need about 6 to 8 flowers; for a necklace or headpiece, you will need around 16 to 20 flowers.
Step 3 Hula Lei 3. Draw and cut out leaf shapes from green paper or craft foam. The leaves should be slightly larger than the flowers. Make the same number of pieces as the flowers.
Step 4 Hula Lei 4. Punch a hole through the center of each flower and leaf. Make sure that the hole is big enough for the string to get through.
Step 5 Hula Lei 5. Cut drinking straws into 1-inch long pieces. You'll need approximately the same number as the flowers.
Step 6 Hula Lei 6. String the pieces together in this order: straw, flower and leaf.
Step 7 Hula Lei 7. When you've strung enough pieces, make a knot right after the last piece.
Step 8 Hula Lei 8. If you're using an elastic string you can tie both ends of the string together to complete the lei.
Step 9 Hula Lei 9. If you're using ordinary string, knot both ends as you wear the lei.

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