Boca Raton, Florida – Many people in tropical islands, like Hawaii and Polynesia, wear flower lei necklaces to welcome guests or to celebrate birthdays and graduations. If you want to make a lei for your party guests or business associates, make the leis in advance or set up a “lei-making station” and have your guest make their own. You can greet each guest with a warm, special lei greeting welcome. Leis can be made of flowers, shells, feathers, leaves, seeds, and nuts.
Step 1. Collect 50 fresh flowers
You’ll need to gather about 50 blossoms. Make sure they are an adequate size and have durable petals. Orchids, plumerias, and daisies are recommended for making your lei.
Step 2. Cut the string
Cut the mono-filament or fishing string to the length you want your lei to be, adding a few inches so that you can tie the ends off.
Step 3. Thread the needle
Thread the needle with the cut fishing string. Tie a knot at the end of the fishing string to establish a “stopper” at the starting point of your lei.
Step 4. Thread the flowers
Insert the needle through the base of the flower bloom and gently pull it along the fishing string to the starter knot. Repeat the process for all the blooms facing he same direction until the fishing string is full of the blooms.
Step 5. Tie the ends in a knot
When the lei reaches the desired length, tie off the ends of the fishing line in a knot and snip off the excess fishing string.