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Crepe Paper Lei DIY + A Giveaway!

We’re partnering with Nestlé Pure Life Exotics to share how you can take an “Exotic Escape” even if you don’t have any vacations on the calendar.  This DIY crepe paper lei is super easy to make and is the perfect accessory for any tropical summer party. When you wear it, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to an island beach!  Nestlé Pure Life Exotics is all about taking mini vacations each day. Without leaving your home, you can go somewhere exotic by doing yoga, lighting a tropical candle, listening to new music, or drinking something refreshing – like their new line of tropical sparkling water flavors. It has carbonation similar to canned soda but without all the calories (and no artificial colors or sweeteners.)  It’s a refreshing way to stay hydrated all summer long. Today, Nestle is hosting a big giveaway that’ll make it really easy easy to take your own Exotic Escape. Click through below for the prizes and information on how to win!!

Crepe Paper Lei DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Crepe Paper Lei DIY | Oh Happy Day!

This Exotic Escape Kit includes a pack of Nestle Pure Life Exotics, our crepe paper lei, a hand-painted tote bag, a portable speaker, an iTunes gift card, a drink tumbler, an ice cream piggy bank, the best confetti ever, our favorite candy, a tropical stamp set, 3 handmade paper fans, a tropical-scented candle, palm tree food picks, bright ribbon, citrus plates and cups, and giant drink umbrellas.

Here’s how you can win!

1) Visit the My Exotic Escape website for flavors, coupons, and details on where to buy.
2) Comment below on your favorite way to escape from ordinary life (and which flavor you’d like to try!)

The giveaway ends on 7/10 when the winner will be chosen at random. You must be living in the United States to enter. Good luck!

Crepe Paper Lei DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Crepe Paper Lei DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Crepe Paper Lei DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Materials: Crepe paper (in Emerald Isle, White and Sweet Pea), brown rustic floral wire, floral wire, wire cuttersChartpak markers, glue, scissors

Step 1: Make the leaves. Fold a strip of crepe paper into a stack and cut several leaves at the same time. The leaves should be thin and about 6 inches long (with a stem at the bottom so you can attach it to the lei.) Make sure the grain is going from top to bottom so you can stretch it. Taking a few leaves at a time, stretch them out using two thumbs so they curve (and look more like natural leaves.) Make about 150-2oo (you may need more or less based on how long your lei is.
Step 2: Measure out a piece of brown rustic floral wire that wraps around your neck and lands about halfway down your chest on either side.
Step 3: Begin attaching the leaves to the brown rustic wire with floral wire. Start at the top of the brown wire and tie on 3-4 at a time. Continue down the brown wire and layer the leaves on top of each other.
Step 4: Make the flowers. Fold a strip of crepe paper into a stack and cut several petals out at the same time. The petals should be thick and about 2 inches long. Make sure the grain is going from top to bottom so you can stretch it. Taking a few petals at a time stretch them out using two thumbs so they curve down and look like a petal. Attach the petals together by winding a long piece floral wire around the base.
Step 5: Color in the centers of the flowers using yellow and orange Chartpak markers.
Step 6: Attach the flowers to the lei garland using the leftover wire at the base of the flowers.
Step 7: Enjoy!

Crepe Paper Lei DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Crepe Paper Lei DIY | Oh Happy Day!

This post is sponsored by Nestlé Pure Life Exotics: Escape from the ordinary.

  1. Gillian Helm

    July 6, 2015

    Strawberry Dragonfruit?! Sounds delish and a little dangerous 😉 Would go perfectly with an episode of OITNB!

  2. Erin J.

    July 6, 2015

    A good book out on the porch! I love the strawberry dragonfruit flavor!!

  3. Vanessa Madrigal

    July 6, 2015

    My fave way to escape is a good book and a hot bath. The Key Lime one sounds so good! :)

  4. Susi

    July 6, 2015

    My favorite way to escape is a good book at the beach and the key lime flavor sounds great!

  5. Laura

    July 6, 2015

    KEY LIME. Sounds like pie. Taking a little day hike is my favorite escape.

  6. Emily M.

    July 6, 2015

    I have two little ones under two and very little time to myself. My favorite way to escape is by taking a bubble bath a few times a week once they are in bed! I would love the try the Strawberry Dragonfruit flavor!

  7. Adee

    July 6, 2015

    Music always has the power to transport me far away. The tangerine flavor sounds yummy!

  8. Cheryl

    July 6, 2015

    Does a nap count? They’re my fave.

  9. Marlena

    July 6, 2015

    I would like to try the Key Lime. Honestly, my favorite escape is a book or movie!

  10. Sarah Hogue

    July 6, 2015

    Mango peach sounds refreshing after a long bike ride!

  11. Erin

    July 6, 2015

    My fav escape is to read a book uninterrupted for an hour–anywhere, anytime, just no little voices asking me what I’m doing!! And I would like to try the strawberry dragonfruit one-interesting flavor!

  12. Helen C

    July 6, 2015

    Key Lime is my choice and closing my eyes and pretending I hear waves in the background is my favorite pretend escape!

  13. Cassandra

    July 6, 2015

    The greatest way to escape from every day life is jumping in to a good book! All the flavors sound amazing! Especially Key Lime and Strawberry Dragon fruit!

  14. Michelle Maki

    July 6, 2015

    Tangerine is the ticket while exploring new city streets.

  15. Evan

    July 6, 2015

    My favorite way to escape is to hang out on my friend’s hammock with a book and some iced tea. Flavor: key lime.

  16. lauren

    July 6, 2015

    I can see it now, sipping an ice cold Strawberry Dragonfruit Nestle Pure Life Exotic while sitting in Le Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris. Not a care in the world. My favorite escape with my new favorite drink

  17. Aubreelin

    July 6, 2015

    I would LOVE to try STRAWBERRY DRAGONFRUIT!! I imagine I t would take me on a mini mind vacation every time I took a sip! My favorite way to relax is to seaside yoga on the sand… There’s just something about the sound of the water.

  18. Bianca Andrea

    July 6, 2015

    Strawberry Dragon Fruit, it sounds delish!

  19. logan

    July 6, 2015

    The Mango Peach Pineapple sounds yummy and so tropical! Perfect for the beach trip to escape reality for a bit :)

  20. Stephanie O

    July 6, 2015

    A cup of iced coffee with some treats and Bob Dylan is a great simple escape. I want to try the Mango Peach Pineapple.

  21. April

    July 6, 2015

    mango peach pineapple + rum + my patio + my bff + crafts and no kids = the staycay of my dreams! :)

  22. Tracey

    July 6, 2015

    Mango peach pineapple sounds like summer in a can! I love to search the travel tag on Instagram and lose myself in photos. I can travel the world vicariously…not the same, but cheaper and a great instant escape!

  23. Krista {This Is Our Jam}

    July 6, 2015

    I love escaping by going on a walk around my city with a good storytelling podcast in my headphones. (I’d love to try the mango peach!!)

  24. Cecilia

    July 6, 2015

    Tangerine! I love everything orange and just planted a tangerine tree. Yep!

  25. Annette

    July 6, 2015

    I could use a exotic getaway at home!! Fingers crossed!!

  26. Hannah C.

    July 6, 2015

    They all sound really good… hmm. Tangerine! I love citrusy sparkling water.

    My favorite way to escape is probably getting really into a project, I make pinatas and sometimes time just slips away. In a good way!

  27. Jenny B

    July 6, 2015

    Mango Peach, please!
    My favorite way to escape is a good book on the beach!

  28. Madi

    July 6, 2015

    My favorite way to escape is to put on some vinyl, drink some coffee and dance around!

  29. Madi

    July 6, 2015

    My favorite way to escape is to put on some vinyl, drink some coffee and dance around!

    Gimme that Key Lime! OOh la la

  30. Berenice m.

    July 6, 2015

    I would want to try mango peach pineapple! My favorite way to escape is to sit outside and enjoy tropical fruit like strawberry papaya or lychee.

  31. Nicole

    July 6, 2015

    Oh the mango peach pineapple looks delicious! My favorite way to escape is a warm bubble bath, beautifully scented candles and a great book!

  32. Cierra

    July 6, 2015

    I would prefer the strawberry dragonfruit. They all sound so delicious and refreshing. In order to excape ordinary life, I would take a road trip in my Volkswagen Bug with my family. We would just love to explore the beautiful countrysides and coasts.

  33. Traci H

    July 6, 2015

    Laying out by the pool is my great eacape all summer long ☺️ All the flavor look delicious, but I think Mango Peach Pineapple seems the most exotic!!

  34. Justine

    July 6, 2015

    That strawberry dragon fruit looks amazing. My favorite way to escape is with a cocktail and a good book!

  35. Patricia C.

    July 6, 2015

    my great escape is also a date with a good book on a summer day. tangerine sounds yummy!

  36. Carly

    July 6, 2015

    My favorite escape is in a good book and I’d like to try the Mango Peach Pineapple.

  37. Meredith Klobucnik

    July 6, 2015

    Honestly, just sitting on the couch with my phone looking at pretty inspired pics on IG in peace + quiet which is rare since I have 4 kids. Would love the Strawberry Dragonfuit! ☀️

  38. Zoë

    July 6, 2015

    I love to escape into bliss my curling up in all my blankets and watching a great movie or reading a novel.
    All the flavor so sound great, but I’d probably go for tangerine first.

  39. Isabel

    July 6, 2015

    I would go with a Mango Peach Pineapple. It inspires getting a tan in a tropical island just next to beach. I’d choose this flavor and of course, Dominican Republic. Great escape with a good tropic-taste.

  40. amy

    July 6, 2015

    Mango Peach Pineapple and Strawberry Dragonfruit are making my mouth water!! I live on an island, so my escape is just dropping the every day (laundry, dishes, cleaning, etc.) and packing a cooler to relax on a secluded beach.

  41. Deborah Muller

    July 6, 2015

    If my dream tropical vacation plans don’t end up with me going to exotic beaches in the Pacific at least sipping from a can of Strawberry Dragonfruit will help quench the wanderlust in me!

  42. Allison

    July 6, 2015

    I’d love to try the Key Lime flavor.
    I always visit my favorite French restaurant to escape from ordinary life. It’s like I step out of NC right into Paris!

  43. Ali

    July 6, 2015

    Strawberry dragonfruit! I escape from every day life by getting alone time any way I can! Baths and Netflix are a pretty great and easy way to relax and pretend like life doesn’t exist behind the bathroom door.

  44. Sarah Wiedmaier

    July 6, 2015

    The Mango Peach Pineapple sounds delicious! My favorite way to escape at home is either reading a book, watching a TV show, or reading my favorite blogs. All the better if I can do it with a yummy drink in hand! :)

  45. Anna

    July 6, 2015

    I love to get away from it all at a place with no service and a lake. Makes for a totally unplugged vacation, which is really the best kind! I’d be sipping the mango peach pineapple! Yum!

  46. Claire Johnson

    July 6, 2015

    Mmmm! Mango Peach Pinapple, sounds like the perfect combination of my favorite fruits!!! Now just to find myself an outdoor pool for the day!

  47. mirabelle

    July 6, 2015

    Strawberry Dragonfruit – with an impromptu dance party outside!

  48. Beth C

    July 6, 2015

    Mango peach pineapple & strawberry dragonfruit both sound amazing! My favorite getaway is a stroll or bike ride along the lake! & maybe take a break with a picnic on the sand!

  49. Laura

    July 6, 2015

    Mmmmm – key lime sounds lovely! One of my favorite ways to escape at home is to give my skin a little extra love by throwing on a sheet mask and grabing a book and a drink. Thirty or so minutes later I feel so good, it’s like I’ve spent some serious time at the spa. : )

  50. Katie Orgill

    July 6, 2015

    Mango peach pineapple?! Umm yes!! I wouldn’t mind escaping somewhere quiet with a good book and one of those delicious drinks!!

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