There are so many exciting things happening this time of year, including graduation! At my high school and college, candy leis were a fun gift that graduates could wear on their special day and enjoy as a treat later. We decided to do our own take on this tradition by adding paper flowers, tassels, iridescent paper, and pops of neon. Hats off to all you graduates!
Step 1: Cut a long strip of cellophane 4” tall. Wrap the first piece of candy at the end of the strip, twist, and tie with ribbon. Double knot to secure.
Step 2: Add and wrap more candy into the cellophane until the strand is about 35” long. Tie the two ends together to make a basic lei.
- Cut fringe from a small stack of tissue paper that 4 inches tall 6 inches wide, with each fringe about 1 cm wide. Roll the cut fringe into a paper tassel. Then, twist the top of the tassel and knot a ribbon around it to keep it together. Leave extra ribbon at the ends and trim.
- Tie a tassel between each piece of candy using the ribbon from the tassel.
Pom Flower Lei
- Cut a small stack of tissue roughly 3” by 9”. Accordion fold the stack of tissue.
- Tie and knot a piece of ribbon around the middle of the folded paper. Then, cut thin fringe on both ends of the stack.
- Fan out the individual sheets and separate the fringe until you achieve a fluffy flower.
- Tie the ribbon from the flower to the candy lei to attach.
Statement Necklace Lei
- Wrap candy in cellophane using the same method as the other leis, only keeping it 12” long. Leave extra ribbon when tying off the sections of the lei.
- Cut a long piece of tissue paper, 4” tall, and twist to form a rope. You can tie two pieces together to achieve a longer strand. Tie the ends together.
- Use the extra ribbon from the wrapped candy to secure it to the paper necklace. Double knot to secure.
- Attach extra flair to the necklace by tying tissue paper tassels at the ends of the wrapped candies. All done!
Crafting by Naomi Julia Satake and Justine Pon