A candy lei is the perfect gift for any occasion including birthdays, graduations, Teacher Appreciation Week, bapstisms and Mother’s and Father’s Day. So, let me know show you how to make a cute candy lei in three simple steps.
Honestly, I don’t know why I haven’t learned how to make these before. They are seriously so easy but seem so fancy and fun when you give them away. Plus, there are so many different kinds of gift leis that you can make. Check it out.
Step #1: Measure and cut your cellophane
Make sure that you make your candy lei using cellophane and not saran wrap. Saran wrap makes your lei look crinkled and messy. Cellophane has a must crisper and clean look. I bought a 110-foot roll of cellophane on Amazon and it worked great.
Cut two strips of cellophane that measures 6 inches x 31.5 inches. You can do it longer if you want but this is the minimum length that you want to cut. Then lay the two strips out on a flat surface.
Step #2: Place and tape your candy
You can really take any small objects and put them into a gift lei, it doesn’t just have to be candy. Place the candy bars, gum or gifts on the strips of cellophane. Just make sure that the gifts for the lei aren’t too wide or long. They should be small, mini items. Here’s some examples of different types of leis that you can make:
- Candy bar lei
- Spa lei
- Money lei
- Birthday lei
- School supply lei (for teachers)
- Gift card lei
- Gum lei
The main thing you want to remember when making any gift lei, is that you need about eight small objects to put inside the lei. You can also double up items to get more gifts if you want.
Take the candies or gifts that you want to use for your lei and place them face down, equally spaced on the two strips of cellophane.
Make sure you leave an inch or two on each end so you can tie it off. Then, wrap the cellophane around each object and tape them down.
Step #3: Tie with ribbons
The last step is to cut 8-10 strips of 10″ ribbon and then tie each on in between each object and on the ends.
You can also tie multiple colorful strips of ribbons on your lei. Once you’ve tied your ribbons between each object, tie the ends together with the ribbons that are already tied onto the lei. Then curl your ribbons with some scissors.
That’s it! Super easy, right? Once I got the hang of it, I could put together a candy lei in about 10 minutes. I made these three different leis for my son’s birthday, as a congratulations gift after my son’s play and for one of my kids’ teachers. They LOVED every single on of them.
Check out the video below that explains how to make a gift lei step-by-step. What other ideas do you have for a gift lei? Leave your comments below.