A lei is a Hawaiian garland that is usually made out of flowers. These are also given as a sign of greeting to tourists who visit Hawaii. Making a lei out of fresh flowers can be expensive and they don’t last long as the flowers eventually wilt. If you are going to a costume party or a Hawaiian themed celebration, you can make your own lei using coffee filters. This lei will last longer and you will have the freedom to choose the colors that you want on your lei.
Here are the simple steps on how you can make your own lei using coffee filters:
- Materials. Gather all the materials that you need for the project so that they are within reach when you start your activity. You will need food coloring, small bowls of water, coffee filters, a needle, strong thread, scissors, rubber bands and a puncher. If you are going to work with children, you can use a puncher instead of the needle.
- Coloring the coffee filters. The first step is to color the coffee filters in the colors that you want. Put a few drops of the food coloring in the bowls of water. You can mix different colors of food coloring to come up with another color. The more food coloring you add to the water, the darker the color will be. If you want your flowers to have a white center, just dip the edges of the coffee filter instead of submerging the entire coffee filter in the water and food coloring mixture. After this, allow the coffee filters to dry completely before you do the next steps.
- Making the lei. When the coffee filters are dry, the next step is to tie them individually with rubber bands so that the coffee filters get some creases. This will make it appear more realistic. Just get the center of the coffee filter and tie a rubber band around it.
When you have tied all the coffee filters with rubber bands, leave them a few minutes before removing the bands. The coffee filters now have creases on them. Get the puncher and punch holes at the center of each coffee filter. If you are working on your own, you can just use a needle and thread to punch holes through the coffee filters. Do this until you are happy with your lei. You can leave a small space so that it will be easier for you to wear the lei around the neck. If you want, you can also fill the entire lei with flowers. The choice is up to you.
These are the simple steps on how you can make your own lei by using coffee filters. This is a great way to make a lei without spending so much money buying fresh flowers. You can also do this and use it as a decorative item for parties that you are going to have in your house. Let you creative juices flow and use other items for your lei!