DIY Hawaiian Paper Lei

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Paper Crafts Anyone?

This Hawaiian Lei is a perfect craft for toddlers and children learning to cut and thread. It is easy to make and beautiful to wear!

Should you be having a Hawaiian birthday party theme – this one goes down a treat!


Make your Own Paper Lei


We made our own flowers. I am going to show you how to do that in a sec, however making flowers for many Lei making children (as in a birthday party full) may just be a little too time consuming, so I have also included some links to flower punches – and better yet, ready made flowers – buy them by the bag full!


Let get started!

We made our flowers and cut some straws. The straws were cut into 2 – 3cm (1 inch) bits.

The flowers were made as follows:

I took an A4 paper and cut it into 3 strips, and then I cut those strips into squares.


How to Make a paper flower - step 1


Now, fold the square in half, and then in half again.


How to Make a paper flower - step 2


Look for the corner that is closed. This is the centre of the flower, so you need to make a hole to use for threading. Cut the tiniest bit off the corner.

Then on the opposite side to the little cut shape your flower. Experiment here a little – you can make petals or cut one arch over the top (that makes a nice poppy shaped flower.)


How to Make a paper flower - step 3


Flowers all made and ready! We used pink and red, but it goes without saying that you can use any / many colors – as you wish!


How to make a paper flower - the easy way


All flowers done, straws cut!


Make your own Hawaiian Lei


Thread all your straws and flowers onto a piece of string. Alternate a flower and a piece of straw.


Paper Hawaiian Lei - Make your Own - this is so easy


When you think your Lei is long enough (a Lei should reach your belly button) tie it off and there you go!

A beautiful paper craft project that could not be more easy!


Paper Flower Hawaiian Lei


Having a Hawaiian Party? Need MANY flowers?

Here are some (affiliate) links to Amazon where I have selected some flower punches or ready made paper flowers for you to consider.


I really hope you enjoy making these as much as we did!

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