I am so excited to be part of Color My Summer on Delia’s amazing blog.

I am excited to share my RED summer project with you!  I am a preschool teacher and in a couple of weeks, we are going to be having a Hawaiian Luau!  I thought it would be fun for the kids to make their own paper Leis.  I loved the idea of using bright RED paper flowers.  Here are some tricks to how we made these-so you can get ready for a LUAU party this summer!

Let’s get started.

Supplies you need to make homemade Hawaiian Leis:

-Large Flower Punch

-Thick Cardstock

-drinking straws cut into 1 inch pieces

-Paper Hole Punch

-Yarn or Thick String

-Floss Threaders (important for little ones)

These floss threaders are a must if you are having kids make these leis.  Tie the yarn or string around the hole of the floss threader and your child will have a much easier time placing the straws and flowers on the yarn.  I use these in my preschool for lacing and other neclace making activities as well.

To make these lies:

-Start by cutting your straws into 1 inch pieces and punching out your flowers.

-Punch a hole in the center of each flower.

-Cut your yarn or string to the desired length and then tie on your floss threader at the end.

-Let your little one add a straw then a flower, creating a pattern.  You could use multiple colors of flowers and make an even brighter pattern.

-When finished adding straws and flowers, tie the end strings together!  Now you have a very cute Paper Lei!  You are ready to HULA!


My little girl was excited to wear her Paper Lei!  Can’t wait for our LUAU!


  1. This is too cute! Adding to list of things to do!!!

  2. Thank you Jamie for being my guest. This is such a great summer project. And thank you for being flexible with all the changes and idiosyncracies of this series. You guys are great.

  3. Ruthanne Says: May 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    these are ADORABLE! Bookmarking this for next year when I teach K-2.

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  5. What a cute projects for kids of all ages!! I shared your link on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crafter-Hours/182950868417787. Thanks for the post!

  6. We made these in scouts one year. Then I put on a pool birthday party and made them again but used fun foam for the flowers. The kids made their own leis to match their swimsuits. The fun foam was more durable than the paper around all the water and summer activities. Enjoy

  7. Great idea to make your own! My daughter’s class is having “Paradise Week” this week – these would be perfect!

  8. Thank you so much for this idea! I’m going to use it tomorrow for a luau theme for my daughter’s homeschool girls club. A tip for others–the straws we were going to use went right through the holes in the flowers so I opted to use rigatoni noodles since they were bigger. The floss threaders are going to work so well. Thank you!

  9. Love this idea! I’m going to make these for favors for my daughter’s birthday party next month. Here are the first few I tried:

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  17. Thank you!!! This is great!

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