How to Make a Flower Lei

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Making a flower lei can be done using any type of blossom, string, dental floss or raffia, and a very long needle. See how to thread blossoms onto the string with a demonstration from a Hawaiian entertainment director in this free video on making a lei.

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Aloha, my name is Nalani and we're here at the Mai Kai Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In this clip we're going to talk about how to make flower leis. There are many different kinds of leis, there are money leis, penny leis, candy leis, double leis, haku leis. But today I'm going to teach you how to do a simple flower lei. O.k., the materials that we need are first of all string. I like using this kind of string but you could also use dental floss or raffia. Then of course we need a scissors to cut the string with and a needle. O.k., I use the longest needle that I can find, it's easier to string the flowers on to. And then we have our flowers. Today I'm using orchids, but you can use any kind of lei to make a flower lei, I mean any kind of flower to make a flower lei. O.k., first we open our package, and we take out our flowers. And on this particular flower, you're going to remove the stem. O.k., you just take off the stem, and you string your string. I measure out the string from the end of my arm all the way across my chest to my other shoulder. As you can see we've already threaded our needle, now we're going to start stringing our flowers on to our string. And what you do is put the needle through the bottom of the flower, and up through the top. And on the orchid it's important to come through the bud of the orchid so the flower stays sturdy on the string. Pull the flower all the way through to the end. Then you get your next flower, take off the stem again, Thread it through the bottom, through the bud on top, string it to the end. Now when you get to the first flower, you want to place this flower right in to the first flower, just like that, very gently because the flowers break easily. And you want to line them up nicely so that they're all in the same direction, so it makes a prettier lei. After you've strung all the flowers together, you'll eventually have this beautiful flower lei. And that's how you make a flower lei. This is Nalani from Mai Kai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Thank you for watching.

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