How to Make Silk Flower Leis

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Silk Flower Lei
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Silk flower leis are simply silk flowers that are strung together on heavy string. There are infinite possibilities for creating a silk flower lei. You can use only one color of silk flowers or you can vary the colors. You can use many different kinds of flowers or only one kind. Some flower leis also incorporate greenery. Leis that are designed to be more masculine typically incorporate more greens than feminine leis. Making silk flower leis can be a unique party activity, or you could use these leis in decorating as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Silk flowers (colors and kinds are your choice)
  • White crochet thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors

Take apart the silk flowers. Place the flower parts into piles according to color. Separate the green leaves into a separate pile. Throw away any plastic pieces from the silk flowers.

Determine the finished length desired for your lei. Any length between 24 and 36 inches would be typical. Cut a piece of thread this length. Knot the thread at the end.

Place two green leaves onto the thread first to begin the lei. Do not insert the needle through the hole from the plastic flower stem. Pass it through the silk part of the leaf. Slide the leaves all the way along the thread to the knot at the end.

Begin to place the blossoms onto the thread. Place approximately four blossoms onto the thread and slide them all the way along the thread against the previous blossoms. Tie a knot after the fourth blossom to secure the blossoms.

Add two more green leaves after the knot and then four more blossoms. Tie another knot to secure.

Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the thread is full of blossoms and leaves. Pass the needle through the first green leaves again to make a circle of blossoms and leaves.

Knot the thread securely and clip the excess to finish the silk flower lei.

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