The candy lei is special gift that is simple to make and fun to receive. Present this delicious garland to celebrate your loved ones on any special occasion:
- New Year's
- Valentine's Day
- Mother's/Father's Day
- OR...just to say "I Love You"
With just a few simple materials, and about 15 minutes of free time, you can create a beautiful candy lei!!! Here's how...
You Will Need...
- 3-5 feet of craft netting (you can also use cellophane or clear wrap)
- Pair of scissors
- Curling ribbon
- Personalized gift tag
- Decorative bow/ribbon
- Candy (15 - 50 individually-wrapped pieces)
NOTE: You can use any type of individually-wrapped candy, however, be wary of candy that will damage easily. Because your lei will be worn, body heat and weather conditions can cause the candies (such as chocolate) to melt. Tiny candy boxes are the easiest to use, however, any pouched or packaged candy will do the trick. You can use just one type of candy (to match a theme or preferred treat) OR mix and match different types to create a "rainbow" candy lei.
Measure your netting. The ideal length for a lei, from end to end, is about 48 inches. This length will create a large lei that will hang nicely. However, you can make smaller lei as well. Just remember- regardless of what length you choose, always leave an extra inch or two on each end for tying!
Create a small loop at the end of the netting and tie a knot (leaving the loop intact). This will be your connecting piece for the other end of the lei.
Place the first candy into the netting and push it all the way down to the looped knot.
Cut a strip of curling ribbon (about 2.5 - 3 in. long).
Place the curling ribbon strip after the netted candy and tie into a knot.
Add the next candy into the netting and tie off with another strip of curling ribbon.
Repeat step 6 until the lei has reached your desired length.
After the last strip of curling ribbon, add on your gift tag.
Once the gift tag is secured, take the loose end of your netting and pull it through the looped end. This will connect both ends of the lei together.
Double-knot the two ends together to prevent them from separating during use.
Tie your bow onto the lei to cover the knot.
Go back with your scissors to curl the ribbons (optional)
Viola!! Your candy lei is ready to be gifted ;)
Here's a Candy Lei Tutorial (using cellophane)...
More Sweet Resources...
- Crafting Is Fun - Mountain Idea - Leis & Flowers
Buy lei netting & supplies HERE!
- How to Make Candy Lei - Oh Nuts Blog
Here's a candy lei tutorial (using clear wrap)
- Make Your Hawaiian Candy Lei Order
Personalize a candy lei using island treats!
- Lei (garland) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Learn all about the lei tradition here...
Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on July 22, 2014:
The candy lei is a great idea. Thanks to your hub I know what my granddaughter will be giving out as favors for her birthday. I better get busy. Up and awesome.
TattooKitty (author) from Hawaii on October 09, 2012:
Using this craft for a baby shower is a wonderful idea, esp. since you can customize the candy to match the gender of the baby-of-honor! Thanks for commenting & have a lovely shower!!
Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on October 09, 2012:
This is great! Thanks for sharing. I may try it for a baby shower!
TattooKitty (author) from Hawaii on October 08, 2012:
Mahalo for reading, kitty! This is also a great gift for Trick-or-Treaters!! (Whaaaaattt...I get a whole LEI of candy?? SCORE!!!)
Kitty Fields from Summerland on October 08, 2012:
What a cool idea...and such an awesomely constructed hub. Great job!
TattooKitty (author) from Hawaii on October 08, 2012:
Thanks for stopping by, Vespa! This project is a great craft for any party involving sweets...hope you have fun making them! My pit bull enjoyed modeling my candy lei, but I think he would have liked it better if it was filled with dog treats...LOL!!!
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on October 08, 2012:
I love the idea of a candy lei! I might have to make some for a little party. I especially enjoyed the photo of the doggie modeling the lei. : ) Thank you!
TattooKitty (author) from Hawaii on July 15, 2012:
Yes, the netting I used is in an enclosed, tubular form. You can order many different colors online at this website:
Stephanie on May 29, 2012:
Hello TattoKitty, I love your idea and am so glad you added pictures. I have one question. Is you craft netting enclosed? It looks like all you have to do is slip the candy through. I haven't been able to find it and only found tulle that I have to roll. Yours look so much easier. Thanks
TattooKitty (author) from Hawaii on October 17, 2011:
Lol- Cisco is such a good model ;)
Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on October 17, 2011:
I love the photos too! The one of your doggie wearing the lei is priceless :-)
TattooKitty (author) from Hawaii on October 13, 2011:
Hey Austinstar!! Thanks for the comment- I'm glad you enjoyed my hub ;) Making a candy lei is a great way to bring a piece of Hawaii into your home!
Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on October 12, 2011:
Oh, how I miss the lei's of Hawaii. But I never saw one of these. I can't wait to make one.
TattooKitty (author) from Hawaii on October 07, 2011:
You're very welcome, Icbenefield! Kids will love being able to choose which candies to use. Not to mention, with Halloween right around the corner, they'll have lots of treats to choose from!! ;)
lcbenefield on October 07, 2011:
What an awesome craft project. This would be perfect for a children's party activity. Thanks for sharing.