You Will Need ...
  1. Individually wrapped candies (e.g., Jolly Ranchers, Laffy Taffys, peppermints, mini candy bars)

  2. Ribbon

  3. Plastic wrap (clear or colored)

  4. Scissors

  5. Ruler or tape measure (optional)

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Step 1: 

Unroll about two feet of plastic wrap and lay it flat on your work surface. Cut it off from the rest of the roll. Place candies in a line down the center of the wrap.

Step 2: 

Your candies should be spaced 1-2 inches apart. Leave several inches of wrap at each end as well.

Step 3: 

Fold the sides of the wrap over the candies. You want to make sure they are fully encased, and that there are no holes where they might slip out!

Step 4: 

Cut your ribbon into 6-inch pieces. You'll want one piece to go in between the candies, so make sure you have at least the same number of ribbons as candies, plus a few extra to tie off the ends.

Step 5: 

Place a piece of ribbon under the empty plastic wrap between two pieces of candy. Tie the ribbon around the empty space, pulling it tight and sealing off a "pouch" around the candy. Continue until all the candies are sealed inside, and double check each one to make sure there are no gaps or holes where the candy could fall out.

Step 6: 

You should have a few inches of empty wrap at each end of your lei. Bring the ends together...

Step 7: 

... and tie them tightly together with another ribbon. You might want to check to see that the lei is the right length before tying it off.

Step 8: 

It's as easy as that! Now you've got a pretty lei that you can give to someone, or wear yourself!

Age: 
School-age
Tween
Teen
Adult
Senior
Basic: 
Food
Craft Length: 
5 - 15 minutes
Difficulty: 
Attention, please! (a few rules to follow)
Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
Supervision: 
1 adult per 5 children
Tips: 

1. If you know your recipient is going to wear your lei in the sun, avoid candies that can melt, like chocolate!

Variations: 

1. Instead of candy, you can use small toys or action figures.
2. Instead of a necklace, you can size the lei shorter to fit as a bracelet or a crown.
3. You can tie fake flowers into the ribbon between candies to make the lei look a little more like a traditional lei.

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