How to Make a Flower Lei


A flower lei is a fun way to use blooms from virtually any flower to form a necklace for parties, wedding and birth celebrations, contests or other events. Making a flower lei is easy and goes together like any other flower garland. Select the flowers you want to use, anything from carnations and roses to jasmine and daisies, and collect about 50 flower heads for each lei you want to make.

Step 1

Measure and cut 100 inches of thread for each lei you want to make. Thread your needle and pull it to the center of the string.

Step 2

Tie the ends of the string together to form a knot, leaving four to five inches of tails hanging beyond the knot.

Step 3

Pierce the center of a blossom through the face of the flower and push the needle through the body of the flower to come out where the stem has been cut.

Step 4

Bring the flower down the string until you reach your knot. Continue to string your flowers as in Step 3, pushing each flower down to the last until you have 4 to 5 inches between the last flower and the eye of your needle.

Step 5

Cut the string at the eye of your needle and set the needle aside. Tie your two end tails together to form a knot to lock the last flower in place.

Step 6

Pair both ends of the lei side by side to form a necklace and tie the tails from each end together. The lei should easily slip over your head to hang around the neck.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton thread or string
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Large, long needle
  • Flower blossoms


  • "Let's Make a Memory"; Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson; 1982
  • Hawaii Flower Lei: Lei-Making Instructions
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Margaret Telsch-Williams is a freelance, fiction, and poetry writer from the Blue Ridge mountains. When not writing articles for Demand Studios, she works for as a contributor and podcast co-host.