How To Make A Basic Fresh Orchid Lei
In Hawaii leis are worn for special celebrations and given anytime as a symbol of love and/or appreciation. It is easy to create fresh orchid leis to wear for a Luau or Hawaii theme wedding! Making leis is a fun activity for guests of all ages at a Hawaii themed celebrations!
The variegated purple dendrobium orchid bloom is a popular flower used in fresh leis in Hawaii because it is beautiful and durable. This hearty bloom handles body heat and being worn for long periods of time well along with good longevity.
Many styles of lei can be created from dendrobium orchid blooms using the whole orchid head or just the petals. Variegated purple, white, lavender, and green are the common colors dendrobium orchids used in fresh leis.
Leis can be worn on the neck, head, wrist, and ankles!
For neck leis use 90 inches of string and about 50 orchids.
For head leis take the head measurement and add 8 inches.
Then double that for the length of the string and use about 25 orchids.
For wrist and ankle leis use 16 inches of string and about 10-15 orchids.
STEP 2: Fold the string in the middle so there is an even amount on each side. Hook lei string onto lei needle in the middle.
Continue the lei making process until you have about 2 inches of lei string left on each end to tie the lei closed. Neck lei can be tied closed once completed. Head, wrist, and ankle leis should be tied when putting them on to wear so they fit perfectly. Proudly wear your fresh orchid lei or give it to your sweetie!
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