In Hawaii the lei is often given out as gifts during celebrations, birthdays, and for those arriving and leaving the island. Though the more common form is a garland of flowers, they’re also created out of money, candy, and paper.
Be aware while creating the origami lei is simple, it does take some time.
Step one: Cut out 4x4in squares of paper. You will need to cut at least 200 pieces. (You can buy pre-cut paper online but this is the cheaper method)
Step two: With the colored side facing you, fold in half.
Step three: Fold in half again, turning it into a small square
Step four: Take one flap and fold it down
Step five: Fold down the other three flaps on the other side
Step six: Push in your finger into the slot and pop it open. You should get a little pyramid shape.
Step seven: Repeat 200x
Step eight: Once done, string your needle with the floss. Push the needle through the center of your folded paper.
Step nine: Repeat for all the paper.
Step ten: Once done, pull the floss taunt and tie off. Cut off excess pieces.
Step eleven: Twist the paper into alternating directions. This will give the lei a “flow” look.
Step twelve: Voila! You’re done! Aloha!