How to Make Kids' Necklaces

Aloha Hawaiian Lei

Use pasta to make a Hawaiian lei.
Use pasta to make a Hawaiian lei.

Make your own version of the colorful lei Hawaiians give visitors as a way of saying "aloha" or "welcome." Theirs are made of beautiful flowers, but these Aloha Hawaiian Leis will last longer. In this wearable craft activity, try making your own lei.

Aloha Hawaiian Lei

What You'll Need:

  • Uncooked ziti pasta
  • Tempera paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Waxed paper
  • Colored crepe paper
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Large sewing needle

Color 16 pieces of uncooked ziti using tempera paints. Let them dry on waxed paper.

Cut out bunches of flower shapes from colored crepe paper. Loosely tie a knot in one end of a 3-foot piece of string.

Thread the other end through the eye of a large sewing needle. Sew through the centers of a dozen or so flowers.

String on a piece of painted ziti. Continue sewing on flowers and pasta, stopping 3 inches from the end of the string.

Undo the beginning knot, and tie the string ends together with a knot (be sure the lei is long enough to fit over your head). Aloha!

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