I learned how to make leis from ribbons while I was on a cruise in Hawaii.
I wrote up some directions and even taught my husband how to make one.
The ribbon leis would also make a fabulous trim to add to a garment or handbag.
You will need 4 – 5 yards of grosgrain ribbon (3/8” or 5/8” wide) in 2 colors.
Keep the darker length of ribbon on your right side and the lighter on your left.
Fold back about 6” of the light ribbon. Pinch 2” from end to form a loop. Take the dark ribbon and tie a knot around this loop to secure it. A 4” tail should remain.
Push up a loop of dark ribbon through the light loop. Pull down on the light. It is best to keep the ribbon flat as you make the loops.
Then push a loop of light ribbon through the dark loop. Continue making loops until about 4” from the end of ribbons.
Make the last loop. Put one end (not a loop) of ribbon through the loop and pull ribbons tightly in opposite directions.
Tie tails together to form the lei.
Attach a flower, if you'd like. Wear 2 or more together.