Last week we tried a little twist on the traditional flower leis, and made them out of pipe cleaner flowers. We made these to send to certain grandparents who we are trying to entice to take a Hawaiian vacation SOONer rather than later! ;) But I think they would be great for parties with a Hawaiian or spring theme. They are very easy (and a little addictive, I might add) to make. There is a little tutorial below...
You start by making a loop - loop one end of the pipe cleaner over and twist a couple of times to secure.
Make another loop opposite the first and twist to secure.
Repeat for a third petal.
And again for a fourth petal, take the end that is left over and loop tightly around the centre of the flower to make sure the whole thing is secure.
Start your next flower by looping it with the previous one. Keep going until it is as long as you want it to be. Then loop the last flower into the first one as you make the final petal of the last flower (how is that for a confusing sentence??).
And you have a pipe cleaner lei. I think these would also make cute decorations if you make strings of them and hang them (kind of like you would a streamer or banner). Also notice we made a pattern activity out of it, repeating the same sequence of color throughout the lei. See the learning is still going on! ;)