How to make an Hawaiian grass skirt

Updated February 21, 2017

This homemade Hawaiian grass skirt is perfect for a fancy dress costume, a school play or just as a fun kid's project on a rainy afternoon. Forget about the sewing or messy gluing that comes along with other, homemade hula skirt instructions. This one is as simple as it gets and easy enough for kids of all ages.

Measure out a piece of crepe paper that is long enough to reach just below your child's knee when held at her waist.

Use the cut piece from Step 1 as a length guide to cut the rest of the crepe paper into lots and lots of strips. These pieces are the "grass" portion of your hula skirt and you will need enough of them to hang vertically from your child's waist allowing for a generous overlap.

Staple the strips so that they hang down vertically from the waistband of the slip.

Ensure that there are no empty spaces or gaps in the strips that allow the slip below to show through.


Complete the "hula girl" look by wearing a colorful, Hawaiian shirt or a bikini bathing suit top. Add a lei, as well--you can buy an inexpensive one at a party supply store. Since this hula skirt is made from paper instead of living grass, it will last a lot longer in your child's dress-up chest.

Things You'll Need

  • Several rolls of colorful crepe paper
  • Scissors
  • 1 old half-slip
  • Stapler
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