If you can thread a needle, you can make beautiful Hawaiian necklaces with fresh flowers. These necklaces are made from tropical flowers that you can order directly from Hawaiian retailers or from flowers you can find in your own backyard or garden. Hawaiian necklaces, or leis, are both striking to look at and aromatically pleasing. You'll be amazed how easy it is to create one of these beauties with simply a needle and some string.
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Things you need
- 50 medium-size flower blossoms
- White bead cord
- Bead needle
Gather your flower blossoms and the beading materials. Fifty medium-size rose, daisy or carnation blossoms will make a 40-inch Hawaiian necklace. If your garden does not boast this many blossoms, your local florist will certainly have the quantity you need. Mix different types of blossoms for a more colourful lei. You can find beading cord and beading needles at your local craft store or at online retailers. You could also use regular thread, but make sure to double it for added strength.
Cut about 90 inches of beading cord and tie a knot 5 inches from one end. This will allow you enough cord to tie the necklace together after stringing the blossoms.
Thread the needle with the other end of the cord. Pull 12 inches or so of cording through the needle so that it will remain threaded. As you string the blossoms, you can shorten the length of cord that remains threaded.
Pierce one of the blossoms straight through the centre of the front of the flower with the needle. Insert the needle straight through the blossom until it comes out the back. Pull the string gently through the blossom until the flower reaches the knot at the end of the beading cord. Repeat this process until all of your flowers are on the cord. As you work, the extra cording that is threaded through the needle can be shortened so that the cord is not doubled through the flower.
Remove the needle and tie the cording ends together in a knot. Cut off any excess and space your blossoms as needed.
Tips and warnings
- Tie a bit of ribbon to hide the knot where the cording meets.
- Handle the blossoms gently so they are not crushed as you string them.
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