For a festive Hawaiian-inspired luau or tropical gathering, a grass skirt is a mainstay of the party planner’s toolkit. There are several inexpensive ways to make your own Hawaiian-style grass skirts at home for a fraction of what it costs to buy them at stores. They are perfect for Halloween costumes, party favours, plays or any other occasion in which a playful grass skirt is needed. Many of the materials you will need to create these skirts might already be in your home.
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To make a Hawaiian-inspired grass skirt out of crepe paper, you will just need a roll of crepe streamers, scissors, staples and yarn. You can choose yellow crepe paper so it looks more like a traditional grass skirt, or you can make it out of brown or green. Wrap a piece of yarn to the size of your waist and cut, leaving some excess so the skirt can be tied on. Cut enough pieces of crepe paper to wrap around your body. If the streamer is wide, cut it in half lengthwise so you have narrow strips. The crepe paper should reach from your waist to your knees. Staple the crepe paper to your yarn. You could also use pieces of cellophane tape to attach your streamers.
Butcher paper can be found at many art and hobby stores. It is thick, brown paper sold on large rolls. Because of its length, one roll should be enough for you to make several skirts. The width of the paper should be just the right length for your skirt. Again, wrap a piece of yarn around your waist, leaving excess for tying and untying as needed. Cut the butcher paper into one inch strips so you have enough to wrap around your body. Tape or staple the paper directly to the yarn. For more texture in the paper, run the sharp edge of the scissors along the edge of your paper strips. This will cause the paper to curl and bunch like grass.
Easter Grass and Raffia
This plastic grass is often seen lining colourful baskets full of candy and toys around Easter. Rather than throwing away this material, it can be reused to make a colourful Hawaiian grass skirt. Again, yellow, green or brown plastic grass works best, but really the skirt can be any colour or colours you wish. Wrap a one inch strip of butcher paper around your waist. Add several inches of yarn to either end of the paper for tying the skirt in place. Use a hot glue gun to attach bunches of your plastic grass to the skirt. Raffia is another material that is the right colour and material for this project. Simply hot glue the individual strips of raffia to the paper.
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