Candy Lei DIY

Graduation season is in full swing! My daughters’ Kindergarten promotion is in a couple of days and I’m trying to hold back the tears just thinking about it. Where has the time gone?! I’ve always wanted to make a candy lei for her, so I put together this quick and easy candy lei DIY!

Now this isn’t just for little kids, you can use literally anything to put in this lei. And it’s not just for graduations or promotions. I think it would also be cute as a birthday party favor!

Well enough with the small talk and let’s just get right into it! This was SO easy and affordable and literally took me about 10 minutes to make!

What you’ll need:

  1. Candy (any kind will work, the more colorful the better) – my daughter loves My Little Pony so I found this bag of MLP cream candies at Party City for $3.99
  2. Cling wrap – Any store $2.99
  3. Ribbon – Michael’s $0.75
  4. Scissors 


Step 1

Roll out the cling wrap. For a child’s lei, use about a meter long. For an adult lei make it much longer. I just eye balled it. To be on the safer side always go longer, you can trim it at the end if needed. (Tip: it’s easier to use scissors to cut the end versus the built in box cutter thing)


Step 2

Lay clusters of the candy along the center of the plastic, leaving a space in between each cluster.


Step 3

Fold one side of the plastic over the candy tightly, and press down along the edge so it sticks. Then fold the other side over and tuck underneath. Or just take both edges of the wrap and roll the whole thing over till the whole thing is wrapped around.


Step 4

Take the ribbon and cut as many strips as you will need to tie in between each cluster. Don’t forget you’ll need one for both ends as well. Then tie a knot (or double knot) in each section.

Step 5

Once you’re done, take the two ends and tie them securely together. Trim the extra plastic. Then take the scissors and carefully curl all the loose pieces of ribbon.


And that’s about it! Congratulations to all the 2017 Grads!!



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