How to Make an Orchid Lei

To make a simple flower lei with orchids, please take a look a the video or instructions below:

To begin lei making, you’ll need about 50-70  blossoms to make a 40″ single strand lei.

  1. Cut about a 100″ length cotton string, and fold it in half. Tie a large knot at the end of the twine – this will act like a “stopper” for your flowers as you string them. Remember to leave extra string below the knot – you will use this to tie the lei together upon its completion.
  2. Cut the stems of your orchids, if still attached.
  3. Use the lei needle, Go through the center of the face of the flower straight through to the back. Carefully guide the flowers to the base of the string near the knot – never force the flowers, you can always move them farther down later. You are finished when the lei is approximately 40″ long.


Here are video instructions for a more intricate double orchid lei video :