to make the beautiful orchid leis seen on the website.
# 10 crochet thread (doubled), waxed dental floss, or 10 pound
test fishing line
lei needle, or long needle with medium-sized eye
80 dendrobium orchid blossoms
Cut a length of thread (doubled) or dental floss (not doubled) 50
Mark each end 5 inches from the end with the felt-tip pen. It's
helpful to place
a clip of some sort (I use clothesline pins) at one end.
Thread your needle and...
Pluck the stem from each blossom, one at a time
or pluck them all before you start.
If you're making a lot of leis, have one person string and one
||Sliding the needle on the 'lip' of
the flower, pierce the flower about a 3/8-inch below the stub of
||Continue adding flowers
on the needle, gently nesting the end of each flower into the
'mouth' of the next. The line of pierced blossoms should
look like a stack of nested hats.
Grasp every 4-5 blossoms gently in the palm of your hand and move
down to the end of the thread.
String 80 blossoms for a 40" lei.
Finish the lei by nesting the first and last flowers and tying a
square knot. Leave a 'tail' to carry the lei with until you
are ready to present it.
Lightly mist each lei as you complete it
and store in the vegetable bin (lined with newspaper) of your
refrigerator in loose plastic bags. Turn down the
refrigerator if you can.
Orchids are a lot like lettuce, they don't like to be too cold and they
will turn clear if they directly touch the sides of a cold
The leis will last up to five days in the refrigerator, misting as needed
- however, they are still best used no later than the next day.