Every year on the last day of school, it has become a tradition that each child receives a candy lei at school as soon as they get out of class. It is just a cute way for us to celebrate all their hard work and say.. “Yea!! Summer is here. Let the good times commence!”
For my now 10 years old son’s 1st birthday I ordered poly tubing from a site called East Coast tropics, made especially for candy leis. I have been using them every year, until last year, when tragedy struck and I ran out of leftovers. To my dismay, I went online to find that they are so longer in business…..insert sad emojii here. I went on Amazon to find other options. They do offer candy lei kits you can purchase or rolls of poly tubing in which to make them. I thought the kits were kind of pricey and I really did not want a design on them. I though it would cover the candy too much. The rolls of poly tubing were even more!! Although I do want to add that the rolls would be great if you wanted to make them for a party with a lot of children, or other function. They do make the process a little easier.
There had to be a less expensive way to make these.
So here it is! Don’t worry, it’s pretty simple too.
Here is what you need. I bought everything except for the scissors at the Dollar Tree, so it is very easy and one trip is all you need. Just make sure you purchase enough candy for all the leis you need.
- 1 roll of cellophane
- 1 bag of curling ribbon
- tape (make sure it is clear)
- don’t forget a selection of assorted candy your children enjoy. Remember, you can fill the lei with whatever you would like, so if you would like little bags of healthy snacks, or other items you can do that as well.
First you want to roll out the cellophane on a large flat surface. Dining table or kitchen island work great. I rolled out my piece to about 48″ but you can make them longer if you would like. Then lay out the candy you want to have in the lei, in the order you want them to be in the lei.
Then, you need to cut the roll of cellophane so that there is enough to encase the candy in a tri-fold fashion. In my case, it was about 7″-8″ wide. (so the total dimension on my piece of cellophone is 8″x 48″).
Fold the front section of the cellophane over the candy and tape down in sections.
Then fold the remaining piece of cellophane over the first and tape. It doesn’t have to be perfect or pretty, because we are going to cinch it with ribbon. Now, the candy is wrapped as snug as a bug inside all the cellophane.
We now want to cut our curling ribbons into pieces long enough to curl once they are tied. Mine are probably about 8″-10″ long. It’s not an exact science. You want to tie the ends of the lei first to make sure all the candy stays inside.
Now, we are going to just continue to tie the lei between each section of candy. Make sure that you tie then tightly and double not. We are almost done!!
Proceed to curl each ribbon end with the flat side of your scissor. You can always add extra pieces of ribbon if you want a really festive look.
Now, depending how long you made your lei you can either just tie the two ends together, or like mine, I cut a long piece and used that to connect the two ends. I like my leis this way, so it is not as bulky around the neck and does not get caught in my childrens hair. Plus, that hot and sweaty little neck can melt the chocolate!!!!
See… it wasn’t so bad, you might even say It’s A Cake Walk. Now get creative, go crazy and make your kids some Happy Campers on the last day of school. Well, they are going to be happy campers anyways, because afterall….it is the last day of school!!