Graduation leis are a fun way to celebrate a graduate…but who says they have to be made of flowers, money or candy? DIY Graduation Gift Leis are versatile, affordable and FUN gifts for graduates of any age. Whether you are celebrating a kindergarten graduation, an 8th grade promotion, high school graduation or college graduation these GIFT leis are a great way to reward your grads!
I thought up 50 Creative GIFT Leis that you won’t see anywhere else. Read on to see what you’ll need to make a unique and creative Graduation Lei.
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How do you make an easy graduation lei?
The hardest part of making a graduation lei is thinking about what to put inside of it, (Look below, I’ve got you, boo!). The actual construction of the lei is very simple.
You will need clear cellophane gift wrap , some curling ribbon or fabric strips, scissors, scotch tape, a rubber band and whatever items you want to put inside the lei (Keep Reading for 50 Gift Lei Ideas!).
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- Clear Cellophane Wrapping Paper
- Fabric Strips or ribon
- Items for the Gift Lei (see post for 50 creative themes!)
- Scotch Tape
- Rubber band
- Free Printable Lei Tag
- Assemble all of the items needed on a flat surface
- Depending on the width of the widest item, cut the cellophane into a long strip. Wide enough to wrap around the largest item, and at least 55 inches long for kids or 65 inches long for adults.
- Place the items in the center (widthwise) of the strip, spacing them out enough to tie in between each item.
- Wrap the cellophane around each item and tie fabric strip or ribbon in a double knot between each.
- After all the items are secured, use a rubber band to tightly hook the graduation lei together at the top.
- Tie on a free LEI gift tag (from Thegiftygirl.com) and TA-DA! Done!
DIY Graduation Leis for Teens/adults
Laundry Lei: Here is another fun one for high school graduates to send them off to their independence ready for tackling laundry. It has everything they need for laundry: a roll of quarters, a Tide stain Pen, a bleach pen, laundry soap pods.
Soda/Pop Lei: Their favorite cans of soda
Barbecue Lei: Spices for barbecuing
Gift card Lei: This could be catered to a lot of different occasions. For high school graduates you could do fast food gift cards, restaurant gift cards, and grocery store gift cards. For newlyweds, you could do gift cards to major stores like an Amazon gift card, Home Depot gift card. You could do a Housewarming lei with gift cards for Lowes gift card and Bed Bath and Beyond.
Makeup Lei: This would be fun for a girl just starting to wear makeup (and I wouldn’t complain if someone gave ME a bunch of new makeup either!) . You could add mascara, makeup brushes, eyeshadow, lipstick, lipgloss and an Ulta Gift Card etc.
Cooking Lei: (Maybe for a bridal shower or high school grad who will have their own kitchen) : You could include a few favorite recipes on index cards plus some spices, measuring spoons, wooden spoons, vanilla.
Chewing/Bubble gum lei: Buy a bunch of different chewing gum flavors!
Movie Lei: Microwave popcorn, treats, Redbox movie codes
DIY Graduation Leis for kids:
Mini car lei: Put a bunch of matchbox cars!
Mini dinosaur lei: You can buy a pack of miniature dinosaurs and hatching dinosaur eggs and put them individually in the lei. I bought these dinosaur eggs for my son’s Valentine’s cards. They are SO much fun! The eggs dissolve and crack open in the water and there are different dinosaurs inside that grow.
Bubble gum lei: You can buy colorful bubble gum balls and package them prettily in a lei.
Beanie-Boo Lei: My kids love Beanie Boos, this would be a fun lei!
Squishy Toy Lei: These squishy toys are all the rage (and not too expensive!)
Bouncy ball Lei: Bunches of bouncy balls!
Fairy Lei: Fairy Garden furniture
What other Gift Leis can you think of? I hope you found one (or many!) ideas that you love! These would be super fun high school or college graduation gifts.