Graduation Candy Lei How-To

This grad season, forget flowers! Put a new spin on traditional graduation leis by making your rad grad a colorful candy lei to wear to her graduation party or over her cap and gown.

As featured in our Pink & Zebra Graduation Party Ideas, we made our leis with white, pink and black candy to match the wildly popular grad party theme. You can also rock this idea using your school colors.

Surprise your senior with a sweet and special candy lei with her favorite treats. Or why not throw a "crafternoon" mini-party the day before graduation and invite your grad's besties over to make candy leis for each other? Super fun!

Just follow the 4 easy steps below.

What You'll Need

  • Cellophane roll*
  • Assorted candy; we used:
    gumballs, Sixlets®*
    and chocolate coins*
  • Bright pink tulle
  • Black tulle
  • Zebra and bright pink ribbon
  • Magenta and black curling ribbon
  • Zebra print baking cups
  • Pink label stickers
  • Double stick tape

*Items available at our stores.

Step 1: Cut the Length

Cut a strip of cellophane about three feet long and about six inches wide.

Step 2: Fill with Candy!

Now for the fun part! Lay a handful of candy (Sixlets, gumballs and chocolate coins...yum!) – on top of the cellophane. Bring up the sides to create a "tube" shape around the candy and tape the edges together. Tie off the section with curling ribbon. Continue making sections – then tie the ends with ribbon to complete your lei. Tada... A grad-tastic gift!

Step 3: Personalize It!

Create a custom tag with a zebra baking cup cut into a flower shape. Stick a pink candy label on top and write the grad's name with a fun message.

Step 4: Finish off with ribbon!

Add final touches like fluffy little black and pink tulle bows, shiny curling ribbon and zebra or pink polka dot grosgrain ribbon. Present your grad and her BFFs with lucky candy leis as they line up for their graduate procession. They'll eat it up!