How to Make Heart Shaped Leis

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January 9, 2018

Heart Shaped Leis - finished leiI am helping my niece prep for her Valentine's Day class party next month. She wanted to make heart shaped leis for the girls in her class. We made these inexpensive heart shaped leis with items we already had at home and they turned out really nice and cute!



  • construction paper
  • yarn
  • scissors
  • masking tape
  • straw
  • hole puncher, optional
  • pen/Sharpie, optional
  • heart puncher, optional
Heart Shaped Leis - supplies


  1. Using assorted construction paper (pinks + red), we punched out the heart shapes. If you don't have a heart puncher, you can totally free hand the hearts and cut them out with scissors.
  2. Heart Shaped Leis - heart punch and three paper hearts
  3. Punch a hole in the the center of the heart. It does not need to be perfect because they will be threaded on yarn.
  4. Heart Shaped Leis - paper hearts and hole punch
    Heart Shaped Leis - holes punched in the center of the hearts
  5. We have plenty of straws from eateries that we have saved, so we cut them to around 1.5" inches. I would recommend smaller though because it would be easier to thread the yarn. Note: If the straws are longer - less hearts needed. If the straws are shorter - more hearts will be needed.
  6. Heart Shaped Leis - clear drinking straws
    Heart Shaped Leis - cut straws and hearts

  7. Using masking tape, tape the tip of the yarn tightly to make it easy to thread through the straw.
  8. Heart Shaped Leis - wrapping tape around the end of the yarn
    Heart Shaped Leis - yarn wrapped with tape
  9. Time to thread the yarn in between the hearts and straw pieces. Repeat until finished or to the desired length of your necklace.
  10. Heart Shaped Leis - pushing the yarn through a paper heart
    Heart Shaped Leis - yarn through hole in paper heart
    Heart Shaped Leis - beginning of lei
  11. We made the necklace 36" inches long, with a total of 16 hearts.
  12. Heart Shaped Leis - string of hearts with straw segments between
    Heart Shaped Leis
  13. Optional: You can write cute little heart conversations with a Sharpie or pen.
  14. Heart Shaped Leis - messages written on some of the hearts

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January 12, 20180 found this helpful

Adorable! :)

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January 18, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks!! :)

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