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Making a Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei


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June 14, 2018

Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - finished leiMake a personalized lei for someone special graduating! Use their favorite candy, gum, snacks, and add some cute butterfly accents.

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Supplies:

  • scissors
  • paper or money
  • pen
  • string/twine/ribbon
  • cellophone paper
  • gum or candy
Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - cut paper used in place of paper money
 
Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - string and scissors
 

Steps:

  1. You can use money/bills, or paper. If you are using paper like I did - trace a bill and cut out paper the same size. You will need 2 paper cut outs per butterfly.
  2. Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - trace a bill if using paper
     
    Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - cut two pieces of paper per butterfly
     
  3. To make the wings of the butterfly - fold the length down in half. Open up and fold each corner.
  4. Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - fold the paper in half lengthwise
     
    Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - open and fold in ends
     
  5. Now with the paper length wise, fold accordion style. Flip over, spread out the wings, and pinch the center. Your wings are now complete.
  6. Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - begin folding the length wise orientation accordion style
     
    Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - once folded pinch center
     
    Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - fold in half for butterfly wings
     
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  7. For the base of the butterfly, fold accordion style beginning on the narrow end.
  8. Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - fold second piece of paper accordion style for base
     
    Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - folded paper base
     
  9. Repeat steps until you have your desired number of butterflies. Ready to assemble your butterfly and secure with string.
  10. Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - folded base and wings
     
    Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - tie wings to base with string
     
    Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - tied
     
  11. Lay gum on cellophane paper and cut leaving enough room to fold, wrapping the gum twice.
  12. Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - gum pieces on cellophane paper with spaces inbetween
     
    Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - - wrap twice
     
    Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - wrapping
     
    Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - wrapped gum
     
  13. Tie a string about every 2 inches.
  14. Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - tie every two inches with string
     
    Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - knotting string
     
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  15. I made two strands and then connected then together with string. Cut off the extra string.
  16. Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - two strands of wrapped gum
     
    Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - place ends together
     
    Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - tie with string
     
    Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - trim ends
     
  17. Ready to secure the butterflies with string.
  18. Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - tie the butterflies on with string
     
    Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - butterfly in place
     
    Butterfly Graduation Gum Wrapped Lei - butterfly tied on
     
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