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  1. Start with 32 loose kukui nuts and ribbon (3/8" or 1/4" / 9.5mm or 6.35mm width) in the colors you want included in the lei; It helps to have a kukui nut threader which will help you get the ribbon through the holes in the kukui nuts.

    Start with 32 loose kukui nuts and ribbon (3/8" or 1/4" / 9.
     Start with 32 loose kukui nuts and ribbon (3/8" or 1/4" / 9.
     
  2. Cut two pieces of ribbon to 82 inches (208cm) length.

    Cut two pieces of ribbon to 82 inches (208cm) length.
     Cut two pieces of ribbon to 82 inches (208cm) length.
  3. Tie a knot in the two pieces of ribbon approximately 10 inches (25cm) from the end.

    Tie a knot in the two pieces of ribbon approximately 10 inches (25cm) from the end.
     Tie a knot in the two pieces of ribbon approximately 10 inches (25cm) from the end.
  4. Place a kukui nut on the threader by pushing the metal through the pre-drilled hole in the kukui nut. If you have a variety of sizes, use the smallest kukui nut because this will be the part of the kukui nut lei that ties behind the neck. If you can place smaller kukui nuts toward the tied end and the biggest ones right in the middle, it will create a higher quality end product.

    Place a kukui nut on the threader by pushing the metal through the pre-drilled hole in the kukui nut.
    Place a kukui nut on the threader by pushing the metal through the pre-drilled hole in the kukui nut.
  5. Thread the ribbon through the threader tool wires above the kukui nut.

    Thread the ribbon through the threader tool wires above the kukui nut.
    Thread the ribbon through the threader tool wires above the kukui nut.
  6. Pull the kukui nut over the ribbon. This will result in the kukui nut being threaded by both strands of ribbon.

    Pull the kukui nut over the ribbon.
     Pull the kukui nut over the ribbon.
  7. Pull the kukui nut to the end of the ribbon where you created the knot earlier.

    Pull the kukui nut to the end of the ribbon where you created the knot earlier.
     Pull the kukui nut to the end of the ribbon where you created the knot earlier.
  8. Tie a knot after the kukui nut so that it is surrounded by two knots which will hold it in place. The closer you get the second knot to the kukui nut, the better the final quality of the kukui nut lei will be.

    Tie a knot after the kukui nut so that it is surrounded by two knots which will hold it in place.
    Tie a knot after the kukui nut so that it is surrounded by two knots which will hold it in place.
  9. Alternate colors if you want and continue to strand kukui nuts onto the ribbon. Remember to use larger kukui nuts near the center of the lei and place a tight knot in between each kukui nut.

    Alternate colors if you want and continue to strand kukui nuts onto the ribbon.
     Alternate colors if you want and continue to strand kukui nuts onto the ribbon.
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    After all 32 kukui nuts have been added to the lei, tie a bow at the end using the 10 inches (25cm) of extra ribbon on each end.

    After all 32 kukui nuts have been added to the lei, tie a bow at the end using the 10 inches (25cm) of extra ribbon on each end.
     After all 32 kukui nuts have been added to the lei, tie a bow at the end using the 10 inches (25cm) of extra ribbon on each end.
  11.  
    Share your Aloha with someone by giving them your creation!

    Share your Aloha with someone by giving them your creation!.
    Share your Aloha with someone by giving them your creation!

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