Here's a flowered hair "scrunchy," woven with ti leaves and carnations:
|You can attach this pretty braided hair ornament with bobby pins or tie underneath.|
- carnation heads or flowers of your choice
- damp ti leaves or long fabric strips (old bedsheets or light, soft fabric)
- optional: hook and block of wood, for leverage
Start out by tearing your fabric, either long enough for a necklace length or shorter if you're going the flowered hairpiece route. Then tie one end, leaving a couple inches extra at the end.
It helps if you have something to use for leverage as you braid. In the class I took at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, we used a block of wood with hooks screwed into it. We stuck the tied end over the hook, as seen here:
|Ti leaves hooked onto a block of wood, for leverage|
Start by braiding four braids. Then, on the fifth braid, start adding flowers. Add a flower for each left and right braid that you make. The bottom of the flower head should be pushed below the braid, and the top should be above.
|Braid four times, then start braiding in the flowers to the left and to the right.|
|Here's how the lei looks from underneath. You can see how the bottoms of the flower heads poke out underneath each braid.|
|The finished lei hair "scrunchy." You can't see the braids from the top, as the flowers fan out over the braided areas.|
It's beautiful and fragile; to prolong the life of your lei, put it in a paper bag in the fridge. And then spend one evening with the prettiest hair scrunchy you'll ever wear.