These are your supplies! Make sure the straw isn't too skinny (at least one fourth of an inch in diameter). You need both yarn and ribbon.
First, grab your ribbon. To determine the length of your lei, start with one end of the ribbon at your hips. Loop the other side around your neck.
When both sides of the ribbon reach your hips, cut the ribbon with your scissors.
Now grab the ribbon and straw. Start putting the ribbon through the straw.
Once your ribbon is through the straw, tape about an inch of it to the surface of the straw end.
Take the end of the yarn and cut off the little hanging yarn threads. This will make it easier to tie the knot around the ribbon, which is the next step.
Tie a knot around the ribbon (opposite the taped end). The knot can't be so tight that it makes the ribbon pinched, but it can't be too loose either. The knot must be able to slide up or down.
Cut off any excess yarn from the knot. Make sure it's the EXCESS, not the CONNECTING STRING OF YARN.
Keeping the taped end of the straw facing up with the rest of the ribbon falling downward, start spiraling the yarn around and down the straw. Make sure the gaps between the spirals are pretty even.
Once you complete a set of spirals, pull down the spirals. You should make about five spirals at a time. The spirals cannot be closely packed.
The spirals can remain on the straw, but you'll eventually have no room for new spirals. When the bunched yarn reaches the taped end of the straw, you must pull the spiraled yarn onto the ribbon.
Continue pulling the spiraled yarn onto the ribbon, but leave one inch of the end of the ribbon clear of any spiraled yarn. Stop spiraling when you reach the base of the straw.
After reaching the base of the straw, grab your scissors. You must cut the yarn so you have about five to ten inches of excess yarn.
You can snip off the little strands of hanging yarn again!
Using the excess yarn, tie a double knot on the end of the ribbon at the top of the bundled yarn.
If you have any extra yarn from tying the knot, cut it. Be careful, if you cut it too close to the knot, the knot will come undone.
After tying the knot and cutting the excess yarn, take off the tape and the ribbon from the top of the straw. Pull the ribbon and the lei downwards.
Grabbing the two ends of the ribbon, tie a double knot. Snip off the excess ribbon.
Then you're done!