Now, I thought this would be easy, seeing as I've made plastic lanyard keychains every single summer camp as a kid (shoutout to Mt. Hermon!). This lei uses the spiral lanyard method exactly as you would with the plastic lanyard.
The only thing is - ribbon is a little more unwieldy than stiff plastic! And it tangles easily. So this took me like a week to finish :P
To start, unravel two entire spools of ribbon in the two colors you would like. (I used 1/4 inch 50 cent ribbon from Michaels, 10 yards per spool.) Fold each 10 yard ribbon in half, and knot both ribbons together, for a total of 4, 5 yard sections. Two of each color.
Makes no sense, does it? Let me try with a diagram? If not, try youtube?
So if we have a box:
I'd fold ribbon 2 over to ribbon 3's position, and ribbon 3 over to ribbon 2's position.
|two to three|
|three to two|
Now take ribbon 4 and go over ribbon 2 and under ribbon 3 to get to position 1.
Then take ribbon 1, go over ribbon 3 and under ribbon 2 to get to position 4.
Pull all (loosely) to form the box.
Looks small though yeah?
No worries, because it stretches A TON.
This is a very durable lei as well, it can't be easily torn apart or anything.
The blue and yellow lei was for my uncle, who is now Dr. Uncle after having received his Phd from UC Davis! The red and black one was supposed to be for my San Diego grad cousin..but I didn't finish it in time for the ceremony T_T" Maybe she will get her doctorate too. Then I'll be ready, haha.
(Want to make other ribbon leis? Check out the DIY Project tab for more!)