Erin from Queen of Spain – You’ve Been Spotted! Erin is an award-winning journalist, contributing editor, avid blogger, and a non-stop on-the-go mom.

Erin is definitely an on-the-go mom who may be in need of a stay-cation. Below are the step-by-step instructions on how-to make the perfect floral lei.

What you need to make a floral lei:

  • 5 stems of dendrobium orchids (approx. 35 blooms)
  • Monofilament or fishing line
  • Large needle

How to make a floral lei

  1. Cut a piece of fishing line to the length you want your lei to be, plus 6 inches. Remember: The lei should be long enough to fit over the head.
  2. Thread the needle with the cut fishing line. Tie a knot about 3 inches from the end of the line.
  3. Remove all the dendrobium orchid blooms from the stem. Remove the small piece of stem that is still attached to the flower.
  4. Insert the needle through the base of the flower and slide the flower down the length of the fishing line, stopping at the knot.
  5. Continue this process, “sitting” each bloom within the one previously put on the line until you are about 3 inches from the end of the line.
  6. Tie a double knot with the two ends of the fishing line.

Now you have a beautiful floral lei perfect for a stay-cation!


Julie started her career in the floral industry over 30 years ago in a small, family-owned flower shop. From floral designer to author and lifestyle expert, her insight has been instrumental in developing the brand. Representing the company’s floral lifestyle vision, Julie has shared her talent and passion in numerous television appearances and national magazine features. She is an active fundraiser and longtime friend of IGHL, a group dedicated to facilitating a more independent life for developmentally challenged adults.

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