When my grandson graduated from pre-school I wanted to give him a very special gift. Something he’d have forever. Something he could look at from time-to-time and remember that fun-filled, exciting day.

A lei would beautifully accompany his graduation cap & tassel. A flower lei would deteriorate during the day, and was too delicate for a child. A fabric lei fit the bill.

Went to JoAnn’s fabric store to purchase a yard of blue cotton cloth and a complimentary ribbon. Stopped at the bank for 40 quarters.  Cut the fabric into 40 (2″ x 2″) squares. Twisted each square, with a coin inside, then strung them together with the ribbon.

The task went pretty fast. And when done, I had a nice present for that certain someone I love.

Since then I’ve experimented with a few different types of leis – dollar bills, Sees candy and wind-up toys. The options are almost limitless.


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