Candy Bar and Money Graduation Lei Tutorial

Learn how to make a candy bar and money lei for graduation.

It’s graduation season and I love the tradition of giving leis to graduates. My favorite kind of lei is the candy and money kind. Ha! A candy bar lei would be the perfect gift for a birthday, graduation, or as a “congratulations” after a football game, concert or knowledge bowl championship (hey, let’s not forget the nerds we love, haha). They are easy to make and pretty inexpensive. If you want a more substantial gift, you can easily add money fans to the lei too. Because who doesn’t love candy and money?!
How to Make Graduation Leis
I bought the candy bars at WalMart and spent about $4 and already had the other supplies. Here’s what you need:
Candy Bar Lei
Supplies Needed: 24 Mini candy bars, clear plastic wrap and curling  ribbon


Divide the candy bars in half and lay them out end-to-end. Carefully lay out a long strip of plastic wrap about four inches longer than the candy bars on each end. Be careful with that plastic wrap. We all know how it can turn into a hot mess in a hurry.

How to make a candy bar lei

Place the candy bars down the center of the plastic wrap and fold one end up so that it is flush with the bottom edge of the candy bars, like this:

Candy Bar Lei Instructions

Roll the plastic wrap around the candy bars until you have a tube like this:

Candy Bar Lei for Graduation

Cut 6-8 inch pieces of curling ribbon and tie one in between each candy bar.

Graduation Gift Idea

Tie the two ends together using more curling ribbon.

candy bar lei for graduation present

Repeat for the second set of candy bars and your candy bar lei is all done!

If you want to make this gift even better, you could make little money bows and attach them in between each candy. Just fold a bill in half, accordion fold it lengthwise, then gather it in the middle to make a bow and tie it to the lei with some curling ribbon.

Graduation Money Lei

how to make a graduation lei

Your graduate is going to be all smiles when you give them this awesome graduation lei!


  1. You always have such wonderful projects! I love reading your blog. I wanted to invite you to come link up at a party on my blog. It is a link party for OLD projects–so that we can hopefully get more traffic to our blogs using projects we've already posted. Come over and remind us of some of your favorite projects!
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  2. Candy lei's are very popular in Hawaii. I want to share this with our group on CafeMom – Holiday and Party Crafts – with a link back to your tutorial. My daughter did a video tutorial and I posted that and want to add more variations. Thanks!
    ~ Yolanda ~

  3. Love this idea!!!! My son is graduating from 5th grade tomorrow and I know he’s going to love this gift ☺


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