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    • How to Make a Hula Skirt

      Whether you're decorating for an upcoming Hawaiian Luau party or getting ready for Halloween, making your own Hula Skirt or Cabana/Table Skirting is a cinch!
      While you Might be able to find hula skirts during the summer months at your local dollar store, oftentimes they are chintzy and a little too sheer.

      You'll Need:

      Raffia Ribbon
      Jute (Rope)

      First, a note about the materials... Raffia ribbon can be found in Spools at arts/craft stores, as well as online. If you don't plan on making a bunch of skirts or skirting and only need 1, you can purchase a small package of raffia for around $1.


      You can make natural colored skirting using oatmeal raffia or you can alternate various colors for a little flair!

      For a Skirt- Wrap the Heavy Jute String around the waist of the person who will be wearing it, now add 4" to that total length to account for the knots you'll be adding, as well as room for tying it on.

      If you're making skirting for a table or "cabana", simply measure the item's length, then cut your jute accordingly. These make great decorations for a Tiki Bar, adding to the tops of "shade tents" to add a "Cabana" feel to your party, etc.

      A note- the rope/string we are using is called "Jute". If you're at Walmart, it will be located in the households department beside the duct tape. If you go to the crafts department, you'll end up purchasing "Hemp" which will cost you double.

      The Raffia ribbon we are using we purchased online at Amazon, because it was only $12 for a 100 Yard Spool which = 300 feet. If you're buying it a big box store, such as walmart- once again, avoid the craft aisle and head straight for the floral/ dried flowers/arrangement aisle. You'll find the same product a bit cheaper than the ones bagged for Crafts. Raffia can often be found at dollar stores as well.

      For Full Length Skirt:

      Cut the Raffia into 4' lengths, fold it half, making a small loop underneath the Jute rope.



      Fold the Loop Over the jute, like so:



      Bring the Raffia Strands up through the loop, like so:


      Pull the Raffia Tight to make a "knot". Repeat until you have created the length of skirt you need.


      You can choose to use all the same color, as in the example above, or you can alternate colors like this:




      You might find that your raffia is rather frazzled looking in appearance from being folded. No worries, simply run your skirt under cold water, shape gently with your hands, blot dry with a hand towel and then hang it to dry. If you don't want it Perfectly straight, use the above method and then gently "scrunch" the raffia (like you would for long hair!) for a little texture.

      When making table skirting, the frazzled look helps hide the table a bit better.

      Comments 5 Comments
      1. oredeb's Avatar
        oredeb -
        fantastic!!! we are always wanting to use these, its nice to know how to make them thanks!
      1. Mrsbear's Avatar
        Mrsbear -
        Great idea. I like your advice on exactly what and where to purchase. It seems that whenever somthing is labeled "crafts" $$$$ are added. Thank you.
      1. eggladynh's Avatar
        eggladynh -
        I think I'm going to try this to decorate our club for Hawaiian night. Thanks.
      1. Vicki1947's Avatar
        Vicki1947 -
        WOW what a great MYO Thank You.
      1. CElaine's Avatar
        CElaine -
        This is perfect. I'm going to a Birthday party in July and this is the required dress. Should be fun.


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