Make Your Own Beautiful Filipino Parol Lantern
In the Filipino language, a Christmas lantern is called a parol. There’s no greater symbol of the Filipino Christmas spirit than the parol. All through the Christmas season, star-shaped lanterns can be found hanging outside homes and along the streets of cities and small provincial towns, farms and fishing villages. For Filipinos, making a parol, decorating one and lighting a parol is an expression of shared faith and hope. You can make your own to hang this holiday season!
How to Make a Parol Lantern
- Printable template
- Scoring tool
- Craft glue
- Decorative ribbon
- Hot glue gun
Prep the Stars
- Cut out two stars from the template.
- Set one star aside, and score the other star on each point.
- Start at the mid point and go directly to the bottom.
- Rotate to the next point and repeat.
- We used a scoring tool, but you can also use a pen cap or any blunt tip.
- Fold each score mark and your star will become 3-D!
- Decorate however you’d like.
- You can even have the kids use stamps, markers, or crayons to create fun designs. We used glitter!
- To do this, run glue along each fold.
- Sprinkle in glitter and let dry.
Assemble Your Lantern
- Cut 4 pieces of curling ribbon and tie a knot at the top.
- Repeat so that you have two ribbon tassels.
- Cut another piece of ribbon to hang the star from.
- Adult glues ribbon to the back of the other star with hot glue gun.
- Adult glues the first star onto the second star with hot glue gun. Use a small dot of hot glue on each corner and match the corners up.
Hang your beautiful lantern in a window to celebrate the holiday season.