Picture of Make a Parol - a Filipino Christmas Lantern
Making a Parol - a Filipino traditional star-shaped Christmas lantern, is something I loved doing growing up. It is mainly made up of bamboo, strings, and japanese craft/gift paper but the ones hung outside (lighted with a bulb) can be made of tougher plastic, capiz (shells), or any other transparent/translucent materials.

I had the option of purchasing a kit (materials and all) from an online store but they proved to be expensive (plus shipping cost!). Instead, I was determined you could make one for only under $10 (no light) or under $30 (with light). After scouring Home Depot and some party stores, I found my materials and started building away! I came up with an instructable on how you can make one for your self or anyone you'd like to share the Christmas spirit with.

Let's begin making a parol!
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Step 1: What you will need

Picture of What you will need
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  1. Bamboo garden stake - Home Depot has some. Search for "bamboo stake". ~ $1.89 (6pcs)
  2. String $2.00 / roll
  3. Plastic table cloth - I got this from a party store. ~ $1.99 ea. Choose your colors. I used Green and white ($4 total)
  4. Coffee cup covers - About $2.00 / pk
  5. Small nails - I had spare nails from previous project.
  6. Electrical wires, socket, plug - $5
  7. LED bulb - This came in a pack of 2 for $15. I used only one.
  1. Saw
  2. Tape measure
  3. Utility/Outdoor knife
  4. Hammer
  5. Wood glue
  6. Quick Dry glue - works with plastic tablecloth
  7. Wire splicer
  8. Electrical tape
  9. Cutter or X-acto knife
  10. Scissors
  11. Cutting board
  12. Drill with small drill bit
  13. Hot glue gun

generalsocial7 months ago

Love this build. Have you seen the cardboard one I made?

It's been quite popular and is really fun to make.

ASCAS11 months ago
Wow, ang ganda naman nito! :D Merry Christmas kababayan!
rsucgang (author)  ASCAS11 months ago
mehlani11 months ago
rossapaula11 months ago
merry christmas :) to all filipinos all over the world! :)
nlazaro11 months ago
Nice parol
bakunin11 months ago