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!

Step 1: What you will need

  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

<p>That took a very long time, but next time I'm sure I could do it in half as long. I had these puck lights from the dollar store and I decided to attach them to the bottom of each tail so I can illuminate those too. </p><p>Thanks for the tutorial!</p>
<p>Well done. Nice color combination.</p>
<p>These always bring back good memories. Great job. </p><p>If you use colored cellophane for the wrap you can use some water and a blow dryer to make the cello stretch nice and tight (like shrink wrapping a boat for the winter). </p><p>Have you seen this video? This guys uses pre cut carboard stencils to make the parol. It goes very quickly. I just wish I knew where to find the stencils. His video doesn't have any links for the materials.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/otoowvVIgxk" width="500"></iframe></p>
<p>Thanks for pointing out there was no link in the video. I just added a link. From there one of the pages has downloadable templates... If you don't have a cnc laser I bet a band saw would be perfect for cutting a big stack of them...</p>
<p>Love this build. Have you seen the cardboard one I made? <a href="http://inventorartist.com/philippines-christmas-parol-lantern/" rel="nofollow">http://inventorartist.com/philippines-christmas-pa...</a></p><p>It's been quite popular and is really fun to make.</p>
Wow, ang ganda naman nito! :D Merry Christmas kababayan!
merry christmas :) to all filipinos all over the world! :)
Nice parol

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