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This instructable is about making a Lantern in a star shape with using bamboo. This can be great for out door patios/lantern festivals or general outdoor decor that can bring nice light and colour to an area.
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Step 1: Getting Started

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In these images you will see a variety of materials needed to help complete this lantern.

1) Flat bamboo
2) Round bamboo (this can be found at a gardening store)
3) White craft glue
4) cup/container for the glue
5) garden shears (cutting the bamboo)
6) glue gun
7) glue sticks
8) tissue paper (any colour/pattern you want! Be creative!)
9) Regular scissors
10) Exato knife/blade
11) small tart tin (about the size of a tea light)
12) tea light (can be found at IKEA in packages of 100)
13) Brush for applying the glue
14) Wire
15) Ruler
16) Pliers
17) A fun friend to make it with
**Note: the happy person in the background. Lanterns have that affect on people**

Step 2: Cutting your Bamboo

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To ensure that the shape of the lantern will be consistent the lengths of the pieces of flat bamboo must be the same, or at least very close in size.

I made each piece 25.5 inches long. But it is up to you how big or small you want your star to be. Play around.

Take the garden shears, flat bamboo and cut 10 pieces of the same length.

Step 3: Arranging the pieces into a Star

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Now that you have cut your ten pieces of bamboo you are not going to arrange it as a star. Take 5 of your 10 pieces (the other 5 are for the other side of the star) and start laying them out like the images have shown. Have the grainy-light coloured side of the bamboo facing up.

TIP: Try to make it so the pieces of bamboo are alternating over/under. This will make the structure stronger if the strips are creating a kind of in and out weave. Hope the images make it clear.

Step 4: Hot Gluing

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Next you hot glue the corners together. But ONLY the corners for the star shape.

TIP: don't worry about the over/under method in this step.
A. M. Reid4 years ago
Thanks for the tutorial! I'd like to link to this on my lantern-making website madgleam.com. I've borrowed a picture if that's ok. If not, please tell me ASAP and I"ll take it down.
Kroft (author)  A. M. Reid4 years ago
ps: Illuminares is a lantern festival that has been going on for 25 years in Vancouver. It is put on an arts non profit called Public Dreams. Here is the link http://www.publicdreams.org/
Kroft (author)  A. M. Reid4 years ago
Hi- No problem :-) I am glad its useful! Thank you for asking. K

Take apart a bamboo slat blind or fencing for the slats and you can make it any size!

I have recently completed an outdoor installation of my handmade bamboo star lanterns at the Art In Nature: The Nature Of Art Festival at Redwood Regional Park, Oakland Hills, CA. and I stumbled upon this website. This art craft is originally from Philippines. The star or "parol" in Filipino is pretty much a symbol of Christmas...a symbol of light that is hang in every home to make the coming of the Yuletide festive. Thank you!

Suniita' (LMM)

faisalch3 years ago
good idea
The Lumiere Ottawa festival has been doing workshops teaching kids how to make these for the festival for years now, I love how accessible this craft project is !  Its such a lovely event, I've been sponsored as an artist there for years now with The Playful Geometer's Cosmic SpaceCrafts.  They're not so easy for the average crafter to make so I decided to post a simpler paper-only polyhedral lantern instructable here: Quasicrystal Star Lantern.  Hope you enjoy :)
maHalo-halo4 years ago
great skills! Did you learn this from a Filipino? it looks so much exactly like the traditional Filipino Christmas lantern and how it's traditionally made. It's called Parol :)


its History -- http://www.myparol.com/myparol/abouttheparol.html


this is their mutation now ---- http://www.myparol.com/myparol/modern.html

Here's one from Disney's Family Fun craft site, which have been there all along:

very pretty! :D good job!
A. M. Reid4 years ago
Thank you for the use of the photo. I knew about Public Dreams but thanks for mentioning them - they've done great work!
misslily5 years ago
Has anyone been able to locate the 1/4" flat bamboo?

This is an excellent tutorial.  Very clear, and exactly what I was looking for!
mrfoltz5 years ago
I really like your instructable... I think I'll try to make a big one for my window for X-mass.... I just know my sister who is pretty religious will call it a pentagram, but it's my house...so... At my local $ store they have fake/battery operated tea lights, think I'll use them... What is the shape of the last picture called... could you put up a drawing of it.. I think it's cool!!!
Kroft (author)  mrfoltz5 years ago
I am glad you will find it useful! Yes a big one for Christmas would be very pretty! If you paper over the bamboo thick enough it will look less like a pentagram? The lines from the bamboo will not show through as much. There are also fake tea lights that flicker like a real candle. Those could be a nice option for lighting. I will soon put up a drawing of how to make that lantern frame in the last picture that I have posted up. Or I might end up doing an instructable of how to make it. Only able to do what time can allow. Thanks for the interest!
spooky13005 years ago
Its been 20 years since the last time I saw star lantern during Christmas, I will assume you are from Philippines.
Kroft (author)  spooky13005 years ago
No I am not from the Philippines. :-)
CementTruck5 years ago
This is a traditional Christmas decoration in the Philippines called a "Parol" (from the Spanish Farol, meaning lantern, or lamp). You beat me to it. I was going to make an instructable for this before Christmas this year.
Kroft (author)  CementTruck5 years ago
cool I didn't know that!
Very pretty and fun to do with kids as well. Thanks so much for the project, I'll be linking to this.
Kroft (author)  OnePrettyThing5 years ago
great thanks! I like your site.
metal-matt5 years ago
woo pentagrams! :D lol.