There is 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.
For Filipinos, making a parol, decorating one and lighting a parol is an expression of shared faith and hope. Originally, the ‘parol’ was used to light the way for people going to churches to attend the dawn mass which begins on the 16th of December up to Christmas Day.
The traditional parol is shaped as a 5-pointed Star Lantern that is made of bamboo sticks and colored plastic materials. There is sufficient space in the middle for the light bulb.
Buy our “Parol Do-It-Yourself Kit” Pay Only USD15.95 PER PIECE. Make Your Own “Parol” This Christmas!
Each kit includes ten pre-cut bamboo sticks, pre-cut triangle-shaped plastic materials, ample string, and an Easy-to-Follow Instructions on how to make your own parol.
Make a V-shape with four sticks. Place the ends of 2 sticks with smooth sides up, over 2 sticks with smooth sides down and tie them with 8 turns of string, 1/2 inch from the ends. Form a "V" by separating 2 sticks having opposite sides.
Insert 2 sticks to the "V", overlapping as shown, and then tie with 8 turns of string at joint 2.
Insert 2 sticks between joints 1 & 2, overlapping sticks as shown,
then tie at joint 3
Between joints 1&2, insert two sticks, again in overlapping pattern. Now tie the ends at joints 4 & 5.
Align the frame to make a symmetrical five-sided star.
Insert the posts at five points by pulling apart the star frame. Tying with string is not needed as the tension of the frame will hold the posts in place.
Glue the plastic cut-out parts (triangle-shaped) into the frame until you have covered all the bamboo sticks.
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