Today we are celebrating Christmas in the Philippines! Whether you have Asian ties, or are just looking for a fun and unique holiday craft, these pretty parol lanterns are sure to serve you well.
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A couple of weeks ago, one of my supporters reached out and asked if I might be willing to make some traditional Filipino Christmas stars. I had never previously heard of parol lanterns before; but, after doing a little research, I felt like this was right up my alley!
Parol lanterns are often made of capiz shells, but I figured that cardstock and vellum would do for these ones. These stars have great importance in the Philippines, and are as iconic as Christmas trees in Western cultures.
To learn more about parol lanterns and their history, check out this article.
To assemble these parol lanterns:
- Use a cutting machine or X-Acto knife to cut out all of the pieces.
- Use glue to attach all of the vellum pieces to the inside of the frames.
- Fold along the score lines, and attach the two star pieces together by gluing the tabs to the inside.
- Make a couple of tassels using yarn. Curl the scalloped piece, and glue the tab to the inside. Attach the circular piece on top, and string the tassel through. Attach the tassels to the bottom points on the star, and attach a looped string on top.
I appologize for not including any pictures of the assembly process. I figured that this one wouldn’t be too difficult, but realized by the end that there actually were quite a few steps. Let me know if you have any trouble with it, though!
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other fun freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy putting these parol lanterns together. And don’t forget to share your festive finished products with me on Instagram!
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