A parol is an ornamental, star-shaped Christmas lantern from the Philippines. It is traditionally made out of bamboo and paper and comes in various sizes and shapes, but generally the basic star pattern remains dominant.
The design of the parol evokes the Star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Kings to the manger. It also symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and the Filipinos' hope and goodwill during the Christmas season.
I found this amazing tutorial on Apartment Therapy that I would have loved to try, but it was just too complicated for a kid's craft.
So here's our adapted version...
You will need:
Wooden popsicle sticks
Colourful tissue paper or crêpe paper
Low temp glue gun
Different coloured ribbons
Using your glue gun, glue popsicle sticks into a star shape. Older kids can do this with assistance but I'd recommend you do it for smaller ones.
Glue tissue paper onto the star using a glue stick then trim with scissors.
Cut different lengths of ribbon and, using the glue gun, glue onto the points of the stars.
Hang in a window and enjoy the pretty colours as the sun shines through the tissue paper.