For Filipino families, parols (stars) are the ultimate holiday decorations! Christmas culminates in a big parade in which everyone shows off their fringed stars. Have your own Parade of the Stars at school or at home! Here's how to get started.
What You Need:
- Colored tissue paper
- Graph paper
- Scrap yarn
- Craft glue
- Five identical 8½“ chopsticks or thin wooden dowels cut to 8½“
- Thin string or wire
- Shiny star appliqué (optional)
- Non-toxic markers (optional)
What You Do:
- On the graph paper, have your child draw a five pointed star, with each 9" long.
- Ask your child to lay the chopsticks on top of the pattern.
- Tie the chopsticks together at each of the 5 points.
- Help your child to make a loop at the top point for hanging.
- Tie the 5 additional points where the dowels intersect together.
- Now have your child cut out two 9” square pieces of tissue paper.
- Cover your work surface with newspaper.
- Invite your child to apply craft glue to the entire top surface of the star.
- Show your child how to place one tissue paper square over the star, covering all points, and pressing gently into place.
- Let the glue dry.
- Have your child cut away excess tissue paper.
- Switch to a clean sheet of newspaper.
- Ask turn the star over, and repeat steps 8 through 11.
- Apply your star appliqués in the center of each side if desired. Use a very small amount of glue.
- Instruct your child to cut three 3” lengths of scrap yarn, and fold in half.
- Tie off your tassel at the folded end, and glue tie to one point of the star.
- Repeat Step 16 four times, until you have a tassel at each point.
- With your family, choose a place of honor to hang the star.