How To Create Your Own Paper Parol by Jovie Galit

How To Create Your Own Paper Parol by Jovie Galit

As we approach the end of 2020, we can't help but feel reminiscent knowing this year's Holiday celebrations would look very different. To fill in our longing for community gatherings and the warmth of big family celebrations, Pinay Collection decided to host Filipino Craft Nights: two evenings of virtual community, arts and crafts, and Kwentuhan (storytelling). During these events, Pina/xys in the diaspora engaged in a DIY Pasko Card Doodling and a Paper Parol Crafting session - both activities brought us all closer to community, tradition, and healing.

To continue sharing Pasko (Christmas) joy to our community, we are sharing our complete tutorial on how to create a Paper Parol. A Parol is a star-shaped traditional Filipino Christmas decoration, traditionally built with bamboo sticks and tissue paper. This Paper Parol tutorial is made easier, requiring only the following materials:

  • 5-6 pieces of Thick Card stock/ Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Tissue Paper/ News Paper/ Recycled Paper

And while you're at it, we recommend lifting up those Holiday spirits even more by listening to our Filipino Holiday Playlist! Maligayang Pasko, Merry Christmas, and may this activity bring you reconnection, warmth and joy!

Our deepest gratitude and pasasalamat goes to Khela Maquiling for sharing her gift and skills with us in co-facilitating our Filipino Craft Nights! Maraming maraming Salamat for creating a warmer and more joyous creative space for all of us, Khela!
These events were also built in support of Lingap Gabriela, a Philippine based organization that aims to  provide services in disaster preparedness, relief operations and rehabilitations towards empowering community-based women's organizations. We have raised a total of $715 or 26,737 PHP for their work providing sustainable programming to communities heavily impacted by Super Typhoon Rolly & Ulysses. To continue supporting Lingap Gabriela, follow their grounded work at @lingagabrielaph on Facebook & Twitter.

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