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Hanging Star Ornament

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This style of Christmas decoration originates from the Philippines and represents the star that guided the wise men. It's called a parol and usually created from bamboo and coloured Japanese paper or cellophane. We've created our own miniature version of a parol to hang as an ornament on your Christmas tree!

  • Step 1Cut a length of armature wire and wrap to create a circle approximately 8cm in diameter. Wrap the wire around itself to secure the circle.
  • Step 2Wrap your wire circle with gold tinsel chenille stems to give it sparkle.
  • Step 3To create a tassel, stack a few pieces of tissue paper on top of each other and cut the paper in half lengthways to create a rectangle.
  • Step 4Fringe the stack of paper by cutting slits up along the long edge of the tissue paper.
  • Step 5Roll the fringed paper up and tape the bundle together at the top to create a tassel. Repeat this process to create your second tassel.
  • Step 6Paint and decorate your wooden star. This will be the centrepiece of your parol so make it nice and bright! We used gold paint, silver CleverGlitz and a rhinestone which we attached with glue. Allow to dry.
  • Step 7Assemble your parol. Using a hot glue gun, attach the star to the inside of the circle. Attach your 2 tassels just under the base points of the star. Cut a length of metallic yarn to create a hanger for your parol and it’s ready to be hung!

Materials used in this activity

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Tissue Paper Squares - 25cm
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Rhinestones
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