How to Make Your Own ParolAll the materials needed to make your own parol may be purchased at this site! Order here.
A. Gather the Materials
The kit includes:
- 10 Flat bamboo sticks
- 5 short bamboo posts
- 3 sheets Japanese paper
You will need:
- Glue or paste
B. Make the Frame
Step 1: Make a V-shape with four sticks. Place the ends of 2 sticks with smooth sides up, over 2 sticks with smooth sides down and tie them with 8 turns of string, 1/2 inch from the ends. Form a "V" by separating 2 sticks having opposite sides.
Step 2: Insert 2 sticks to the "V", overlapping as shown, and then tie with 8 turns of string at joint 2.
Step 3: Insert 2 sticks between joints 1 & 2, overlapping sticks as shown, then tie at joint 3.
Congratulations! You now have a nice frame, so its time to decorate! First, select the colors for the sides, the front and back, and the tassels. Then cut triangular pieces of rice paper, apply paste to the frame and attach the paper. Cut the excess paper. Do the same for the front and back pentagons at the center.
You can make 2 or 4 tassels, put a decorated ring around the parol, or use lights.