The first step is finding the materials before you can even begin. For this project, we were told to use native materials like coconut and corn husks and not recyclable materials (which we used last year). I really had no idea how to begin so I asked my aunt for suggestions. She told me to head over to Quiapo's Quinta Market and maybe I'll find inspiration there. It just so happened that I had a lot of work to finish so I asked Den and Erghie to just buy the materials which they think may be suitable and we'll go from there. When they got back, they were able to buy a Christmas parol frame (let's be honest, I can never make that one by myself hehehe) and some native materials. It took us a week to really think about how to put the materials together LOL
Step 1: We covered the inner frame with some red ribbon so it won't stand out. Obviously, Dylan is more interested in playing with the ribbons rather than looping them around the frame :)
Step 2: We used a glue gun to stick the "abaca" (I'm not really sure what the material is but it looked native) onto the "triangle" portions of the frame. Dylan tried his hand with the glue gun. At first, he was skeptical when he learned that it was a glue "gun". He said, Mama don't kill me with that gun LOL
Step 4: We glued some shells on strings and attached them to the bottom of the frame so that they'll swing. We didn't know how to make the usual fringes in the regular Filipino Christmas parol so we "innovated" hehehe We also wrapped some gold ribbon around the "points" of the star to conceal the points of the frame.
|Almost finished product|