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How to Make your Own Dol Towers for Korean 1st Birthday Parties #DIY


Mason's birthday is coming up in August so I have been on the hunt for dol towers for the head table.  I purchased Kenzie's from another mama who made them but since I can only find them for about $60+ each now... I decided to attempt making them.  



Materials:
  • 2 rolls of paper towels
  • card stock
  • hot glue gun with lots of glue sticks
  • tape
  • assorted beans (white and black or even colored candies)





Print out your image or greeting on the card stock.  I chose the generic chook dol (1st birthday) and dragon (since Mason was born the year of the dragon).  Then tape the card stock onto the paper towel.  You can also tape a blank page onto the back to cover the writing of the roll.  Then it's time to bust out the glue gun.  I started with the black beans and lettering/outline.  Just glue on top and then use the white beans to fill in and go all the way around the back.  You technically do not have to do the bottom but I did (by mistake because I thought it was the top).  




You can put in a pattern or design if you want to make it fancy.  I stuck to a basic black circle in the middle on top and make a "tail" of black beans on the back.   


The towers will be facing forward so the back isn't shown in photos but since I had extra black beans, I just used them.  The large lima beans work well for the back because who wants to spend extra time doing the back when it won't be seen?  There is no limit as you can use multi-colored candies to create rainbow towers and even colored dragons.  I did not go THAT fancy because I wanted these to just be there out of tradition and use modern decor as the focal point.



I worked on the towers after dinner on several nights while babywearing Mason.  Several burnt fingers and voila - all done!  Minimal cost and hours of labor but made with LOVE :)   

16 comments:

  1. What a cute craft! It looks like it would give your fingers a workout LOL.

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  2. Definitely made with love, for sure! Looks great!

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  3. Very cute and great idea to incorporate your heritage. Thanks for sharing your project.

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  4. I made a dol for my son's first birthday (a year and a half ago) and it was so much fun! I used a combo of beans and gumballs on an empty oatmeal container. Lots of burnt fingers for me as well but I'd absolutely make one again!

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  5. WOW! i cant believe you made that from a paper towel roll! so cool

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  6. those came out so nice! was wondering how you make them.

    knickgirl_3 at yahoo dot com

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  7. hi where did you find the design for the dragon?

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    1. did you ever find out where to find the dragon? my daughters first bday is coming up and would love to make this but am having a hard time finding a baby dragon......

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    2. oh i just found a site where you can dl them from! http://www.korean1stbirthday.com/free-printables/

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  8. You could do something like this on a vase to make it more of a keepsake.

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  9. This is so fun! Thank you for sharing this craft with us.

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  10. what a cute idea, and yes I am already seeing different color beads for a different look :) thanks for share

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  11. This is amazing - I've been into crafts a long time and haven't seen anything like this. So inexpensive and the results are tremendous - I'd like to try a variation of this!!!

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  12. These are so adorable and really made very well. I like this gorgeous craft idea and would love to make it.

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  13. Super neat!! I think they turned out fabulous!! My son and I could do these as a craft just for fun and he would have tons of fun!!

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