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.
- 2 rolls of paper towels
- card stock
- hot glue gun with lots of glue sticks
- 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 :)