Now that I have shared pictures of our boys’ Dohljanchi, first birthdays, here is a simple tutorial on how to make your own Dohl tower for your little one’s first birthday.
But before I dive into the tutorial, let me share why I made another Dohl tower from scratch. I am fortunate to have friends’ whose son is turning one next month. They were happy to use Linus’ Dohl tower from his birthday, but I thought their son should have a Dohl tower dedicated with his Korean name. The parents were kind enough to keep the same color scheme for their son’s birthday party, so making a new Dohl tower was much easier.
How to Create Korean Lettering Template for Dohl Towers
If you are looking to make a Dohl tower with your child’s name, you can either type Korean letters with this online program or copy and paste the words from an online translation program, such as Google Translate or Reference Translator.
I changed the fonts to my desired style via Microsoft Powerpoint and added a simple border around the Korean lettering. You don’t have to use Microsoft Powerpoint, but I am just used to this old school method when designing my template. If you don’t need your child’s name printed out, you can print out a general Dohl Tower Lettering template here.
Dohl Tower Instructions
Once you have your template and all your supplies ready, you can follow these instructions to make your very own custom and color coordinated Dohl tower for your little one’s first birthday party.
Empty Oatmeal 20 oz. Container
White 8.5 x 11” paper
Hot glue gun and sticks
ALEENES 15599 All Purpose Glue, 8-Ounce or Elmer’s glue
Candy (Skittles Tropical 15.4 Ounce Bag (Pack of Two), peppermint candy, gumballs, M&Ms, etc. – the skies the limit!)
Great Northern Bean – Dry – 1 resealable bag – 1 lb
Goya Black Beans Dry 1lb (Pack of 2)
Empty oatmeal container(s) (to sort candy)
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Step 1. Clean out empty oatmeal container.
Step 2. Print out Korean lettering on 8.5 x 11 paper.
You can get your Dohl Tower Lettering template here.
Step 3. Tape the Korean lettering template on the oatmeal container.
Remember to leave a little bit at the top, cut edges to make flaps at the top of the container.
Step 4. Wrap and glue (with Elmer’s glue or all-purpose glue) additional piece(s) of white 8.5 x 11 paper to cover the rest of the container.
Step 5. Trace the circumference of the oatmeal container. Cut the circle template, cover the top of the container, and glue edges over the top.
Step 6. Sort candy into containers.
Step 7. Map out a general outline of where you want candy pieces to go.
Remember to center lettering and with candy placement pieces in mind. I forgot to move my lettering up a bit, and so the candy pieces didn’t fit to match the other Dohl tower.
(Photo Above: This is what happens when you don’t plan ahead. I miscalculated the width needed for the Skittles to fit evenly in a column. In my case, I worked a little surgical magic to fix my mistake.)
Step 8. Glue black beans.
You can use all-purpose glue, such as Aleene’s Tacky Glue, or Elmer’s glue for the beans and save your hot glue gun for the candy. Trust me, you will go through a lot of glue sticks, so it might be best to use as much all-purpose glue to save money and your hands from touching residual hot glue.)
Step 9. Glue Great Northern beans (white).
You will want to carefully place white beans in the spaces in between the black beans.
(Photo Above: Remember to aim for straight lines, horizontal and vertical. Your eyes will find uniformity when you make columns/rows as opposed to randomly fitting beans in spaces.)
Step 10. Design your colored candied pieces to your desired specifications with hot glue.
At first, I tried using regular ole’ Elmer’s glue, but the Skittles kept sliding from its place, thus, using a hot glue gun was the only way to go. In the end, I chose to create a simple pattern, but you can make your pattern as simple or elaborate as you like. This is where your creativity comes in!
(Photos Above: I started making the column first, to make sure the spacing was correct.)
(Photos Above: Then I worked on the horizontal spacing.)
(Photos Above: The weight from the hot glue and candy began to weigh down the Dohl tower, so I flipped it upside down. Then I worked to complete the top of the tower.)
Step 11. Voila! Project complete!
Now wasn’t that fun?
(Photos Above: Voila! Another completed cultural craft project for you to try!)
Here are other examples of Dohl/Dol Towers on Pinterest. This was truly one of the most enjoyable projects I have done for my little one. Even my little Piano Man enjoyed helping me sort the Skittles. Okay, maybe he ate more than sorted, but he helped nevertheless.
So how many did you make?
If you decide to make one, please share your experiences. It’s always fun to hear your stories.
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From my hometown to yours,