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How to make a Dol Go Im Tower

I started this tutorial on our old blog but never got around to finishing it, so I decided to post our first tutorial on this blog!

Materials to make three towers:

  • 4 bags of lima beans
  • 1 bag of small lima beans
  • 1 bag of pinto beans
  • 1 bag of black beans
  • Three rolls of Paper Towel (I used the Costco ones)
  • Glue Gun
  • Templates – I printed out the tiger as well as the chook dol word from this blog, unexpected stay at home mom. As for my daughter’s korean name, I just printed them by installing the Korean character font on Microsoft Word using this tutorial.

Step 1

Print out your templates. I printed them out on regular 8.5×11″ paper and taped them to the paper towel roll. I used two blank white sheets for the back. I didn’t want any of the paper towel wording to show through. Tape it down securely…

Step 2

Start the gluing process! It took me about two small bags of glue sticks to finish this project, and I used a mini glue gun. I started off by gluing the outer box and then the characters. The small white lima beans go inside the box, and the larger ones are glued on outside.

I separated my beans out in bowls.

It was helpful to have a tray out to spread out some of the smaller beans like the black ones for the words because I was always searching for the skinniest bean or the fattest one to cover certain areas. It’s even worse when you’re trying to fill in between some of the lines.

Step 3

Finish the towers off by gluing the large lima beans outside. It’s best to keep them facing the same side up or down to give it a more uniformed look. I also glued the top like so…

Step 4

After gluing the beans down, look over your tower and take off any remaining glue strand stragglers. Admire all the hard work you put into making these towers!

You never know what you’ll end up doing with these towers. Someone contacted me via facebook after seeing my dol pictures and asked to purchase them from me. She didn’t have the time to create them since the dol was a week away, and I had no use for them so it worked out perfectly!

-lil sis

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8 comments… add one

  • Jenny July 18, 2012, 6:02 am

    Does the size of container matter to make the dol towers? THank you! God bless!

    • lilsprinkles July 18, 2012, 3:32 pm

      No, I don’t think size of the dol go im matters. You will just need to account for more beans/less beans. However, I’ve never seen anything smaller than the size of a paper towel roll used for a tower. I’ve seen bigger but not smaller. Good luck!

  • Sarah November 12, 2013, 5:20 am

    What did you use for different colors (like in the tiger)? And how long did it take you to make each tower?


    • lilsprinkles November 12, 2013, 6:45 am

      Hi- I just used black beans, pinto (brown) beans, small white Lima beans and bigger Lima beans. It takes some time to do…I did it over a span of a few days. Just glued a little every night. We are
      giving away a dragon dol go im fyi :)

  • Gina Kim June 9, 2014, 5:36 pm

    Hello~ do you happen to have the template for the year of the snake? Or where I can find one?
    Thank you in advance! :)

    • lilsprinkles June 9, 2014, 7:34 pm

      Hi there – I just responded via email :)

      • Cheryl October 12, 2014, 1:42 am

        Hi, I’m also wondering about a template for snake. Thank you so much for your tutorial page! I will be starting my tower soon!

        • lilsprinkles October 13, 2014, 5:02 am

          hi cheryl! i just responded to you via email. for anyone looking for a snake template, i just google search images and place my own border around it. i sent you a link..
          hope that helps!

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