Make Your Own Dol Towers

Posted on: April 17th, 2012

Tori Gamble shares how she and her family made their Dol Towers:

We first went to the hardware store ‘Home Depot’ and bought a 8″ wide concrete pouring tube (about 4 ft long). We then measured the tube for cutting into four equal cylinders. Next we cut the tube with a large utility knife.

Then we took each tube and glued paper to cover the facing sides. For the Gum-ball and Candy Mint designs we drew a grid to help with the placement of the candies. For the Year of the Rat design we drew a Cartoon Rat to help guide us in placement of beans. For the ‘Celebrate 1st Birthday in Hangul’ we printed out the fancy hangul and placed it on the tube to help guide us in bean placement.

Then let the hot gluing begin! Each day/night during our daughter’s naps we were busy gluing for about 2 weeks.

For the cookie tower we purchased 10 packages of OREO Cookies (5 brown/5 cream). We hand-sorted the cookies to make sure not to use any broken ones. Next removed some paper towel pieces to make sure the cookies would fit snug around the roll. Then glued the paper towel roll to the small piece of cardboard. Then started placing the cookies around the paper towel roll to find a pattern that seemed to look cool. We mixed up some gingerbread icing (just an easy recipe we found online). The design we went with was 1 brown and then 1 cream cookie all the way around, very simple. Then for the next row the same thing, placing the cookies a top of the first row of cookies in a tiered A form using the icing as glue at the points of contact. We continued this pattern to the half way point and then began stacking the colors in the opposite direction. The design could have been anything and it would look cool, just go with it and have fun. Oh and don’t forget the best part, eating the broken cookies with family after the tower is complete!

Icing Recipe:

3 ounces pasteurized egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar

In large bowl of stand mixer combine the egg whites and vanilla and beat until frothy. Add confectioners’ sugar gradually and mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated and mixture is shiny. Turn speed up to high and beat until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. This should take approximately 5 to 7 minutes. For immediate use, transfer icing to pastry bag or heavy duty storage bag and pipe as desired. If using storage bag, clip corner. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

All Our Love,
The Gamble Family
(Tori, Dale, Serissa and Baby On-The-Way)

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