Monday, June 7, 2010

Go-Im DIY



After Lila's Dol was featured in Hostess with the Mostess back in February, we’ve received quite a few inquiries on how to make Angie’s go-ims [candy pillars]. So we've put together this post with all the how-to information in one place.

There are a variety of materials used to make the different go-ims. You can always find alternative ways to make them so don’t fret if you are missing one or two of the items. We made two different types - 1) mentos and 2) rice puffs / red beans, but have listed some alternate suggestions below.


Materials

· Paper Towel Roll

· 8.5 x 11" printer paper

· Hot glue gun

· Mentos

· Rice puffs

· Red beans


Go-im bases

The go-im bases are rolls of paper towels covered them with plain printer paper

· One piece of paper is a design template for the Korean characters and mouse. This way, the sizing is consistent in characters and outlines

· The puffs/candies will be glued directly onto the paper

· I freehand glued on the Mentos from top to bottom in the stripes a

nd floral pattern. They fit in together just like a jigsaw puzzle.


Note: If you want to keep the go-ims for posterity, you'll probably never get to use the paper towels underneath.


As an alternative, you can buy cardboard cylinders from Home Depot or other supply stores, but the paper towels are just something easy and probably already in your home.


Gluing the puffs/candy

· Everything needs to be glued on with a hot glue gun because it won't stick with any other glue.

· Elmers is too wet and will soak through the rice puffs & paper. Glue stick is too weak to hold the heavy candies.



Rice Puffs & Red Beans

"Chook/Dol", "Sora" and "Mouse" Go-ims

· First glue on the red beans along the outline and Korean characters

· To fill in the characters and outlining, I used Korean rice puffs which look like little rice krispies. (You can find these at any Korean supermarket)

· For the mouse nose, I used a pink Mentos cut in half. (You can also use a pink jelly bean or other little pink candy)

· Template - print image scale to 8.5 x 11 paper

I must mention that these go-ims took a very long time because the little rice puffs are so tiny. However, I prefer the way the rice puffs look. Several people have borrowed my go-im with the rice puffs afterwards so I feel like the time put in was well worth it.


As an alternative to the rice puffs, you can use black and white goya beans. If you are short on time, this is a better option because they take up more surface area.



Candy go-ims

· To keep a consistent look in the colors, only Mentos were used and the design was varied to 1 flower go-im and 1 striped go-im

· Mentos come in different packets at the store. For this occasion, I used the berry mixes, plain white and green apple.

· Be sure to use only the chewy mint candy (NOT gum) because the Mentos gum has a different shape and is not as smooth and round like the mints.

· We glued the Mentos on freehand, but you can draw out stripes and flowers on the printer paper as a guideline.

As an alternative to the Mentos, you can use gumballs since you may not find all the colors you want in the Mentos packs. For a boy, I have used all blue, yellow, white and green gumballs in the past.


Also, we'd like to mention that while we used paper towels, you can make go-ims in different heights. So if you want to make a shorter one, you can use a cylinder container (example - peanut container or roll of toilet tissue). This would add a nice variety to the go-ims.


We hope this post has been helpful for all the DIY moms out there. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or post a comment here. We'll get back to you as soon as possible!

3 comments:

b. said...

Thank you so much for your detailed instructions and the template. My twin boys are turning one in March and I've got a lot of gluing ahead of me.

the laughing hyena said...

Thanks for the great instructions.
How many pounds of beans did you use to make one goinsae?

angie b. said...

Sorry, i just saw this comment now! we bought 1 regular size bag each of puffs and beans and it was enough to fill up the go im. sorry i dont recall how much it weighs! good luck!