There are a variety of materials used to make go-ims. You can always find alternatives so don’t fret if you are missing one or two of the items below. We made three different types - 1) mentos, 2) rice puffs / red beans, and 3) M&Ms.
- Bounty paper towel roll
- 8.5 x 11" printer paper
- Hot glue gun
- Mentos OR Rice puffs w/Red beans OR M&Ms
The go-im bases are rolls of paper towels covered them with plain printer paper. Wrap it tight around the bounty plastic and tape down so the roll stays sturdy.
If you want to show your child's Korean name, a character/zodiac animal, or "chook dol," scale the image onto 8.5"x11" printer paper and glue over it. Below is our template for "chook dol." Print "fit to page" if you plan to make this go-im.
Note: If you want to keep the go-ims for posterity, you'll probably never get to use the paper towels underneath, but they do hold up very well for years.
An alternative to paper towel rolls are cardboard cylinders/tubing from Home Depot or other supply stores, but the paper towels are a manageable size and probably something you already have in your home. You can also make go-ims in different heights to add a nice variety to the display. To make a shorter one, just use a roll of toilet tissue or an old coffee tin.