Introduction: TUTORIAL: Korean First Birthday Dohl Invitation

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In honor of National Children’s Day, (UN Resolution 836(IX)), I am bringing an old tutorial that’s never been published on Hometown Betty.

This was back in the days before I began blogging. A friend asked me to make a handmade birthday invitation for her daughter’s first birthday. If you know about Korean first birthdays, they are very special occasions in Korean culture. Survival in the first year of life was extremely tough in the midst of life after war. My mom used to tell me stories of parents waiting a year to see if their children survived before obtaining a birth certificate from local government offices. So in honor of children everywhere, I am sharing a #TBT tutorial to make your own Korean Dohl birthday invitation. It’s all unique and all me. The inspiration came from my friend’s daughter’s dress. The dress was a deep crimson red with ivory top and lovely accent colors along the sleeves, a Hometown Betty original handmade birthday invite. Keep reading to see how to make it your own.


  • Colored card stock paper (red used in tutorial)
  • Additional card stock colored paper (for accent colors)
  • Colored markers or pencils (used my kids’ art supplies)
  • Scissors
  • Paper cutter (or ruler, pencil, and scissors)
  • Glue
  • Envelope

Step 1: Using 8.5 X 11″ Red Card Stock, Cut Card Stock Paper in Half.

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You’ll have two pieces at this point.

Step 2: Make or Print Out Korean Hanbok Dress.

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*Download Free Printable Korean Dohl First Birthday Invitation (Hanbok Dress) Here*

Cut out hanbok dress from printable into squares using a paper cutter. If you don’t have a paper cutter, you can always use a ruler, pencil, and scissors. Mark off with a pencil and cut carefully. If it’s not a perfect cut, you’ll have your accent strips to cover over the edges.

Step 3: Cut Out Strips of Card Stock Paper.

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Step 4: Layout Strips and Glue.

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You can layout your accent strips several different ways, but the weave look adds a little flair.

Step 5: Voila! Project Complete!

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Note: You’ll still need add details about the date, time, and location of the party, but I’ll leave the insert up to you.


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From my hometown to yours,



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