How to make a towel swan

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How to make a towel swan
Give your guests something to talk about by greeting them with a towel swan. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Many hotels and cruise ships add a touch of whimsy to bedrooms by topping beds with a towel swan. Fabric folding is an art that can be used to create a wide assortment of animals and shapes. Swans are the classic towel sculpture used to adorn rooms. While they look elegant and complicated, they can be created in a matter of minutes using a single bathroom towel. Create your own towel swan for guests or for your own bed at home.

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  • Bath towel

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  1. 1

    Lay the towel flat on the floor in front of you.

  2. 2

    Fold both of the top corners into the centre of the towel so that you have a point at the top.

  3. 3

    Roll the right side in toward the centre. Follow the diagonal slant you created with the first fold. Roll until you hit the middle of the towel.

  4. 4

    Repeat the roll on the left side so that you have two parallel tube shapes. On one end you'll have a point, and on the other end you'll have the two open, spiralled towel ends.

  5. 5

    Fold the pointed end back on itself, then fold forward to create the swan's head. Mold the towel into an "S" shape to form a neck and head. Play with the folds until you're happy with the overall shape.

  6. 6

    Position the swan on a bedspread or bathroom counter. Pair it with another swan for a romantic touch.

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