How to Fold Towel Animals

Folded towel animals are a fun way to welcome guests to your home. These attractive and often humorous accessories can be left on a bathroom countertop or on display on a waiting guest bed, along with a fresh bathrobe and slippers. The extra time and loving care it takes to create a folded towel animal truly invites the guest to smile and relax. But be prepared; your guests may want you to teach them how to make them too.

Fold a bath towel 6 to 8 inches in from each long end toward the centre.

Fold the bath towel again so that the folded edges meet in the centre.

Roll the folded bath towel toward the centre across the folds, from both sides. Turn the rolls over to create the elephant legs.

Curl and plump the legs for a good elephant appearance.

Find the halfway point along the side of a hand towel, and roll each side inward with this point as a pivot point. (The more tight these rolls are the better your elephant will look.)

Turn the rolled hand towel over. Shape the trunk from the point end.

Fold back the top layer of towel that is away from the point to make the head. The ears flop out naturally. Set the head on the elephant legs for a fun look.

Fold the upper corner of the bath towel toward the centre on each end.

Roll the folded ends toward the centre, making a point at one end and open towel spirals at the other end.

Turn over the rolled towel and shape the swan.


Use the same colour of solid coloured towels for the best effect and decorate your elephant with sunglasses. Make two swans, and where their beaks touch will form a heart.

Things You'll Need

  • Bath towel
  • Hand towel


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F.R.R. Mallory has been published since 1996, writing books, short stories, articles and essays. She has worked as an architect, restored cars, designed clothing, renovated homes and makes crafts. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with bachelor's degrees in psychology and English. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.