How to Fold Towel Animals

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How to Fold Towel Animals
Folded towel elephant. (F.R.R. Mallory et.al.)

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.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Bath towel
  • Hand towel

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Instructions

    Folding an Elephant

  1. 1

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

    How to Fold Towel Animals
    Fold each end toward the centre.
  2. 2

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

    How to Fold Towel Animals
    Fold to meet in the centre.
  3. 3

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

    How to Fold Towel Animals
    Roll the sides toward the centre (both).
  4. 4

    Curl and plump the legs for a good elephant appearance.

    How to Fold Towel Animals
  5. 5

    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.)

    How to Fold Towel Animals
    Make tight angled rolls creating a point on one side.
  6. 6

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

    How to Fold Towel Animals
    Shaping the trunk and ears.
  7. 7

    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.

    How to Fold Towel Animals
    Place head on legs to create a towel elephant.

    Folding A Swan

  1. 1

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

    How to Fold Towel Animals
    Folded bath towel.
  2. 2

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

    How to Fold Towel Animals
    Rolling the folded ends to the centre.
  3. 3

    Turn over the rolled towel and shape the swan.

    How to Fold Towel Animals
    Creating the swan shape.

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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