Steps for How to Make Towel Animals

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Steps for How to Make Towel Animals
Replace your folded towels with animal towels. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Fold or roll your towels like a cruise ship pro. With a practice, you can make an elephant with personality. Dress him up with sunglasses for a truly cool look. Two swans put nose to nose form a heart; this will look romantic for a newlywed couple. You can place these towels on your guest's bed or the counter in the bathroom. Use a grey bath towel for a more realistic look, although cruise ships use the traditional white towel.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2 bath towels
  • 1 hand towel

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  1. 1

    Lay the bath towel on the floor or the bed. You need a large flat surface to work on.

  2. 2

    Fold each end in about 6 inches. Fold them in again, another 6 inches.

  3. 3

    Roll the towel from the left until you reach the centre of the towel. Roll the towel from the right, until you reach the centre. The towel should now look like a rolled-up scroll.

  4. 4

    Fold the scroll in half with the rolled side facing out. Stand it up on the ends of the scroll, so it looks like four legs. This is the body of the elephant.

  5. 5

    Lay the hand towel on the bed. Place a pin in the middle of the top long side to hold it in place.

  6. 6

    Roll the right side of the towel down, beginning at the top right corner. Pull it tight as you roll, so it doesn't fall apart when you go to place it on the elephant body. Repeat with the left side. Roll until they meet in the middle and you can't roll them anymore.

  7. 7

    Unpin the towel and flip it over, so the rolls are facing down and you have the flat side facing up. Roll the point up to form the trunk. Squeeze it in place so it will keep its roll.

  8. 8

    Pull the two rolled points out, angling them towards the trunk. This creates the ears of the elephant. Tuck any extra towel behind the trunk to make the head.

  9. 9

    Place the head on top of the legs. You can also add sunglasses or a small hat.


  1. 1

    Lay a bath towel on the bed or floor. The long side of the towel should be at the top.

  2. 2

    Fold the two top corners down until they meet in the middle. You should now have a large triangle.

  3. 3

    Roll the two sides until you have about 6 to 8 inches between the bottom points. Roll following the angles of the triangle.

  4. 4

    Grab the top point and bring it towards the bottom tails, forming a rough "Z" shape. The top point is the head and beak of the swan, while the bottom tails are the tail feathers. Squeeze it together to get it to hold its shape.

Tips and warnings

  • Make two swans and put them beak to beak on the bed or bathroom counter; their beaks and necks form a heart shape.

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