Towel animals are often used by cruise lines and B&B Hotels to make your stay memorable. Including some in your guest bathroom is sure to impress! To fold a towel swan, follow these directions.
- Lay a bath towel flat. Be sure to orient it in the “landscape” position as shown below.
- Fold the top two corners downwards and inwards so that they meet in the center. Note that, since it’s not a perfect square, they won’t line up with the bottom edge of the towel.
- Roll the two outside edges inwards toward the center. The resulting shape should like an upwards-pointing arrow.
- Fold the resulting arrow in to a Z. Be sure that the two bottom points of the arrow end up at the bottom of the Z and the top point, at the top.
- Set the Z down and squeeze the corners to set the curves. The Z should now look like a swan.
- Repeat for a swan companion whose neck can complete a heart shape.
- If you’re making a pair of swans, be sure your bath towels are of equal thickness and size for best results.
- You can make swan babies with hand towels. Try for a towel swan family!
- This makes a great “7 Swans A Swimming” substitute if you are doing The 12 Days of Christmas for someone. You can give 7 white bath towels, fold them like swans, and place the wash cloths as suggested above in a fan shape at the rear. Add the hand towels as the water underneath in a light blue color.
- You can add tails to your swans too. A simple “paper fan” type fold with a hand towel works well – or you can make the triangular scroll shape (like you used for the body) with a hand towel and fold the two corners that you rolled back under the towel. Roll the side down a little so it goes around the part you tucked under. This resembles wings when you place it on the swan’s back (with the point toward the back) and helps the swan stay standing if your body tends to fall backwards.
- Make sure that the towel is totally dry before folding. Even a slightly damp towel can make the swan look slouchy and sad.