How to Make a Towel Swan

Simple Instructions and Video for Making a Towel Swan at Home

Posted: December 30, 2020

Our towel animals are always popular with guests, and very simple to make at home. Today, we'll start with the swan, but will details the steps for making elephants in a future post.

Making a Swan from Towels - A How-To Video

Step-by-Step Instructions for Folding Your Towels into a Swan

  1. You'll need two towels to make a swan. We use a hand and bath towel, but any sized towels will probably work equally as well.
  2. Begin by spreading the bath towel flat on your work surface in "landscape" orientation, and putting your finger in the middle of the top edge of the towel.
  3. From that center point, fold the top edges down at about a 45 degree angle, as if you are making a paper airplane.
folding top edges of towel into a paper airplane shape
  1. Keeping your finger on the point, begin rolling the folded edge of the towel towards the center line. Keep the twist tight near the point, and don't worry about the "tail" part for now.
hand position when starting to roll towel edges towards the center
  1. Reverse positions with your hands, and roll the second folded edge towards the center line. The tighter the twist, the better the swan will hold its shape later on.
reverse hand position when rolling the second edge towards the center
  1. When you have about 15 or 20 cm tightly rolled, you can stop. Hold the rolled portion tightly, and shake out the loose part of the towel. Then flip it onto your work surface with the rolled portion pointing towards you, smooth side down.
about 15cm of the folded edges rolled towards the center when making a towel swan
  1. Fold the swan's neck back onto the body at the edge of the folded section.
folding the neck of the towel swan back towards the body
  1. Starting at the tip of the towel swan's "nose", roll the towel towards the fold. Then release. If your first rolls were tight enough, the swan's neck will hold a curved shape.
rolling the neck of the towel swan into a curved shape
  1. Congratulations - you've completed the hardest part, the swan's head, neck, and body!
body and neck of the towel swan are complete
  1. Take the hand towel and hold it in "portrait" orientation.
holding a towel by the short edge in portrait orientation
  1. Fold the entire towel accordion style, with each section measuring 3 or 4 cm.
pleating the smaller towel into an accordion shape
  1. Pinch the accordion-folded towel in the middle, and let the ends drop.
pinching the accordion-folded towel in the middle
  1. Place the "wings" on the back of the swan, just behind the neck and fan out as necessary.
placing the wings of the towel swan into position behind the neck
  1. Voila! You have made a towel swan!
completed towel swan on a bed

Are you new to making towel animals? We'd love to see your first attempt. Please send us pictures!