How To Shape Towels Into Adorable Animals
Could you pull this off?
Have you ever checked in at a hotel and been delightfully surprised by the adorable animals waiting for you on your bed, skillfully made by hotel staff using just towels? We have, and we truly feel that these towel animals are works of art. But could we pull it off ourselves at home if we felt so inclined?
While that is yet to be determined, you can now try it yourself, thanks to a video posted to Facebook by BuzzFeed’s Nifty. Basically, the video demonstrates how to make super-cute animals using both hand towels and bath towels, sometimes also using extra-adorable add-ons like googly eyes:
In watching the video, it definitely looks like it might take some practice to nail the technique. And it seems like you’d need some serious dexterity to pull off the more complicated shapes. And while they make use of rubber bands to execute their perfect designs, I’m pretty sure the true pros in the hospitality industry use no such assistance.
Also, the video is in fast motion, which makes it tough to follow each step without pressing pause over and over. Luckily, Nifty also provides step-by-step instructions on their website. By the end, you’ll presumably be able to make a rabbit, a toad, a swan and a crab. BuzzFeed notes that they’re perfect for when you’re having overnight guests, and you can even use them as a special treat for your kids just because.
If you’re looking for more tips and tricks on how to make these adorable towel animals, check out this guide from Twenty-two Words. The step-by-step instructions tell you how to make a swan, monkey, elephant, crab, mouse and snake.
And if you want to learn straight from the pros, check out this how-to video with staff from the Carnival Dream cruise ship.
If you just can’t get enough of the terry cloth critters, you’re not alone. “If we don’t make them, [people will] go straight to guest services and complain that there are no animals,” Marcin Myszewski, Carnival Cruises’ senior housekeeping manager, told Condé Nast Traveler.
Towel animals are the trademark of our accommodation department. Nino Salipod says, "You have to know the Big 3 – Elephant, Monkey and Dog. If you don’t know how to fold a towel animal as a room steward, it’s like dishonouring the unofficial code amongst stewards." You can expect to see towel animals spring up from time to time in your room during your P&O cruise. #PeopleofPandO
In fact, Condé Nast Traveler asked their readers to submit photos of their favorite towel animals from cruises they’ve been on, and they responded with some pretty unique ones on Facebook. Like this guy who appears to be hanging from the ceiling:
Or this one that’s not an animal at all but a guy who looks like he’s kicking back and reading a book at the beach:
And then there’s this happy-looking family:
Or these guys who just want to catch some rays:
Too funny! Do you think you could replicate these?