This took many attempts & is NOT easy. Elephants are my favourite animal & I was determined to make one.


  • 1 matching Bath & hand towel
  • 2 Tiny flowers (for eyes)
  • 1 Long stemmed flower (for decoration, optional)


  1. Lay your bath towel out flat. If its not reasonably flat, you may need to iron it.
  2. Fold the ends in by 6 or so inches (15 centimeters).
  3. Fold the folded ends in again the same distance.
  4. Roll your hem edges toward the middle of the towel, forming a double "scroll" look.
  5. Fold the "scroll" so that the rolls are facing "out". (This forms the body and legs of the elephant.)
  6. Stand the legs up and set aside.
  7. Lay the hand towel so it's flat.
  8. Pin the centre of a long side to something (such as the leg of a chair).
  9. Place your hands on the towel edge near the fastened point and begin to roll the edge away from that point, sliding your hands away from the point as you roll, forming a long, pointed, double roll. The trick is to pull the towel taut as you roll it.
  10. Continue to the centre till you can't roll it anymore.
  11. Turn the roll over so that the flat, non rolled side faces up, toward you.
  12. Roll the narrow pointed end (where you fastened the middle point) up in a tight roll to form the trunk. Squeeze slightly to help the towel keep a curl in it once it';s released.
  13. Grasp the flat area of towel between your two towel points at the side that's facing down and unroll it away from the center. This will spread the "wide end" points out into "ears" and form the "forehead" of the elephant.
  14. Place the head on top of the legs, positioning for most natural look.


Googly eyes can be used instead of flowers if preferred & sunglasses can also be added.

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  • sanjipanj
    • 27 Apr 2014
      11:34 am

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  • I can’t wait to try this.I love elephants and my boys will think I have gone crazy when I put these in the bathrooms ????


  • I can’t wait to try this.I love elephants and my boys will think I have gone crazy when I put these in the bathrooms ????


  • I have always wondered how they did these!


  • When I was travelling in Sri Lanka the hotels would often leave towels like this. Now I can do it myself! Thanks for sharing.


  • This is gorgeous gift idea…I love it


  • Love the end product. But there’s a lot of instructions to follow. Will no doubt take more then one arrempt lol. I have a rabbit made from a face washer, given/made to me by my daughter for Easter quite a few years ago


  • I always loved this! thanks for sharing.


  • I LOVE this idea – I’m definitely going to learn to do this


  • I first saw animal towels on our cruise and now Thanks to you I can now put a towel Elephant on my spare bed for guests.


  • I wish I was as talented as you, these are amazing.

    • The endless possibilities of animal you can make


  • this is so clever! a great way to give some towels as a gift!


  • I have such a fondness for these artistic towels. I love towels when they are made into animal and flower shapes. Such a clever skill.


  • Thank you so much. These are just gorgeous. Nice touch for visitors.


  • i always wanted to learn how to make these……love it !


  • This is really cute. I’m not sure if I have the patience!


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