How to Fold Towel Swans

Perfect Host, Guest Gift!

*Skip to pictures below to get folding!

Have you been on a cruise where they make you those delightful towel animals? Sometimes called cruise ship towel animals, towel origami, or even cabin critters, these fluffy little creatures are so simple to fold! They’re also perfect for making a great impression for any overnight house guest, or even a host! As a house guest, I didn’t have much of a hostess gift by the time I had to leave. I whipped a couple swans together before I left, and my hostess was absolutely delighted! My friends have had the same story! So in just a minute, I’ll show you how to a couple swan lovers!

Towel swans, or towel origami is most notable for its use on cruises. They’re practically the ones who kept the art alive in popular culture! Specifically, some of the cruises that practice the art are Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise line, Royal Caribbean, and Holland America Line. Carnival Cruise Lines in particular is associated with them as they have grown a “Carnival Towel Animal Farm”! They also had a commercial series called “Towel Animal Theatre.” You can easily find them on YouTube with a search. Each night while the guests are at dinner, the stewards would fold a different towel animal. Many people come home glowing with their album of towel animal pictures!

Ok, so let’s learn how to make a swan! Follow the pictures and captions below!

Towel Heart Swans: How To

Start with the towel laying horizontal in front of you.
Start with the towel laying horizontal in front of you.
Fold it in half, and pinch the half way mark at the top.  Put your finger where the rose is to mark the place
Fold it in half, and pinch the halfway mark at the top. Put your finger where the rose is to mark the place
Open the towel back up, while keeping your finger in the center top of the towel.
Open the towel back up, while keeping your finger in the center top of the towel.
Using your finger as the center marker, fold the top right corner diagonally down toward the middle.
Using your finger as the center marker, fold the top right corner diagonally down toward the middle.
Repeat on the left side
Repeat on the left side
Again, with your finger at the top middle where the rose is, begin rolling down the right side.
Again, with your finger at the top middle where the rose is, begin rolling down the right side.
Continue rolling until it meets the center.
Continue rolling until it meets the center.
Repeat on the left side.
Repeat on the left side.
Turn your towel horizontal to you, and it should look like this.
Turn your towel horizontal to you, and it should look like this.
Flip the towel over (I skipped that picture).  Now you're going to fold the towel into thirds.  Fold the first third like this.
Flip the towel over (I skipped that picture). Now you're going to fold the towel into thirds. Fold the first third like this.
Now fold the other third back on top of itself. Looking from ground level, it should look a "Z"
Now fold the other third back on top of itself. Looking from ground level, it should look a "Z"
Now you're going to lift up the top third and curl it.  This is the head of the swan.  If you're having trouble balancing it, go to the next step.
Now you're going to lift up the top third and curl it. This is the head of the swan. If you're having trouble balancing it, go to the next step.
Now make another one!  Once you've made two, put them face to face and that will help them to balance.  It will also form a heart between the two heads!
Now make another one! Once you've made two, put them face to face and that will help them to balance. It will also form a heart between the two heads!
Add a special touch, like a rose or a romantic note, and you've just won yourself some love!  Btw, see that origami rose?  Win some more love and get her one of those! (see comments below)
Add a special touch, like a rose or a romantic note, and you've just won yourself some love! Btw, see that origami rose? Win some more love and get her one of those! (see comments below)

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