How to Fold Towel Animals – Making Towel Snakes

ready to strike

towel snakes

Towel snakes are the ultimate towel animal.  With just one towel, any towel or even a washcloth, you can make a snake.  Anywhere, anytime in just minutes, a towel snake.  I’m including two sets of snake folding directions in this blog.  One set for a cobra comes from Carnival‘s towel creations book.

The other, more versatile snake is my variation of that.  Carnival’s snake takes a large towel and the snake can only be positioned one way.  Mine can use any towel or washcloth, and be positioned any way desired.  That’s why I like mine better.

snakes alive! (no they're towels)

towel snakes in all shapes and sizes

Carnival’s Towel Cobra

how to fold  Carnival cruise line's towel cobra

start with a beach towel or large bath towel

Lay a large bath towel out flat.  You can use a beach towel (like I did in these pictures,) but it comes out better with the bath towel (like the pink striped snake in the top photo.) Fold over one short end of the towel.  The book says 2 inches, but the amount isn’t all that critical.

how to make a towel snake using just one towel

fold over corner on the end where you previously folded the edge

Fold over one corner on the end where you already folded the edge.  Fold it to the middle of the towel.

towel origami, how to fold a cruise ship towel snake

fold other corner to center making a pointy end

how to make towel animals

roll one side tightly to the center

making a towel snake

roll the other long side tightly to the center

After folding down corners and rolling long sides to the middle it now somewhat resembles an arrow or spear.

folding a towel snake

twist the towel

Twist the towel so the whole thing is twisted together except the pointy end.

towel creations cobra

pull the end from one roll

This bit is not in the book, but if you pull the corner of the towel out of end of one roll it will look far more like the tip of a snake’s tail than 2 rolls ending abruptly does.  Cover the end of the other roll with towel from the roll you pulled the tip from so it has just the one tip showing at the back end.

making a towel snake

tie a knot in the rolled, twisted snake body

Tie a knot in the rolled, twisted snake body.  This is what holds it all together and also what limits it to one position.

how to fold a towel snake

shape the pointy end into the snake’s head

Pull towel out or tuck towel in as needed to shape the pointy end into a snake head.

finished towel snake

decorate as desired

Add eyes or sunglasses so it looks more like a snake and less like a towel.  A forked tongue works well for this too.  Use paper or felt to make eyes and tongue.

A Better My Towel Snake

how to make a snake with one towel

fold down one corner

Lay towel (or washcloth) out flat.  Fold down one corner.

how to fold a towel snake

make a pointy end

Fold a pointy end by folding over the both sides so they meet in the center of the corner you previously folded down.  The folds won’t be even, they just need to meet at the middle of the pointy end these folds make.

making a towel snake

start rolling from the side that has the most towel folded over

Start rolling on the side that has the most towel folded over.  Roll all the way to the far end in just one roll.

how to fold a towel snake using one towel

towel rolled into one roll

When you reach the middle, just keep on rolling until the whole towel is rolled into just one roll.  This is what gives this snake the versatility to position any way you like as it does not require a knot to hold two rolls together since it does not have two rolls.

how to make a towel animal using just one towel

shape a snake head from the big end

Pull towel out of the roll or push it in as needed to shape the snake head at the big end of the roll where all the folds were.

how to make a towel snake

decorate and position as desired

Add eyes and a tongue.  Snake can be stretched out long, coiled, draped over chairs, or positioned in any way that strikes your fancy.

creative baby shower gift idea


This snake is so versatile that someone looking for a creative baby shower gift could make one from a baby towel and insert a baby’s rattle into the tip of its tail, thus turning it into a rattlesnake.  I had neither a baby towel nor a rattle, but this snake has a similar sized toy as a substitute.

how to fold washcloth animals

use the same directions for any size towel, even a washcloth as shown

The same directions work for any size towel or washcloth.  People use towel cakes as a means of giving bath towels as a gift at bridal showers.  Why not towel snakes as a new creative way to give towels as gifts at baby showers or housewarming parties?  Dish towels and dishrags could be substituted for bath towels and washcloths if someone wanted a creative way to give dish towel sets as gifts for a housewarming or bridal shower.  You could even roll small gifts up inside the snakes and use them as wrapping.  The possibilities are limited only by the boundaries of one’s imagination.

how to fold a washcloth snake

baby snake made from washcloth

Next up in the towel animal folding series is: Towel Pig

towel pig

towel pig with goodies – it is a pig after all

I also have lots of other blogs on how to fold a variety of different towel animals.

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About LBcruiseshipblogger

MyCruiseStories blog tells stories about adventures in cruising on ships big and small. Things to do onboard and in port. Anything connected to cruising. Also food, travel, recipes, towel animals, and the occasional random blog.
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6 Responses to How to Fold Towel Animals – Making Towel Snakes

  1. Sartenada says:

    Awesome; I like it.

  2. Chris says:

    The perfect towel animal for Lord Voldemort’s birthday.

  3. you’re right, yours is much better! What’s with the knot in the other one? that just looks silly!

  4. Mitzie Mee says:

    So cute! Like, like like:)

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