How to Fold a Towel Anteater

how to make cruise ship towel animals

anteater towel animal

Most of the towel animals on this blog came from animals the stateroom stewards fold on cruise ships.  Like the crab and this anteater is my own creation, although the crab I made intentionally after the underside of a towel frog reminded me of a crab and the anteater came about quite by accident.  On our cruise on the Carnival Breeze, our stateroom steward was just learning how to make towel animals so I made one for him each afternoon to find when he came to do the evening cleaning and he made one for us each evening.  One day I tried to make something new I hadn’t done before – the Macaw out of Carnival’s Towel Creations book (which you can buy onboard Carnival ships).  It didn’t turn out quite right and the anteater was born.

towel anteater

Anteater I made on Carnival Breeze

Supplies Needed To Make a Towel Anteater

1. One Bath Towel

2. Two Hand Towels

3. Eyes (googly eyes or bits of paper or cloth.)

4. Pipecleaner tongue

How To Fold a Towel Anteater Body

Start with the standard towel animal body the same as the majority of other towel animals.  Lay the bath towel out flat and roll both ends fairly tightly to the center.  Fold rolled towel in half, rolled side out.  Pull the tips out of each rolled end.  Hold all 4 ends and pull until rolls pull into legs and your rolled towel becomes a body.

how to make a standard towel animal body

roll both ends of towel to the middle from short sides

making a towel animal body

fold towel in half, rolled sides out and pull tips of towel out of each roll

towel animal folding instructions

hold the tips of all four rolls and pull tight

towel animal body

rolls pulled tight into legs

How To Fold a Towel Anteater Tail

Hang the center of one hand towel on a wall hook or tuck it under your chin.  Roll both sides to the center at an angle as tightly as you can.  Tuck tail between rolls of body with rolled sides up on both towels.

making a towe anteater's head

hang center of hand towel on wall hook

towel animal folding instructions

roll both sides tightly to center

assembling towel tail to body

tuck tail between rolls on body rolled site up

How to Fold a Towel Anteater Head

Fold one third of the towel down on the short side.  Fold the other end just over the edge of the first fold.  Fold the top corners down like a triangle.  Lay the pipecleaner tongue between the triangles, sticking out at the end.  Roll tightly from both sides.  Tuck wide end between body rolls, rolled side up on the opposite side from the tail.

making towels into animals

fold down a third of a hand towel

how to fold a towel anteater head

fold up the opposite end just over the end of the first fold

folding towels into animals

fold the corners down like a triangle

decorating a towel animal

put a pipe cleaner between the folds of the triangle

towel art

roll both sides tightly to the middle

Finishing the Towel Anteater

Fold the legs together and roll anteater over.  Pose as desired, adjusting towels as needed.  Decorate with google eyes or use bits of felt, cloth, or paper for eyes.

how to make a towel ant eater

fold the legs together

towel animal folding step by step

roll the anteater over

towel animal folding

Finished anteater

Now if I could just get this anteater to go outside and eat some ants!

For instructions on how to fold many more towel animals please visit My Cruise Stories towel animal page.

copyright 2014 My Cruise Stories

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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9 Responses to How to Fold a Towel Anteater

  1. manonlesko says:

    The anteater is just adorable!

  2. Chris Beath says:

    I like the picture of the first anteater where the tongue is also the tip for the steward.

  3. Will PETA beat me up if I used that anteater to dry myself?

  4. What a great post. I have always been intrigued by how the ship stewards make such wonderful creations using towels.More importantly the passion they obviously have to put in the time and effort to create these and leave them on the beds to delight the guests.


  5. Ruth Roberts says:

    The ant eater is pretty clever.

  6. Asha Jabegu says:

    Wow ! interesting .

    On Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 1:46 PM, Cruise Stories wrote:

    > LBcruiseshipblogger posted: ” Most of the towel animals on this blog > came from animals the stateroom stewards fold on cruise ships. Like the > crab, this anteater is my own creation, although the crab I made > intentionally after the underside of a towel frog reminded me of a crab and > “

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