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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.