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Wedding cakes made of towels are popular
and inexpensive gifts for both bridal and wedding showers, and offer a
wide variety of options for those of you who are creative.
Towel wedding cakes are not hard to do
and don't take a long time to make, but to be successful, you need to be
careful in folding the towels during the assembly process.
You might also be interested
in making a diaper cake--now or in the future. For that
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Materials you will need:
2 white regular size bath towels
3 white hand towels
3 white wash cloths
Large Safety pins
Long straight pins; pins with decorative heads are nice to use.
Ribbon - Satin or Organza.
Organza is easier to handle and
hot glue. Well sell a wide variety of colors and sizes
and satin ribbon
here--but you can also purchase ribbon in craft and fabric stores.
Options: Real or silk flowers; small gifts, small appliqués,
glitter, kitchen tools.
1 can chloroform for children, husband and pets (OK, just
Please click on each picture for a larger image
When you fold your towels, please keep the proportions of your
"cake" in mind. Length and width should be "roughly" the
same--that is, if the base measures 10", the height should be 10" to
You can enhance the stability of your "cake" by buying cardboard
rounds in the cake section of your local crafts store.
If you click on each picture, you can see a
larger picture of the same thing
Start with the two bath towels.
Lay out one towel lengthwise, and
fold the towel into thirds along its length. Make sure the folds are even
throughout the length of the towel. Make sure the ends are
even as well.
Fold the towel that is now in
thirds in half, again along its length, right over the previous folds. Make sure that the
ends are even throughout the length of the towel; the neater the
folds, the better your wedding cake will look.
Repeat the same folds with the
second bath towel. If you have folded carefully, the ends
should be the same. Pin one end of each of the folded bath
towels together with two safety pins. Your two towels should
now be end to end.
Joining edges of the bath towels
Starting at one end, carefully
roll the towels in one long roll as shown on the left. Try to
roll as tightly as possible.
Top of the rolled bath towel
Notice that the top of your finished roll has
a right and a wrong side. The edges of the towel show on the
wrong side; the edges don't show on the right side. Place the
finished roll so that the right side is up as shown in the left
picture. Make sure that the top of the roll is relatively
flat. If it is not flat, the next layer won't lay nicely on
the top, and you have not taken enough care in folding and rolling
Rolled bath towel
To fasten, either tie a satin or organza ribbon
closely around the roll, or use regular or decorative straight pins
to fasten the ends. If you are using straight pins, make sure
to use at least three long pins (quilting or pearl-headed hat pins
are nice), and put them firmly in place.
Unrolled hand towel--
fold differently than bath towel
Repeat with the hand towels and the
washcloths, except use three hand towels, and only fold to between 1/2
way and 3/4 to the opposite edge as shown. You are roughly
trying to match the height of your base--the bath towels.
Place the roll of
hand towels on top of the roll with the bath towels, again
remembering that there is a right side and a wrong side, and place
the roll with the washcloths at the very top. You're almost
Finished towel wedding cake!
Here comes the fun part!
Take your ribbon and wrap all three layers to keep them together.
Tie a decorative bow at the top. You can also use straight
pins to fasten appliqués, other bows, and even "tuck" things in the
top and sides of your "cake." Kitchen utensils and small baby items for baby
showers fit beautifully!
The ribbons featured in the
pictures are organza, which we prefer, because we feel it's easier to
handle than satin. Thinkwedding sells a wide range of widths and
as well as Organza/Organdy Circles
Organza Fabric Rolls, can be used to wrap around the
rolled towels to finish off your cake. Even if you're all thumbs
like us, a little ribbon and fabric helps to create
wonderful effects! Decorations can be both pinned and tucked
into the folds of your finished towel cake!
We would very much appreciate any other pictures of finished
cakes made as a result of these instructions. Please
send them to
email@example.com, and we'll be sure to give
you credit and our thanks!
See what our readers have made!
The towel cakes below were made as a
result of our instructions.
We hope that they will be an inspiration
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Katherine Timpone's first towel cake, made for her daughter,
Sherri's, bridal shower. It was quite a hit with everyone
McCormack created this towel cake for her good friend is less than
1/2 a day. She used a woodland theme to reflect her friend's
wedding invitations. You did great, Diane!
A first towel cake made by Marianne Anastasio for
her neice's bridal shower featured a beach theme,
and she used her niece's wedding party colors.
Well done, Marianne!
Rebecca and Vera Wilson thought that towel cakes were an amazing
idea, and created their first cake as a gift for a shower they
|This is a towel cake
created by Elisa Howard of Cleveland, TN for her granddaughter's
bridal shower. This is her second cake, and she incorporated
the wedding's colors of black and white with yellow daisies.
Very creative, Elisa!
|Evelyn used one hand
towel on the top instead of three wash cloths; she found that the
sizes were comparable.
Two loufas and a bath brush were used to decorate Becky
Walker's creation for her sister!
This was a first attempt by
Mark Kent; he used another made by Laura Dudley
(whose cake was also featured here) as an
inspiration, and added pillars to the design.
The bride was thrilled! Good work, Mark!
Shirley Tetreault did this towel cake for a shower, and wrote that
she was grateful for the instructions. Just love the colors!
||Rebekah DeHart did
her first towel cake for a friend's bridal shower. She used
cream towels, cream flowers, and brown ribbon and added some cooking
tools, using a grilling tray as a base. Good work, Rebekah!
Here are two towel cakes made by Darnell Collums of Smithville, MS,
for two different showers, and they were a definite hit at both!
On the black and white "cake" on the right, she used the bride's
Save the Date card as a topper; on the one on the left she used
brown towels that make the guests think she was bringing dessert
because it looked so much like chocolate! Thanks for sharing
your great ideas, Darnell!
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