How to Make a Towel Animal: Monkey

Mr. Monkey is a little more challenging than the towel animal elephant, but if I can do it then so can you.

You will need:

1 Bath sheet (I used a regular bath towel, but my monkey isn’t as long as he needs to be because of it)
1 Hand towel
safety pins

Lay the bath sheet (regular towel if you are cheating like me) out horizontally

and roll both edges toward the center

Bend the rolled-up towel in the middle so that the rolls face outward

Find the towel corners contained in each roll and tug them out a little

Now for the somewhat tricky part. Take two opposite corners in each hand and pull outward like you are spreading your arms wide

The rolls will tighten and twist as you pull which forms the monkey’s arms and legs

At this point I went ahead and used safety pins to attach the monkey’s arms to a coat hanger. You can also attach him to a shower curtain rod or doorknob or adjust him so he’s sitting on the bed or couch.

Adjust the center portion until the body looks like you like

Now you’re ready to work on the head. Lay the hand towel out flat

Then fold in half

Roll the towel diagonally from the bottom/left and top/right corners until they meet in the middle

Holding the rolls in one hand so they don’t unroll, use your other hand to roll the bottom point toward the top points.

Flip the shape over

Peel the top layer of the point backward to cover the shape and form the mouth so that the front of the head looks like this

All the loose ends are tucked in the rolled portion of the head and the points are secured using a safety pin.

Arrange the head onto the body. You may or may not need to pin it there depending on where you position your monkey. I added a couple of scrapbooking stickers (letter “o’s” ) for eyes  instead of sunglasses.

Maybe one day I’ll have nice new towels that match so my monkey’s head isn’t a different color than his body. 😉

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  1. This is really clever, thanks for showing us how to do it. What a brilliant idea!!

    CJ xx

  2. That is so cute. I remember going on a cruise years ago and when I arrived there was a towel made into some sort of animal on my bed.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. My boys would so SO love this. What a fun and great tutorial!

  4. I thought it was a frog :) Cute!

  5. This is so cute. My husband and I recently went on a cruise and our head housekeeper would make towel creations and it was so amazing each time we would come into our room.

  6. I just died of cuteness overload! :)

  7. This is so creative. I am definitely going to try this to see how it comes out! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

  8. You are so dar crafty – it makes me jealous 😉 Love this towel monkey!!

  9. That is just too darn cute!

  10. Caddie Hart says:

    Awww that is SO cute!!

  11. That’s such a very cute idea

  12. That is so cool, I wish I could do it right.

  13. That is awesome!

  14. This is so cute. We stated at a hotel one time and each day you would come into the room a nd find a new towel animal. My kids thought it was the neates thing ever. Thanks for sharing.

  15. 1955nurse says:

    Totally adorable – I just have to do this for my grandkids the next time we visit, they’ll just LOVE it!!! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

  16. stephanie hodges says:

    I am going to have to try this as my guest bathroom is monkey themed! Adorable, especially for guest.

  17. shelly peterson says:

    Very cute! it does look a little difficult but will have to give it a try, thanks for showing us how :)

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