Sunday, June 12, 2011

My First Attempt at a Towel Cake

I'd say this adventure went fairly well. I hit a few road blocks along the way, but overall I think it looks pretty good! I had a shower to go to on Saturday and wanted to do something fun with my sis-in-law's gift. My mom sent me the inspiration to a link for a towel cake and I decided to give it a whirl. My dear friend Anna made one for me as a shower gift a couple of years ago and I loved it.

Long story short, I thought I had brown towels and could tie in the pink and green theme of the wedding. Turns out I had red towels that really clash... I forgot I had exchanged the towels a few weeks ago after the registry was changed. Oops! So the color scheme doesn't exactly match the bride's colors, but I decided to go for it anyways.

I realized when I was done I should have taken some pictures as I went through the process, but it's pretty easy to accomplish and there are lots of videos on Youtube as well. I improvised a few things along the way.

I started out with the bottom layer. Take two bath towels and fold lengthwise in quarters and then roll your first one up. I used a rubber band to secure the cylinder and then roll your second towel around the first one. Secure the edges with straight pins.
The middle layer is made out of hand towels and the top layer is made out of wash cloths. Most directions say to use two of each, but I used three of each for the top to layers- I like the fuller look. Follow the same steps as above to make the remaining layers.

Since I was throwing this together last minute (go figure, I bought the towels a month ago!) I had to use things around the house to add the finishing touches. I used shish kabob skewers to stabilize the layers. I didn't want to lose one while carrying it in along with my lil' peanut.
The ribbon is some that I had left over. I tacked one side down with a straight pin in the back, wrapped it around, cut it to size, and the tacked the other end down.
The 'N' on top is an ornament I bought last year during Christmas time and put away for a future gift. I used hot glue to attach it to a popsicle stick. That way it can easily be removed and placed on a future tree.
The carnation flower is one I made for my daughter's hair. I just used a straight pin to attach it along with a few artificial flowers I had laying around.

Easy peasy as that. It probably took me an hour to put together. A lot of that was me monkeying with the towels trying to decided how to fold and roll them. It makes an ordinary gift more unique and is so much fun!

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