How to Fold a Towel Lobster

Using one bath and one hand towel, "Larry the Lobster" can be made in a pinch to impress your house guests... even if they are "claws-trophobic". Cruise lines and bed and breakfast hotels often use towel art to spice up room decoration, while this lobster version could actually be a fun centerpiece for a seafood feast.


  1. Image titled Bath Towel laid flat.
    Lay the bath towel flat.
  2. Image titled Bath Towel "scroll".
    Roll both ends to the middle, forming a scroll.
  3. Image titled Corners pulled.
    Pull the corners out of the middle of the rolls.
  4. 4
    Hold the corners of one end of the towel in your right hand.
  5. 5
    Hold the corners of the other end of the towel in your left hand.
  6. Image titled Pulled further.
    Image titled Pull towel ends apart.
    Gently shake and pull the ends apart.
  7. Image titled Lay it down with rolled sides facing up.
    Lay the whole towel down with the rolled side up.
  8. Image titled One roll tucked under the other.
    Lift one roll to rest on top of the other roll.
  9. Image titled Shape the "claws".
    Bend the ends of one end to look more "claw like".
  10. Image titled Hand towel laid on tail section.
    Lay the hand towel over the "tail" end.
  11. Image titled Hand towel pleated.
    Make four or five pleats in the towel down the length of the "tail".
  12. Image titled Tuck pleats under the tail to form the "legs".
    Tuck the sides of the pleats under the rolls of the bath towel on both sides.
  13. Image titled Finished "tail".
    Image titled Form tail.
    Form the tail by sliding the end in at the center.
  14. Image titled Front View.
    Image titled Side View.
    Look, a towel crustacean!


  • Slightly loosen the "scroll" rolls to make pulling easier.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 bath towel
  • 1 hand towel

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