How To Make a Towel Cake: A Cute and Practical Housewarming Gift

Holly Grace
by Holly Grace
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Are you looking for a unique and practical housewarming gift that's both creative and functional? Consider making a towel cake – a delightful and easy DIY gift that combines everyday kitchen items into a fun and useful package.


In this step-by-step tutorial, I'll show you how to create this charming kitchen accessory cake using affordable materials from Dollar Tree.


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1. Rolling the Bath Towel

Start by selecting a nice, big bath towel. Fold it into thirds (trifold) and roll it tightly.

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Secure the rolled towel with twine to prevent it from coming undone.

Cake plate as base for towel cake

Place this towel on a disposable cake platter.

Fold cloths in thirds

2. Adding Dishcloths Layers

Tri-fold multiple dishcloths and layer them on top of each other.

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Leave about three inches of each end exposed.

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Wrap the long strip of dishcloths around the rolled bath towel.

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If the cloths do not wrap around the entire cake you can take one more and wrap it at the back.

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Secure them in place with a large stretchy rubber band.

Trifold towel

3. Decorative Towel Layer

Choose another towel in a contrasting color to the first one.

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Trifold it and wrap it around the existing layers, securing it with another stretchy rubber band.

Glass candle jar

4. Add Candles

Place a candle in the center of your first tier.

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Then place a second candle on top of the first to form the center of your second cake towel tier.

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5. Microfiber Cloth Rolls and Candles

Roll up smaller microfiber cloths into tight rolls, securing them with elastics.

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Place them around the second-tier candle.

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Next, wrap a decorative dishcloth around them like a ribbon, securing it with a rubber band.

Trifold towel

6. Adding the Final Tier

Take a hand towel, tri-fold it, and roll it up, leaving the center somewhat open.

Add your final tier of the cleaning cake

Tie one side to keep it together.

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Place it on top of the second tier as your third and final tier.

Decorate with utensils

7. Decorating with Kitchen Tools

Slide various kitchen tools, such as sponges, can openers, scissors, and a scrub brush, down inside the loose center of the third tier as well as into various areas on the second tier.

Cover elastics with ribbon

8. Concealing Elastics with Ribbon

Cover the elastic bands around each tier with a pretty ribbon, giving your towel cake a polished finish.


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Whether you're welcoming someone to their new home or celebrating a milestone, the towel cake is a fun way to gift essential home items and offers a delightful and memorable surprise for the recipient.


Have you tried making a towel cake before or do you have other easy DIY gift ideas?

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  • Cyndi Cyndi on Feb 07, 2024
    How do you keep the tiers from sliding around? What secures the tiers together?
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