So You Need to Give a Shower Gift

Because Weddingbee is about everything weddings, I figured no one would mind if I interrupt your regularly scheduled planning and recap posts for a little shower gift how-to.

My half brother is getting married this summer, and this past weekend was his fiancee’s shower. As soon as I got the invitation I popped over to check out their registries in the hope that I could do something special for them gift-wise. When I saw that they, like many couples, had registered for a few sets of towels, I immediately knew what I needed to do.

I’m talking about a towel cake!


Image via Sweet ‘n Treats

You’ve probably seen this or similar images on Pinterest—I know I have and have been hoping for a chance to try my hand at this mini craft ever since.

I bought two each of the bath and hand towels, two washcloths, and an assortment of kitchen utensils they had on their registry, as well as a pizza pan to act as the stand. I also purchased complementing ribbon, a few clip-on flowers, and a wooden dowel.


Then, following this YouTube video, I was able to easily form the three tiers of the cake.

I used a couple dots from the glue gun to get the ribbon to stick together, and added the dowel to keep the cake upright. Then I stuck in the utensils, clipped on the flowers, and set the cake on the wrapped pizza pan. Take a look at my finished product:


The towel cake was a great spin on giving a gift that is very typically on a wedding registry. And honestly, it took me about as much time as a normal wrap job would have. The cake is easy to customize with different colors of ribbon and other decorations. So many of the women at the shower were intrigued by this idea, and I think there will be a few more towel cakes floating around at upcoming family functions!


My brother and his future wife seemed to enjoy it as well.

Have you ever made a towel cake? What is the most unique gift you have ever given or received at a shower?


Mrs. Airplane

Plymouth, Michigan
Wedding Date:
September 2013
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  1. mspalmtree Bee
    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:34 pm

    I would have been so impressed by this! I could never do it (ever), but it’s so useful and adds such a special touch.

  2. bracelet Bee
    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 2:44 pm

    What a cute idea!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:18 pm

    This is so cute!

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    FoolsintheRain 1109 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:41 pm

    LOVE this! My MOH is getting married this fall and I have been thinking about doing this! Thanks for the affirmation that it won’t be a pinterest fail!

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    LadyJenks 53 posts, Worker bee @ 11:09 pm

    Wow, that is seriously snazzy!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:12 am

    That is so adorable! You just reminded me that I wanted to make a diaper cake too… lol 🙂

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    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 7:09 am

    Very cool! Thank you for sharing!

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    missgoldfish 454 posts, Helper bee @ 7:11 am

    This is seriously so creative!

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    PT Events, Guest @ 7:46 am

    SUCH A CUTE IDEA!! very creative 🙂

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 4:14 pm

    This is so cute! What a great idea!

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