Towels may not be the most exciting gift in the world, but most couples setting up a home together need them. Instead of boxing and wrapping them, use a set of his and hers bath towels to make a three-tier cake that doubles as a decoration at the bridal shower. This project isn't as complicated as the final product makes it look, and requires no special tools. Everything but the towels is available at craft stores.
Fold the long sides of one of the bath towels in, so they meet in the center, then fold in half lengthwise so the edges are on the inside. Repeat with the second towel.
Roll the first towel, jelly roll style, from one narrow end. Make the roll as tight as possible. When the first towel is fully rolled, place the other folded towel so the ends of the two towels overlap, and continue to roll until you have a wide round base. Pin the end in place with several small safety pins.
Fold the hand towels in half. Roll the towels, end to end, to make a medium-sized middle layer, and pin to hold.
Fold the washcloths in half. Place one on top of the other and roll, then pin to hold.
Wrap each towel roll with ribbon, and tie with a bow.
Stack the three layers on a large round platter, with the bath towels on the bottom, the hand towels in the middle and the washcloths on top. Make sure the pinned sides face the back.
Pin the layers together with small safety pins. Tuck the pins into the folds of the towels so they're not visible.
Slide the stems of silk flowers into the rolls to decorate. Place a votive candle on top.
Delaware-based Daisy Cuinn has been writing professionally since 1997, when she became the features editor for her local biweekly music newspaper. She has been a staff writer and contributor to online and offline magazines, including "What It Is!," Celebrations.com and Slashfood. Cuinn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Temple University.