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How to make nautical napkin rings for a seaside-inspired table setting

Simple pleasures: These handmade sailing-rope napkin rings only take minutes to make

Place setting with blue and white napkins and plates

Photo credit: Roberto Caruso

Sunset suppers are the perfect way to take in warm summer evenings. Capture the seaside feel by pairing crisp white plates with blue napkins and handmade sailing-rope napkin rings. Take six lengths of rope and braid them together (in pairs). Tape ends to prevent fraying, then melt with a lighter. Grab your Top-Siders and captain’s hat, and you’re ready to cruise. Yacht optional.

Get this look: Rope, West Marine. Plaid napkin, Williams-Sonoma. Plates and similar blue napkins, West Elm.