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Nautical-Themed Party Decor

Create a nautical-themed party with our easy and affordable decorating ideas.

nautical table

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2012


Striped Drop Cloth Table Covering

An inexpensive five-foot square drop cloth from a hardware store can easily be transformed into a durable outdoor table covering.

  1. Adhere two 5-footlong strips of painters' tape to the cloth, dividing it into thirds.
  2. Paint the outer sections with white paint, leaving the middle section unpainted. Let dry completely, then remove the tape.

Paint, by Martha Stewart Living Paint, in Pure White; and drop cloth, by Sibiu, $8;

Rope Tablecloth Anchor

Don't let the wind prevent you from setting your table outside.

  1. Run a piece of standard boat rope along the underside of a table (the rope should be 4 1/2 times the width of the table); bring the 2 long, loose ends to the top of table.
  2. Tie ends in a square knot on the top of the table. (For instructions on how to tie the square knot, see our Nautical Square Knot How-To.)
  3. Bring the loose ends back down under the table, and tie them.
  4. Repeat with another piece of rope at the other end of the table.

Paper-Boat Saltcellar

Hand-folded paper boats make fitting vessels for flaky sea salt. They couldn't be easier to make: All you need is an 8 1/2-by-11-inch piece of plain white paper. Follow our folding instructions to create the boat.

Painted Salt Spoons

These wooden spoons look like little oars.

  1. Wrap a piece of painters' tape around the handle an inch or two above the bowl of the spoon.
  2. If your spoons are varnished, sand down the area above the tape, and then apply primer and let dry.
  3. Apply paint, let dry completely, and remove the tape. Unless you are using foodsafe paint, make sure to avoid painting any areas that will come in contact with the salt.

Bamboo salt spoons, 4", $3 each,

For even more nautical-themed table ideas, see our Red, White, and Blue Nautical Party.

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