I decided to try my hand at making a nautical rope napkin ring after seeing it in my Martha Stewart craft book. However, the instructions left much to the imagination! The knot is called a Turk’s Head, and making it for the first time can be tricky. I searched the web to find some better instructions but came up empty except for a video that went way too fast. Thirty minutes and several attempts later, I had figured it out! Here’s (in my opinion) a simple tutorial for a Turk’s Head knot that will have you making napkin rings in 3 minutes flat! Don’t they look good with my star spangled napkins?
- 6mm braided rope (I bought 10 ft rope and cut it in half and had a little left over)
- toilet paper roll
- Wrap the rope around the tube with the short end closest to you, and the remaining rope laying over top of the shorter piece.
- Wrap the rope underneath the tube.
- Bring it up through the middle of the other two pieces of rope.
- Thread it underneath the right piece of rope.
- Twist the tube a half turn until you see this view.
- Cross the two piece over each with the left piece laying on top.
- Thread the long piece of rope through the opening going over the right piece and under the left.
- Repeat a second time- over and under, going to the right now.
- Twist your tube a quarter turn until you see this view.
- Cross the two pieces over each other as before, left piece on top.
- Thread your short end through the new opening, going over and then under.
- Take your long end and thread it through following the exact same route as the shorter piece. Stay to the right of the rope already in place.
- Continue following the pre-existing rope all the way around the tube.
- Make sure you are staying to the right of the rope you are following.
- It should look like this.
- When you reach the end of the short piece of rope, cut your long piece and melt the two pieces together using a lighter. Conceal this part under another piece of rope.
The finished product! I promise it gets easier after you’ve made a few. You can use all different kinds of rope depending on the colors of your napkins and style.
Or, if you STILL can’t figure out the Turk’s Head knot, here’s a much simpler but still creative way to incorporate a nautical touch to your place setting. Simply tie some rope in a knot around your silverware and place on your napkin. Easy as 1-2-3!
I hope these instructions were easier to follow because these napkin rings are definitely cost effective. It only cost me $3 to make 6! And how cute would they be on a boat? Anyone own a yacht they need decorated?