Most of our craft projects at Beekman 1802 are the result of needing to find a solution to a problem at hand.   Need to create a quick placecard?  Use twigs and acorns.  A quick and fragrant candle votive?  Hollow out one half of an orange rind.

When recently planning an outdoor feast to conclude a community barn-raising, we wanted to find a way to keep the napkins from blowing away from the table.

Our simple solution not only solved the problem but allowed  the napkins to blow in the wind just like they were on a summer clothesline all the while staying just in reach of our guests’ hands.

We first placed a rustic nail just to the side of each place setting.  If you are using an outdoor table that you don’t want to use a nail on, a thumb tack or push pin will also work fine.

We purchased large packs of cheap flour sack cloths (available at most big box stores) and folded them in half lengthwise.

Using an inexpensive grommet kit, we placed a grommet half way down the length of the napkin about 1 inch from the folded edge.  Slipping the grommet over the nail held the napkins perfectly in place while allowing enough maneuverability for easy use.  The generous size of the napkins allowed guests to reach their hands and mouths without having to remove the napkin from its hook.

The best part is that after the dinner and a trip through the washer, we had a large number of kitchen and craft-space rags that can be placed at arm’s reach—ready for any number of  the creative messes to come.

by Josh and Brent

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Lynda Mortimer

Just discovered your fun,inspiring,heartfelt lives on "planet green". I already have a list of folks I'm going to tell about this peek into the lives of a loving couple that took a leap of faith.

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Lynda Mortimer

Just discovered your fun,inspiring,heartfelt lives on "planet green". I already have a list of folks I'm going to tell about this peek into the lives of a loving couple that took a leap of faith. xoxoxo

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karen

My husband would always use my dishtowel for drying his hands until I found black hand towels & put a grommet in them for hanging. Now I use old shower curtain hangers to loop through the grommet & hook it onto various handles/towel holders.

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Steve Balistreri

Love the Idea AND the shows as always.

I think you guys should do cross merch. "Polka Spot & Glam" Muckboots.

However, please stop endorsing "Some" Big Box retailers in your print spots- the "Always Low" place and those with a big Red Circles……boys, you know they are not gay friendly or women friendly. Keep up the great show!

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azalee

Your show is great I feel as if we are BF (smile). Keep up with the great ideas I will use this one.

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Laurie

When we were having a Texas BBQ, I bought classic red bandanas and, for a table cloth, I bought denim by the yard. The centerpieces were minature yellow roses and tiny succulents in some inexpensive blue baskets I found.

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Andre Jones

That is a fantastic idea. And hand towels would be perfect. You guys are clever and classy. Function with flare and some homespun too.

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Phyllis

I saw them on the show and was wondering how it was done. Thanks so much for the explanation! What a great idea for children to decorate or print their names on. Cute, clever! Love it!

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Emily

So that's how you did it! The napkins completely caught my eye during last night's episode, so thanks for sharing! This will come in so handy for this summer's gatherings. Cheers!

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pamela horinek

Great idea will have to make some for summer bbq's. And yes Josh's cake look great. The barn looks really nice and you kept the integrity of the period in which it was built, great job.

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Audrey

napkins-smapkins – how about that CAKE!!!!

seriously though – that's a clever idea – but please don't tell me you stayed up 'til midnight doing this Brent!

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