Bring the sand and surf right to your table: Craft a seashell place setting

If you’re longing for a week at the beach, bring reminders of your last trip there to your table. The sea-themed place setting DIY project doesn’t get any easier, and the result is warm, sunny and casual, just like the beach itself.
These nature-inspired place settings beckon guests to a welcoming table. Nautical fish netting is widely available at craft stores, and a touch of it adds a truly oceanic touch to this project. The neutral components of this DIY project pair perfectly with whatever tablescape and color scheme you create, but don’t mistake that flexibility for something that won’t make an impression. After you’re done eating, enjoy dessert with a conversation about your favorite sandy locales.
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Materials
- 6 to 8 small, flat seashells
- Precision o knife
- Several sets of alphabet stickers
- Large sheet of nautical fish netting
- Scissors
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Small decorative faux flowers and craft pearls
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Instructions
1. Place the shell so the interior faced down on the work surface.
2. Remove the letters one by one from the adhesive alphabet sheet with the precision knife to spell the name on the shell.
3. Press each letter down firmly to the shell.
4. Cut a 5-by-5-inch piece of nautical netting from the larger sheet with the scissors.
5. Apply a few drops of hot glue on the top back portion of the shell’s curved edge.
6. Lay the small piece of netting on the work surface and place the shell on it, centering it. Press the spot with the glue on its underside firmly to the netting to securely affix it.
7. Flip over the shell and netting on the work surface. The shell will be underneath the netting.
8. Apply a drop of glue to the sides of the shell and its bottom center point, and affix the netting to those points.
9. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.
10. Trim the netting so about 3/4 of an inch surrounds the shell.
11. Apply a drop of glue to the back of the small flower and affix it to the upper left corner of the shell.
12. Apply a drop of glue on several random spots on the netting and adorn with one pearl on each spot.
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13. Arrange the beachy place setting cards atop the plates on the set table.
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