Ever since I was a child, I’ve always had this image in my mind when I think of Christmas decorations in a house – a Christmas tree with twinkling lights beside a roaring fireplace with Christmas stockings hanging from the mantelpiece. Don’t ask me why… Blame all those American Christmas shows I watched growing up! Since I grew up in Australia where Christmas is in Summer, the roaring fireplace never happened. Now, I live in a tropical country so fireplaces in general are just a ridiculous concept.
I started experimenting with the DIY fireplace a couple of years back, but I think I’ve finally got the effect I was after:
The mantelpiece is the ledge from our breakfast counter. We have a light under the breakfast counter so it creates a nice effect for the fireplace in the dark.
The Brick Fireplace
This was just a large cardboard covered with black felt and “brick-coloured” felt.
The fire was painted with acrylics on a piece of canvas using the following tips from:
There is also a video on how to paint realistic fire with an airbrush – if you have one.
Well, it seems I’m not the only one with the idea, because cardboard fireplaces appear to be all the rage…