If you aren’t lucky enough to already have a one, meet the Faux Fireplace that you can put anywhere.  Think of it as the “flat screen” fireplace, if you will.  At less than 6″ deep, it’s not going to take over you living room.

This is definitely a project that you can tackle in an afternoon, in plenty of time to hang those stockings with care.  You can also adjust the size to fit your living space easily – I choose this size because it works well with a perfect 1/2 sheet of plywood or paneling and a single 4×4 post, 8 feet long.  Of course, if you have trouble finding 4x4s, try sandwiching 2x4s together – that’s what I did.

Shopping List

  • 1/2 – sheet of faux brick paneling or 1/4″ plywood or mdf paneling
  • 1 – 4×4 post, 8 feet long OR 2 – 2x4s, 8 feet long
  • 2 – 2×4, 8 feet or stud length (in addition to the 4×4 posts above)
  • 1 – 2×6, 8 feet or stud length
  • 1 – 2×12, 4 feet long
  • 3″ screws
  • 1 1/4″ screws
  • wood filler, paint and sandpaper

Cut List

  • 1 – 2×12 @ 44 1/2″ (cut at an arch shape)
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 36 1/2″
  • 2 – 4×4 @ 48″ (legs)
  • 1 – 2×4 @ 51 1/2″ (top)
  • 1 – 2×6 @ 55 1/2″ (top TOP)
  • 1 – 1/4″ paneling @ 48″ x 48″

Step 1: Header

Cut the header at an arch shape as shown above.  Sand the cut edge to make sure the arch is even.

Step 2: Inner Trim

Assuming that your 2x12s are 11 1/2″ wide (widths can vary, I choose to list the widest possible widths) cut your 2x4s and screw to the arched top.  Don’t worry about getting a super strong joint, the joint will be reinforced from the back and sides.  If you don’t have a pocket hole jig, try just screwing at an angle from the 2×4 into the 2×12.

Step 3: Legs

Now add the 4×4 posts to the sides as shown above.  Back is flush.  Use a drill bit the size of your screw heads to drill approximately 1/2 way through the 4×4 posts.  Then use a drill bit the size of the screw shaft to drill the remaining way through the 4×4 posts.  Screw the posts to the 2x4s with 3″ screws.

Step 4: Top

If you’ve built a farmhouse bed, you are probably thinking, that all looks quite familiar.  And in fact, this could easily double as a full size headboard.  In this step, just screw the 2×4 to the top with 3″ screws.

Step 5: Top TOP

Now add the top TOP in the same manner, 3″ screws.

Step 6: Back

Now simply screw the back paneling on.


I finished mine by filling holes with wood filler, sanding, and then priming everything but the top.  I painted two coats of paint in an muted oooops green paint, and stained the top with Minwax Express Color in Pecan.  Make sure you screw through the 2×12 header into a stud in the wall behind the faux fireplace to keep it from tipping forward.

And for those of you who don’t wish to spend on a faux brick paneling (about $20 a sheet) how about this idea?  What a great place for Christmas cards!  Image from Country Living.

Or use a chalkboard to draw a fire  :) Love this idea from Apartment Therapy.

diy project: cardboard faux logs

I have always adored a fireplace in the living room. Nothing beats the warm (in more ways than one) feeling that it brings. We have a great fireplace in our cozy little house, but we also have a little girl. As much as I would love to have a glowing fire in our fireplace and a hot cup of cider and a good book to go with it, a fire just doesn’t work with our lifestyle at the moment. So in the meantime, to achieve that cozy feeling, I made cardboard logs to hold the fire’s place.

Made of rolled corrugated cardboard, these logs are coated with plaster to add texture and a clean birch look. The cut ends are reminiscent of the rings in big, hefty logs, and the handmade appeal brings a special, fireless warmth that a pile of wooden logs can’t produce. So put away your axe, get out your scissors and fill your fireplace with handmade warmth! – Brenna (paper + ink)

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CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!


  • 12″ wide single-faced corrugated cardboard (aka “corrugated wrap”)
  • masking tape
  • scissors
  • X-Acto knife or mat knife
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • plaster of Paris
  • small bucket


1. With the ridged side out, roll the cardboard up as tight as you can into cylinders of varying sizes. Cut along the ridges with the scissors. My cylinders ranged anywhere from 5″ to 8″.

2. Hot glue the end of the cardboard roll to the body of the log.

3. Make a couple more cylinders, only 1″ to 2″ this time, and glue closed.

4. With the scissors or the X-Acto knife, cut the small cylinders at an angle, about 2″ to 4″ up, then at the next 2″ to 4″ measurement, cut the cylinder straight across. Repeat. These short pieces will make the branches that stick out from the log.

5. Hot glue the short branches to the main body of the log, with the angled side on the log. Use the masking tape to secure until the hot glue cools.

6. To apply the plaster to the logs, first remove all the tape on the outside of the log. You can use your hands to mix the plaster; just remember to remove your jewelry.

7. Play with mixing the plaster until you get a thin paste. The directions say to mix one part of water with two parts of plaster. I started with this ratio and added more plaster to obtain a thin paste similar to the consistency of runny oatmeal.

8. With your fingers, spread the plaster on the log with the direction of the ribs of the cardboard. Cover the sides of the log only, not the ends. You can add as much or as little texture as you like with the plaster.

9. Let the plaster set at least a couple of hours.

10. Arrange the logs in the fireplace, grab a mug of hot cider and a good book, and feel the warmth 🙂

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