FUN DIY Fake Cardboard Fireplace

FUN DIY Fake Cardboard Fireplace

Make a Holiday tradition with this easy to make Holiday Faux Cardboard Fireplace

My husband built a fake cardboard fireplace for our granddaughter’s 1st Christmas in 2014. To my surprise this fake fireplace made our living room so cozy! Now I want a real fireplace.

LOL He said we’d look into it. When we took the decorations down, I asked him what we were doing with the fireplace and he told me we were redoing the nursery so we can put the fireplace in there. What a great idea grandpa! 🙂

How to build a Cardboard Fireplace

My husband brought cardboard boxes home from his work, they measured to 3 feet tall. That was with the box on top of the other 2, not in between the 2. He used packing tape to keep the boxes together and then he measured out the inside to make a back for the fireplace. He painted it black for soot and it looks so real!

We searched for Red Brick Wrap everywhere, and finally found it on Amazon. We measured out the size we needed to cut the paper to, and then wrapped the boxes accordingly. The log was made out of newspaper wrapped in a brown paper bag and crinkled.

We then added brown paper crumpled on top for added effect. We lite the fireplace with electric candles we already had, however I am going to see if I can find something else if we use it next year. Purchased the stocking holders at the Dollar Tree.

This is our finished Faux Cardboard Fireplace with Christmas decorations next to our Christmas tree and gifts under the tree. It’s been a very long time since we’ve had so much under our tree! Next year there will be even more, as they will be a bit bigger! LOL

Fake Cardboard Fireplace


Santa bag came from Bed, Bath and Beyond. Although you can’t see it in the picture, I love that is says “Santa was here”! 🙂 I’ve been using it for 5 years now and it has become a Christmas tradition.

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  1. The crafty things like this fireplace make our holidays so unforgettable. The family, the guests, the friends that visit during the season will point out at it! THIS what will make it so memorable and joyful.
    This fireplace is a centerpiece for your celebrations for sure.

  2. That’s a cool fireplace even though it’s fake. I’ll let my husband see it so he can make one too.

  3. Im going to a Christmas party im planning with my friend. We were just saying we wished we had a fireplace for stockings. Im going to make this😂🥰🥰

  4. This is such a cool and a perfect DIY project for this season. I love it and will definitely try making this with my kids, thanks for sharing!

  5. I love DIYs like this one, it is so fun and engaging. Great activity for the entire family.

  6. This is a great idea! We dont have a cold and white Christmas here in cayman. But this would be awesome idea

  7. I love this idea so much! I love making crafts and things at home and a fireplace is the perfect touch for a holiday decoration! I love how perfect it looks right next to your tree.

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