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fake fireplace made with cardboard that has stockings hanging from it
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Cardboard Firelace

Step by step instructions to make your own fake DIY cardboard fireplace
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Paint Drying Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Servings: 1 Fireplace
Cost: 25


  • Sponge


  • 4 boxes 18x18x16
  • 2 boxes 28x20x5
  • 2 Rolls Brown craft paper
  • 1 Can Red brick acrylic paint
  • Sheets Red, black & yellow card stock


  • Tape all four of the 18×18 boxes up, be sure to leaving one flap open
  • Turn the boxes on their sides and stack them up to make the fireplace base. Then tape the sides and back seams together.

  • Roll out 130 inches of the brown craft paper. Then start painting on your faux bricks using the sponge.  If your craft paper isn't tall enough to cover the boxes, cut out a few strips of paper to make sure everything is covered when you're done.  Tape them to the larger 130″ strip before painting.  
  • Once the paint has dried, lay your paper over the boxes and secure them with packaging tape. 
  • Assemble your two 28 x 20 x 5 boxes and tape them together so the dimensions are 56 x 20 x 5. Cover the top and sides with craft paper. If you want to pain your mantle, you should do that now. Then just set your mantle on top of your bricks.
  • Place the black card stock down for the fireplace floor and then cut out red and yellow flames if you want to have a fire inside!


We found if your sponge isn’t too saturated, it gave it a more realistic look!