How to Make a Cardboard Fireplace

    by Deborah H. Schreiben

    About the Author

    Deborah H. Schreiben is a freelance writer and an editor with more than 15 years experience in the field of journalism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Almeda University. Her writing has appeared on various online sites and in Midwest newspapers.


    Making a fireplace from cardboard is an easy and cheap way to add a fun, decorative touch to a room. It’s a particularly good decoration for Christmas time when you need a place to hang stockings or want to convince children that Santa really does have a way into your home. This three-dimensional fireplace begins as a cardboard appliance box. You paint it to give it the look of brick and metallic paper flames adorn its face.

    Things You'll Need

    • Large appliance box
    • Packing tape
    • Tape measure
    • Pencil
    • Utility knife
    • Brick-colored spray paint
    • Gray craft paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Wood-grain Contact paper
    • Scissors
    • Black poster board
    • Gold metallic wrapping paper
    • Glue

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    Tape the box closed. Measure down 48 inches from the bottom and make marks every few inches around the perimeter of the box to create a dotted, horizontal line. Cut along the dotted line to create a 4-foot box that is closed on the top

    Spray paint the entire fireplace red or tan. Allow to dry completely. Use gray craft paint and a paintbrush to paint rectangular brick shapes in a staggered pattern around the entire fireplace.

    Apply a 2-inch strip of wood grain Contact paper around the top edge of the fireplace and cover the top of the fireplace with the material to simulate a wooden mantel.

    Cut a 20-by-20 inch square from black poster board. Glue it to the center of fireplace along the bottom. Cut flame shapes in assorted sizes from metallic wrapping paper. Glue them in layers onto the black poster board.

    • Use caution when handling any box cutting tool.

    Photo Credits

    • fireplace bricks image by Kirubeshwaran from