How to Make a Fake Fireplace for Christmas

    by Melissa Hopkins

    About the Author

    Melissa Hopkins began writing for the Southern Illinois University newspaper in 2000, where she won several awards. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in English from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Hopkins moved to San Diego, where she worked as a stringer for various publications with the Pomerado Newspaper Group.


    Hanging stockings on the fireplace mantel is one of the fun traditions of Christmas, particularly for kids. However, many modern apartments and houses have no fireplace and tacking stockings to the wall just isn’t the same. Fortunately, making a fake fireplace for Christmas is relatively simple and the kids will be delighted to not only have a place to hang stockings, but also to be involved in a fun project.

    Things You'll Need

    • 2 cardboard boxes (2- by 4-feet)
    • 1 cardboard box (4 feet by 5 inches)
    • White spray paint
    • Protective face mask
    • Sheet of white paper (3- by 4-feet)
    • Clear packing tape
    • Scissors
    • Red construction paper
    • Glue stick
    • Liquid glue
    • Red, orange and gold glitter
    • Glitter tray
    • Red Christmas lights

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    Paint the boxes with white spray paint in a well-ventilated area. Wear a mask to avoid breathing paint fumes and allow the boxes to dry.

    Place the two identical boxes side by side, spaced 12 inches apart and place the long, thinner box on top in an arch formation. Use clear packing tape to tape the boxes together. Measure the entire formation and cut a piece of the rolled paper to form the back.

    Simulate bricks by cutting brick-sized pieces of red construction paper to glue onto the boxes and the paper. If you use glue sticks, even younger children can help. Add contrast by using different shades of red construction paper or color some of the bricks. Glue on bricks until you have covered both the inside and outside of the fireplace.

    Make a fake fire. Make a flame-shaped drawing on a piece of white paper and cut it out with scissors. Draw around the flame shapes with glue and sprinkle the glue with red, orange and gold glitter. Use a glitter tray for easy clean-up. Glitter trays are plastic trays with a spout at the corner that allow you to shake off excess glitter back into the container for later use. Let the glue dry and then glue the fire to the inside of the fireplace, across the paper backing.

    • Find cardboard boxes to construct your fake fireplace at a postal packaging store or look for free boxes at local retail stores.
    • Add texture to the fireplace by using different textured papers for the bricks or create a mantel that stands out by using different colored paper or painting it instead.
    • You can tape red blinking Christmas lights along the inside of the fireplace to simulate movement in your glittery fire.


    • Family Fun Homemade Holidays; Deanna F. Cook, et al.