Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chestnuts roasting on an cardboard fire...

Have you ever seen these little cardboard fireplaces people put up at Christmas?
Well, I hadn't either until a few weeks ago when my neighbor expressed a love for them.

If you know me, I have two weaknesses (more if you ask my husband) One is that I think- NO, I know, that I can make anything. Arrogant? Yes. But only in that respect!! I think negatively about everything else about myself and you can take that to the bank!

My second weakness is I'm a sucker when I hear that you want something rare and handmade. I will move heaven and Earth to make it for you. That is how this whole fireplace came about. My neighbor, as mentioned above, told me a few weeks ago that  her uncle had one of these cardboard fireplaces when she was a little girl and that she always wanted one just like it.

You see, I can't hear that and not want to make that dream come true. I also couldn't just buy one online. I mean really, that would be like the cake boss sending little Debi cupcakes to his kids school birthday celebration. NO, this one had to be lovingly hand-crafted by me. So when my daughter's bunk-bed arrived in super big boxes, I set to work right away crafting a hand-painted cardboard fireplace.

It was surprisingly easier than I thought it would be. I just mentally high-fived myself!

DomesticallySpeaking ”lil


  1. Oh my. We had one of those cardboard fireplaces when I was growing up because we did not have a real fireplace. It had a light bulb behind the cardboard flame and a little plastic disc that fit over the light bulb. As the light bulb warmed up, the plastic disc would spin creating a "flicker" of red and orange. Your fireplace is awsome. GREAT JOB!!!! It looks much more authentic than the original one.

    1. Sounds very cool. We had a cardboard fireplace as well and for the same reason. We used it for many many years. I don't remember if it had a light like yours did.

  2. That looks a million times better than anything you could buy. awesome! -Laura

  3. WOW! I'm so glad to know someone with "weaknesses" like yours! Keep doing what you're doing! :)

  4. Wow...Yours is so much better than the bought version...How lucky is your neighbor :) Merry Christmas!

  5. Do you have a how to make it somewhere?

  6. Do you have instructions? I’ve seen various fireplaces but this one is the most detailed and beautiful!

  7. Thank you for the inspiration! This is one of the cutest and useable cardboard fireplaces I saw on pinterest. I was able to make one with your help. I'm posting my experience and tips on making one on

  8. please send me instruction i want to do one this year always love this concept. this one that you done its amazing. thank you for sharing/ hopfully your child will give ya a min to write back Merry Christamas!

  9. Please send me instructions to build the fireplace. I grew up with one and would like to have one for my grandchildren. Thank you !

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