Everyone dreams to have their house warm and cozy. We say “house” and mean “home” for reason. We suggest you to make the fireplace of boxes with your own hands. Most of us has no opportunity to make the real fireplace in the apartment.
But everyone can make such cardboard fireplace with their own hands. And also don’t listen to anybody who says that it’s not the real fireplace, because for you and your family it is the best! Such fireplace is possible to make for one evening, also you can put children to work and let them do it together. Be sure, they will be delighted.
What boxes to use
A lot of things depend on what box or boxes you will use to make a false fireplace of cardboard. If you take such a box from the TV, then it is possible to make such variant:
All you need is to measure the length, to draw lines, to bend cardboard inside and to glue. Then to turn upside-down, paint over insides with dark paint, to attach several glued sheets of a cardboard or any other board from above with double-sided tape, it is possible to use the laminate remains and so on.
If you add one more box, then it is possible to use such production technology for a false fireplace:
There is one more variant of cardboard fireplace. A box is from the TV too, and a fireplace hole is cut out in a different way.
Then decorate with cardboard “bricks”. There are pieces of polyfoam above and below. It is very simple, but quick variant.
And now let’s pass to more detailed master class.
Variant 1 (master class)
Such a remarkable cozy fireplace is possible to make of a simple material with your own hands. Thanks to the light weight of cardboard, decor can be made by both men and women.
The false fireplace which is correctly made and competently decorated is a beautiful and unusual decoration for your house.
And if you spend for a ceiling polyfoam plinth, you can buy in the same hardware store both sockets and figures of polyfoam. All of this is very cheap. Maybe you’ve decided to make just strict and classical false fireplace? Everything depends on your desire and imagination. I hope, our detailed master class will simplify your work.
What is needed for work:
- Cardboard boxes (4 of bigger and 5-6 of smaller size).
- White paper or 1 roll of any wallpaper.
- Paper glue.
- Adhesive tape simple and double-sided.
- Color cardboard for “bricks” or a roll of wall-paper with the brick pattern.
Boxes have to be made of thick cardboard that retain its form. To make the cardboard fireplace, it is necessary to understand as a first step, how to connect boxes to get the needed form of an item.
When the form is chosen, fix separate boxes with adhesive tape so that to make big details of the fireplace. Fasten together 4 pieces of big and 5 pieces of small boxes with adhesive tape.
Then paste all the parts over with white paper or wallpaper roll. Do all this with adhesive tape, undercutting paper in corners.
That is all parts should be pasted over with paper.
Put the upper big detail on a double-sided tape. Press the upper part to the lower part.
Meanwhile you can have the child to cut out “bricks” from a color cardboard to make a decor for the fireplace.
Next, glue “bricks”, smearing them with paper glue. Put them to paper and press carefully.
So paste over all surface, except for a back part. This is a simple and quick way to make a false fireplace.
The second master class is a little more difficult as here we will make a fireplace not just of boxes, but of a big box. Let’s draw and cut out that everything will be symmetric.
It will be excellent if for work you find a box from under the flat TV with big diagonal. If you don’t find such box, it is possible to take pieces of a cardboard, it is only necessary to stick them together.
What is needed for work:
- Box or pieces of a cardboard.
- White paint (better a spray paint).
- Plinth and ornament of polyfoam.
- Utility knife.
- PVA glue.
- Painter’s tape.
We have a similar drawing for a DIY false fireplace. For example, these:
It is possible to make higher false fireplace. Everything is up to you. Transfer the scheme to the box. Draw the necessary lines with pencil and ruler. Cut out an opening for “firewood” in the center of a box with knife. Bend edges of a box inside and glue or fix them with a painter’s tape to a back wall. If you’ve decided to make false cardboard fireplace, sheets need to be stuck together. It is possible to put adhesive tape on above for safe-keeping.
If you purchased a plinth and other polyfoam decor, paste all this with PVA glue or the glue gun to cardboard.
Next, you need a top for the fireplace. There can be options: to stick together several pieces of a cardboard, or to take a piece of polyfoam or thin plywood. Paste the top to the main part of a fireplace.
Paint the item white. Don’t forget to put newspapers down not to stain a floor. It is possible to use water-emulsion paint.
Paint the item over with white paint. Leave it to dry. If gleams are visible, paint once again. For stability of the design we advise to strengthen a bottom with cardboard or a metal framework.
How to make a fire imitation with your own hands? Of course, the cardboard doesn’t give us the chance to light a real fire in our false fireplace. It is possible to purchase a lamp which is similar to a flickering flame and to put it in the fireplace hole. Someone does firewood of the twisted cardboard, someone from twigs and branches. If you live out of town, it’s not a problem to get firewood. And city dwellers can collect branches in the park. Also you can put an electrogarland or an electrocandle on the improvised firewood. That’s all; we have a beautiful DIY fireplace.
For a video master class “How to make a cardboard fireplace”.
Types of cardboard fireplaces
Various decor for a false fireplace is possible to make with you own hands. Perhaps, some idea on a decor is useful to you in your work.