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DIY Faux Fireplaces That Are Almost as Good as the Real Thing

No working fireplace? No problem! It's time to get creative with these DIY alternatives.

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DIY Faux Fireplace Book

If you want all the inspiration you can get, check out this DIY fireplace book. You’ll find 10 unique faux fireplace projects, with pictures. Whether you’re looking for a minimalist fireplace, Santa’s workshop fireplace or a year-round look, this book has you covered. Enjoy the comfort and ambiance of a crackling fire on a cold winter’s night. Here are complete instructions for how to install a gas fireplace.

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Wood Log Faux Fireplace Insert


If you have an old fireplace you’re not using anymore, or you want the option to have your winter fireplace double as a beautiful scene when not in use during the warmer months, check out this wood log faux fireplace insert. Creating the look of stacked logs looks cozy yet clean. Here are the complete how-to instructions so you can get this look in your fireplace.

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Candlelit Fireplace


A white faux fireplace, with burning candles in transparent glass vases at its center, is the perfect chic-meets-warm look that’s easy to achieve. The candles keep the flame alive without causing you to worry about managing smoke and fuel. If you have a fireplace that cannot function or won’t be used, check out these 12 ways to make the most of it.

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Real Wood for Decoration


Just because you’re not going to burn wood in your non-functioning fireplace doesn’t mean you can’t put wood in it! If you live by the beach, stack some driftwood. For a clean look, try birch logs. Stick with oak for a classic feel. Here are 10 things you should never burn in your fireplace.

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Wood Wrapped in Christmas Lights


Set up a stack of wood on a stand in your fireplace and wrap Christmas lights around it for the ultimate holiday display. Opt for bulbs with an orange hue to really set the mood. If you use your fireplace or woodstove regularly but can’t remember the last time your chimney was cleaned, it’s probably overdue. Check out these tips before you get started.

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If You Build It, He Will Come!


This faux fireplace uses the cardboard insert from paper towel rolls to mimic logs. Stack like real logs and add orange string lights above it. Patio bricks serve as the faux fireplace sides, with a wood mantel and floor to resemble the real deal.

Another way to handle the situation if you have children and no fireplace is to provide the jolly old elf with a special key. Here’s what you need to know about this fun tradition.

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Life-Size Cardboard Fireplace


This life-size cardboard fireplace is pure kitsch. If you have a sense of humor and want your home to look a little more festive, this faux fireplace may be the perfect affordable option! Here’s a collection of clever hints and tips that will make your holiday decorating faster, easier and more fun!

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Fireplace Wall Decal


While a wall decal that features the entire fireplace may not leave you much room for DIYing, this one allows you to get creative. The faux fireplace mantel is a simple design that you can peel and stick to a blank wall. Place whatever decoration you want in the middle, like these beautiful faux birch candles. Check out the fireplace one of our readers found when he tore out the cracked plaster walls in his old house.

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Entertainment Center Faux Fireplace


If you actually had a fireplace, maybe you’d be cozying up in front of it this winter, but since you don’t, you might be clocking more TV time. Combine the best of both worlds with this fun entertainment center. It’s not DIY if you buy this ready-made, but you could use this as inspiration for one you build yourself. You should also check out how to build a DIY fire pit.

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Easter Fireplace


For an enchanting fireplace look that’s ideal for Easter, find a bare, uninteresting wall and mount a mantel and faux hearth. Place a bouquet of flowers on the floor and decorate the mantel with vibrant egg ornaments hanging from a small tree.

This fire table is a fun build because it entails a variety of skills: woodworking, masonry, metal work and a little mechanical.

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Alexa Erickson
Alexa is an experienced lifestyle and news writer, currently working with Reader's Digest, Shape Magazine and various other publications. She loves writing about her travels, health, wellness, home decor, food and drink, fashion, beauty and scientific news. Follow her traveling adventures on Instagram: @living_by_lex, send her a message: [email protected] and check out her website: livingbylex.com