The tradition of making a fireplace the centerpiece of a New Year’s room decor came to us from the USA and European countries. If there is already a fireplace in the house, you should not miss the opportunity to decorate it for the New Year! And if not, it doesn’t matter – Our site tips.ru will tell you how to make a fireplace out of ordinary boxes.
Portal Our site has already described what kind of false fireplaces are, talked about all the varieties and options of arrangement. This time we will take the simplest option that any family can make with their own hands from ordinary cardboard boxes and inexpensive finishing materials..
So, to make a decorative fireplace for the New Year holidays with your own hands, you will need:
- Cardboard boxes. One large, for example, from under the TV, or four to eight medium size, for example, from under the shoes. The number of boxes depends on the size of the fireplace you want to end up with..
- Scotch tape, double-sided or plain.
- Stationery knife.
- PVA glue or stationery.
- Marking pencil, ruler.
- Decor. Here is your imagination. We advise you to use brick-like wallpaper to make the fireplace look like a real one. Polyurethane or foam moldings, stucco moldings will not interfere. You can use spray paint, gold, silver or other colors. We recommend using a glue gun for gluing stucco.
If you took one large box from under the TV, then the task is a little easier. You just need to cut a hole of the required size for the “firebox” of our false fireplace, bend the edges inward and secure the structure with tape.
If you are making a fireplace from several boxes, then you will need four to create the columns on the sides. Two more are for the top shelf. In general, the lower stand may not be made, but it will add naturalness and beauty to your New Year’s fireplace. It is best to fasten the boxes together with double-sided or ordinary tape. Although it can be glued, the tape can interfere with further staining.
As a result of all the manipulations with the box or boxes, you should have a base in the form of the letter “P”, unless, of course, you have made an additional stand. Now we start decorating. If you are going to paint the fireplace, then it is better to first glue white paper over the cardboard so that the paint lies evenly and the seams do not stand out. To get a really sturdy fireplace, you can cover the frame with an additional layer of cardboard. Including reinforcing the shelf with an additional layer of cardboard, on which you can put something without fear of bending.
For pasting with wallpaper under a brick, ordinary PVA glue is suitable. Be sure to watch the joints, they should be smooth and invisible. Bend the wallpaper carefully so that it does not wrinkle on the folds of the boxes. The moldings are attached around the fireplace portal and at the top of the shelf.
Important! It is especially chic if the false fireplace is pasted over with artificial bricks cut from ordinary foam, and not just wallpaper. This will make it look even more like the real one. True, you have to glue the bricks carefully, it will take more time, and after that you still have to carefully paint such a decor.
You can decorate a painted or papered cardboard fireplace as you like. Candles or garlands are usually placed inside to simulate a hearth. On the shelf you can place a pine or spruce branch, decorate it with toys. Many, according to the Western tradition, hang bright socks for gifts on the false fireplace. We assure you, everything is simple, no special costs and labor, but it will turn out beautifully, cute and New Year’s.