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DIY Faux Fireplace Wood Insert

DIY Faux Fireplace Wood Insert

Faux fireplace with wood slice insert and mirror
Written by Emily Irby

There’s nothing like a fireplace decked out with garlands, picture frames and scented candles, but many houses don’t have one. If that’s the case for you, adding a faux fireplace to your home is a great way to create that charm without installing a working fireplace. This wood insert is also a great option for working fireplaces, if you want to create a cohesive front and don’t need to use the fireplace itself for burning wood. Here are the steps you need to create the farmhouse fireplace you’ve always wanted.

Faux fireplace with tv on top
Image from The White Wood Home

What You’ll Need:

  • Round wood slices (40–100)
  • Cardboard or plywood
  • Black spray paint
  • Hot glue gun
Jenna holding her son in front of their Christmas tree and faux fireplace.
Homeowner Jenna Ratliff had a good practice run decorating her home for the holidays with one kid and with another on the way. She’s bound to be a certified professional this Christmas. Photograph by Nick McGinn.

What You’ll Do:

1. Source your wood slices, either from a craft store, online or by cutting them yourself. But if you make your own wood slices, allow them to sit out for several months so all the sap comes out before you start crafting with them.

2. Measure and cut the cardboard or plywood so it fits snugly into your fireplace.

3. Spray paint your cardboard black, using multiple coats if necessary for maximum coverage. Wait for it to dry completely.

Bedroom with faux fireplace in the corner
Image from House of Murphy

4. Arrange your wood slices in the design you want. Use pieces of varying size and color for the best overall look.

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The white Christmas home living room decorated with several snow-crusted pine trees and many pillows and blankets in a neutral color scheme.

5. Once you have your design, use the hot glue gun to secure the wood to the cardboard. When the glue has dried, secure the whole piece in the opening of your faux fireplace and enjoy your new rustic illusion.


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