Dollar Store Vintage Christmas Fireplace DIY

by Crafty Lumberjacks

We knew we wanted to try to recreate our favorite vintage cardboard fireplace this year but we’re kicking ourselves for not documenting our process better. Sometimes we just get into that crafty zone!

We found a metal shelf in our neighbors trash and knew it would be a perfect starting point.


All the materials were bought from the dollar store…except for the La Croix, which we used as the base of the fireplace and to add some height. We’ll get our La Croix kick after the holidays!

We used foam board and painters tape to create the frame of the fireplace around the shelf. Then wrapped the frame with brick paper and hot glued it down.


The chimney was build with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.


He’ll be coming down the chimney, down.


The fire is our first animated decoration we’ve ever made! The flames are made out of cardstock and attached to solar panel rockers.

It’s all lit by a hue light from inside! 


The fire IS so delightful!


Julie December 17, 2017 - 3:02 pm

Woah, That is so much fun. The axes with the ribbon is just perfect for you two. Love it!

Crafty Lumberjacks January 1, 2018 - 8:14 pm

Julie! Thank you so much! Hope you’re having a happy new year!

AnnaMarie December 19, 2017 - 2:34 pm

What are solar panel rockers?? What would they be with in the dollar store???thank you!,!!

Crafty Lumberjacks January 1, 2018 - 8:13 pm

Hi Anna Marie! The solar panel rockers were sent to us by a follower, we are not exactly sure what they are called. Still trying to find info on it! We will post more when we find out the details! Wish we could be more helpful! Happy 2018!

Kathy A December 24, 2017 - 1:48 am

This fireplace is adorable. One suggestion; be on the lookout for rollsof yellow/gold/orange/red cellophane used to wrap Easter or gift baskets and add some more "flames" to your fire. As a dollhouse lover, I have made "coal" fires with black aquarium gravel, partially painted gray and added red and copper fine glitter and cellophane to imitate glowing coals and flames; cute and inexpensive (in doll house scale, the cellophane from a butterscotch hard candy works!).

Crafty Lumberjacks January 1, 2018 - 8:12 pm

Kathy! What a great idea!! We will start planning for next year!! Hope you’re having a great start of the new year!

Erlene December 24, 2017 - 12:59 pm

What the what?! This is amazeballs!

taran November 22, 2018 - 9:05 pm

how did you you guys build the fire and logs?


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