Back in 2011 I made my first stone fireplace and that was for my homemade castle. It is a corner piece and
it is also big enough to fit my little Santa Claus inside, so on Christmas Eve you can see his boots dangling in there! I put a little x-mas video together and at the end of that video you'll see Santa's boots just coming down the fireplace.
Now I'm making a Gnome home out of a coffee can and for this one I used the same method as I did for the castle but this one sits up against the can wall and not in the corner. I needed this one to have retaining walls so it wouldn't sit flat against the wall. I used an empty box and cut it down to size but you could also cut a piece of poster board and fold the sides in. It also needs to be covered with paint or something dark so if there are any gaps in your stones you won't see the light colored background. I covered the entire surface with a piece of dark craft felt, just hot glued it in place and that works great!
small box made of thin cardboard or just use poster board
dark piece of felt or dark craft paint
piece of wood for the mantel piece
air drying clay but you can use stones for this part too.
bowl of cold water
The mantel piece can be made from anything you choose and there's many ways you could do the mantel. Use google to give you ideas.. type in "stone fireplace mantel" and click on images, there's bunches of ideas there. For the one in the castle I actually used a long flat stone which is awesome! For this fireplace I used a piece of balsa wood. If you don't have any balsa on hand consider coffee stir sticks or popsicle sticks. Hot glue them in place and you can give that a coat of minwax (I used golden oak) and/or linseed oil. If you don't have minwax or linseed oil on hand consider *rubbing* on a watered down brown acrylic paint then cover that with a clear coat of nail polish.. Remember to always test colors on a spare piece of the wood you're using first so you'll know how it'll look. Have the mantel overlap the top edge a bit so the stones fit nicely under it.
I did sort through my pile a head of time to find the small, flatter stones.
Now the picture below does not accurately show how I glued them on.. I just loosely placed these ones for the picture but for the ones I did glue in place I made sure to have the stones just overlap the inside and outside edges of the sides so you don't see any felt or board underneath. I did NOT overlap the top or bottom edges of course as the fireplace needs to sit flat on the floor.
The floor piece inside the fireplace is a piece of air drying clay I got from the dollar store and I just squished it in place and left it to dry. I did paint parts of it later to look like black soot, I also did the same to the back wall so it now looks well used. For the castle I made a stone floor which looks great too.
Ok so for the chimney I cut a piece of poster board.. If you do this part and you want it wider at the bottom like I did mine just size up the piece you'll need then fold it in half and cut out the shape you want. That way you'll get symmetrical sides. I thought of this after much frustration of trying to get sides that matched, haha.
Do all the same steps for the front piece that sits on the floor in front of the fireplace, then hotglue that in place.
Easy stuff hey?!
Ant that's it! A cozy stone fireplace.. hope you enjoyed this tutorial and hope it gave you some ideas on how to build your own. Until next time, keep dreaming and building!!