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Charming Paper Flowers for Your Spring Mantel Decor

by Faith Towers

Curbly Original: Charming Paper Flower Easter Mantel

Photo: Faith Towers

Now that springtime has officially arrived, that means that those of us who celebrate Easter are probably starting to think about decorating our homes for the holiday. My mantel has been empty since I removed my winter décor, so it was begging for some festive embellishments. So I whipped up a few paper flowers to add some beautiful pastels to the room. Click through to find out how to make your own paper flower Easter...

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Make It: Faux Fireplace With Cardboard & Paper

by Lexy Ward
Make It: Faux Fireplace With Cardboard & Paper
Photo: Damask Love

After 8 years of marriage, this is the first holiday season that we have a mantel to decorate. Before then, my heart would just ache every time December rolled around and I didn't have anything resembling a fireplace to display my most cherished holiday items. If you're in the same boat, why not try your hand at creating a faux fireplace like this one! It's totally temporary and totally fun! 

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How To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel from Scratch!

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

I recently tackled a big project for my dining room - a DIY wooden mantel - and today, I'm pretty excited to share the process with you. If you have a fireplace without much character like mine used to be, this project might be the perfect solution for you. And let me be clear ... I only have basic woodworking know-how, so this is feasible for anybody with a bit of crafty know-how and a willingness to try. Click through to check out the new mantel and to find out how to make one yourself.   

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An Old House Fireplace Gets a Makeover

by Jennifer Farley

Fireplace Mantel Makeover

This is my master bedroom the day we moved into my house. I'm sure you're wondering why we changed anything. The matted down shag carpet was a real stunner, and the house also came with a carpet rake. I am serious...it really did. Anyway, this room along with three other bedrooms got a complete overhaul. Today I want to focus in on the fireplace makeover. There were many great elements of this fireplace but so much of what was wrong was proportion.... then of course, everything surrounding it needed to be changed. Here's the transformation.   

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Roundup: 10 Fun Ways To Decorate A Non-Working Fireplace

I see these all the time around Boston: beautiful fireplaces that don't work. Maybe your landlord doesn't allow it, or maybe there's a fire safety issue. Or perhaps yours does work, but you're just looking for a decorative idea for the warmer months. Whatever the case may be, there are lots of fun ways to decorate this coveted area of your home. Here goes.  

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How to: Make DIY Fire Starters from Pine Cones

by Chris Gardner

Ahh...to have a fireplace. Urban apartment dweller that I am, I haven't such luxuries, but if I did, I'd be making these by the dozens.

Curbly reader Rachael came up with these very cool DIY fire Starters using found pine cones, soy wax, and (optional) essential oils. Since they're easy to make in bulk, they'd make great gifts, and should be easy enough to keep around until camping season.

  

The Tuesday Post: Pine Cone Fire Starters

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Cupola Fireplace

by DIY Maven

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Here's another one of those fabulous fireplaces that cause so much kerfuffle in Curbly comments. The problem is it burns ethanol, which can be bad if you, you know, breathe oxygen. (At least that's what commenters have told me.) The Cupola, from Vauni, appears as if it is a burning wall-mounted art piece. At 59 pounds, it weighs about as much as a 55" flat screen TV. What I'm wondering

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How To: Tile Over a Brick Fireplace

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 2009-10-07

Photo Image: Susan Jablon Mosaics

A designer friend once told me that our brick fireplace with its' expansive raised hearth and built in bookshelves was "just too much for the room."  I decided I liked it and bid her adieu.  However, after I got a load of these artsy new tiles, I may have to rethink this.  It is getting chilly and that fireplace will soon be blazing for long cozy nights of t.v., entertaining, snuggling and reading.  Hmmmm......

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Tiki Fireplace Anyone?

by DIY Maven

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A chunk of foam, chicken wire, cement, paint, fire ring, smoke machine and red, glowing eyes and you've got yourself a tiki fireplace. Most likely the actual fireplace was an existing one. Its wall looks as if it has been refinished/skim-coated/veneered to give it a Polynesian look.

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Virtual Fireplace, in Blu-ray

by DIY Maven

Several years ago, a local television station started airing the ‘Yule Log.’ Basically, it’s a loop of burning logs in a fire accompanied with Christmas tunes. It has become a tradition in many households, even ones with fireplaces like mine, to tune into 'the log’. As a matter of fact, it’s ratings often top the charts. If you don’t have a ‘Yule Log’ station, here’s the perfect answer: HDScape’s Fireplace, which is a crackling fire sans the...

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