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How To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel from Scratch!

by Faith Provencher
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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How to: Make DIY Fire Starters from Pine Cones

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make DIY Fire Starters from Pine Cones

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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Make a Mini S'mores Grill.

by Chris Gardner

S'mores from the microwave are convenient, but just don't offer that toasty goodness of the open flame. Instructable-r JWilson27 offers a step-by-step to create a mini, safe grill/firepit for inside s'moring....

Make a Mini S'mores Grill.

Materials:

(1) Cedar Plank
(4) Bolts - 1/4 inch and 2 and 1/2 inches tall
(4) Nuts - 1/4 inch
(4) Optional washers for the bolts
(1) 2.5oz Stainless Steel Condiment Cup
(1) Box of cheap toothpick

For the s'mores
(1) Box of...

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How To Remove Soot and Smoke Stains From Your Fireplace.

by Chris Gardner

The winter time is the right time for nestling besides the glow from your fireplace. Unfortunately, the escape of smoke can often leave deposits on the stones or bricks on your hearth, To clean them, simply dissolve Tri-Sodium Phosphate (TSP) into a bucket of water, following the directions on the package, then scrub it down with a firm-bristled brush. Repeat as necessary, then rinse.

How To Remove Soot and Smoke Stains From Your Fireplace.
Photo from susanjablonmosaics.com

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"Auto-Off" Candle?

by DIY Maven

"Auto-Off" Candle?

According to the US Fire Administration, $390 million dollars is lost every year to home fires started by unattended or unsupervised candles. The Candlewatch just might prevent such fires.

The Candlewatch is the brain child of Ohio resident Greg Hart. The device is an automatic candle snuffer that pops on the top of any jar-type candle. Set the built-in timer and the lid closes to extinguish the flame. Clever, huh?

The Candlewatch is available...

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