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Easy Mantel Idea: Colorful Paper Tree Forest

by Faith Provencher
Easy Mantel Idea: Colorful Paper Tree Forest | By Curbly #diy #paper #christmas
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Ever since I built a mantel a couple of years ago, I'm always on the hunt for fun new ways to decorate it. So as I browsed the paper aisle at my local craft store, it hit me - a folded paper tree forest! I'm a big fan of non-traditional colors, so I bought a few of my favorites and got to work. Click through to check out the full tutorial.   

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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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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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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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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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How to make brick look like brick again.

by DIY Maven

How to make brick look like brick again.
In Curblyland, we usually see people paint over brick, but Pretty Handy Girl wanted to do just the opposite. She decided to re-brick-a-fy her painted fireplace. The outcome is rather remarkable, considering she used just paint to get the brick effect. BUT, before the 'after', here are the materials she used:

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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

How To: Tile Over a Brick Fireplace

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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