Faux Fireplace Logs

Amanda C, Hometalk Team
by Amanda C, Hometalk Team
5 Materials
2 Hours
I must admit that I am sorta jealous of anyone with a cozy fireplace! I love how they look, even when they aren't being used. I will most likely be making a full blown fake version sometime in the near future, but in the meantime these fake fireplace logs with a temporary, moveable, place-it-anywhere setup will carry me through the holidays. All it takes is a couple of spade drilled logs, some tea lights, and garland to create a super festive faux fireplace in any room of the house!
Supplies for the DIY project

-Birch Logs

-Fireplace Grate

-Garland / Christmas Decor

-Black Board

-1.5" Spade Bit

-Tea Lights

-Push Pins
Measuring and marking the tea lights
STEP 1: Measure and Mark the Tea Lights

Decide how many tea lights you are going to put in each log. Then measure and mark evenly on the log, so the tea lights are distributed properly.
Drilling holes in the wood
STEP 2: Drill Holes Into The Wood

Take a 1.5" spade bit and drill holes into each of the marks that you made in step 1 until they are deep enough to fit a tea light into.
Placing tea lights in the holes
STEP 3: Place Your Tea Lights

Place your tea lights into the slots you just created. I used battery powered ones, so there is no need to be concerned about a fire.
Making a faux fireplace
STEP 4: Make Your Background

Place a black foam board against an empty space in your house.
Adding a Christmas garland around the board
STEP 5: Add Some Greenery

Surround the board with some Christmas garland and other greenery that you like.
Adding ornaments
STEP 6: Add Some hanging Ornaments

You can add some hanging ornaments into the black board or even write a fun message in a metallic marker!
Placing the fireplace grate
STEP 7: Place Your Fireplace Grate

Center your fireplace grate in front of the garland trimmed board.
Pilling the fake logs
STEP 8: Add Your Fake Logs

Now simply load up your fake logs (with some unaltered logs underneath).
Lighting the tea lights
STEP 9: Light Up Your Tea Lights

Now just turn on or light your tea lights and enjoy a cozy looking temporary fireplace!
Faux fireplace logs
This has really got me inspired to build a more permanent faux fireplace in my house... I think I foresee that in the near future!!!
Faux fireplace logs with candles
I think I am going to give this set of light up logs to a friend who has an old closed off fireplace. Of course hers is more epic than this faux version, but I must say this is pretty cozy for those of us who don't have a fireplace.
Suggested materials:
  • Birch Logs   (Fairway)
  • Tea Lights   (Dollar Tree)
  • Foam Black Board   (Dollar Tree)
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  • Jill Ron Pike Jill Ron Pike on Dec 09, 2018

    Did you also make the oh-so-cute star ornaments? I love the entire look!

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