7 Genius DIY Fireplace Ideas

No fireplace? No worries. You can still create a cozy faux fireplace and mantel to hang stockings and display your favorite Christmas decor.

Faux Fireplace Facade
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You don't need an actual fireplace to show off your festive spirit this year. (And believe us, Santa will figure out a way in.) Read on for ways to make your home look merry and bright, even if all you have to work with is one measly wall.

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Chalkboard on a Shelf

Chalkboard on a Shelf

If you already have a shelf in your living room, steal this idea from The Golden Sycamore: Clear it of everyday objects and add some seasonal décor, like greenery, pinecones, and candles.

You can hang stockings with string underneath the shelf. And like any mantel, you need some art above it—this gold-framed chalkboard brings festive sparkle to the space.

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Washi Tape

Washi Tape Mantel

This idea from The Glossy Life might be the easiest and quickest way to fake a mantel yet. With washi or painter's tape (they're both easy to remove), create a fireplace mantel design on an empty wall.

You can also make some "candlesticks" from washi tape for another whimsical accent. To finish, hang a mirror or piece of art above the "mantel" to ground the space.

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Woodland Themed Mantel

Kindra Keitel shows you how to take that beautiful branch you came across on your morning walk and put it on your wall with nails and twine. The tiny stars on the branch aren't too overwhelming, but their metallic finish adds festive sparkle. The floating shelf below is covered in feathers and moss, with garlands strung from the ends.

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Console Table

Console Table Mantel

Dress up the console table in your entryway or living room and use that as your "mantel" like Honey We're Home did here. Topped with fake snow, lanterns, ornaments, and a mini tree, it's the perfect spot to go all out with your Christmas décor. There's a mini bar area below with bubbly drinks and storage space for seasonal pillows.

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Bookshelf Mantel

For this idea from Girl Loves Glam, clear out a small bookshelf in your house and make it your holiday "mantel" for the season. Arrange accents like ornaments, pinecones, snowflakes, and picture frames on the shelves; then hang a wreath over the bookshelf. You can also hang garlands or stockings.

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Faux Fireplace Façade

Faux Fireplace Facade

If you're not afraid of a little bit of woodworking, A Beautiful Mess shows you how to create a façade with wood and colorful paint. Plus, it doesn't have to be temporary—you can keep this display up year-round and decorate according to season or holiday.

Stack wood in the middle of the "fireplace" and decorate with your favorite accents. Here, a DIY snowflake marquee is the centerpiece with some smaller festive pieces around it.

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Fabric Mantel

Take your favorite festive fabric and create a "mantel" on your wall like Brit+Co does here. Then the season's over, remove it from the wall and pack it up for next year. Cut a rectangle mantel shape out of the patterned fabric, outline the "mantel" with a thin strip of solid-colored fabric, and add embellishments like stockings to complete the look.

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