Keep Cozy With a DIY Log Cut Fireplace Filler
Block out that unused nonfunctional fireplace with this cozy and simple fireplace filler. Using budget friendly backyard branches you can create your own filler customized for your space. The perfect piece to set the mood for fall!
What You'll Need:
- Tree branches in various diameters
- Piece of plywood cut to size for your fireplace
- Black paint
- Paint brush
- Wood glue
- Band saw
- Lacquer or wood finish
Step 1: Gather foraged branches in various sizes and diameters from the backyard and cut them into thin cuts with a saw. Cut up as many as you can to have options when putting together the board.
Step 2: Have your local hardware store cut a piece of wood down to specified dimensions for your fireplace front. Sand the edges of the plywood and paint the wood piece black. Let dry.
Step 3: Once the paint on your board is dry and your log pieces are cut, pull out the pieces to arrange on the board. Lie the board flat, face up and work on your arrangement.
Step 4: Once the pattern of wood pieces is in place, glue them down with wood glue applied to the back of each circular cut. Glue all the pieces down and let dry. Sand off any rough edges or hanging bark from the cuts.
Step 5: Lastly, blow off the sawdust from the wood cuts and board. Spray or paint with lacquer or whatever desired finish. Let dry.
Once the piece is complete, push into the opening in your fireplace. The wood should fit snuggly (as long as you measured well!). If the piece doesn't fit well enough, either sand down the bottom of the board (if it's too big), or add another piece of wood cut in a triangular piece to use as a stand in the back. Glue that piece to the board to keep it standing up straight.
Style your mantle, add some greenery or a basket with a few plaid blankets to set the mood!