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DIY Faux Fireplace Ideas for Christmas

How to Make a Faux Fireplace

In our home we have a gas fireplace that I really enjoy decorating for each season. I had no fireplace for 20 plus years and regret that I never thought of making a faux fireplace.  Faux fireplaces look simple to put together and are with a great tutorial.    Once built you will have a mantel and can decorate the inside with candles, lights, wood, or a Christmas scene.

The best part of faux fireplaces is you don’t need to put in piping or a chimney,  you built the pretty front as a decor item and for as little as we use our fireplace a faux one would serve us just as well.

This is my decorated mantel from last year’s Christmas Home Tour.  I love the sparkle.

jHow to make a DIY faux fireplace. This white fireplace is perfect for Christmas decorating or fall decor.

Faux Fireplace Tutorials

As you can imagine faux fireplaces come in all types of shapes, styles and sizes.  For this collection I chose posts with various styles but made sure each one came with a complete tutorial.  It is my sincere hope that if you have been dreaming of a mantel for this Christmas that you build yourself one.

The Ana White blog is my go to resource for DIY construction plans.

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Faux Fireplace with Hidden Storage Cabinets – Ana White

This fireplace is so bright and the moulding detail is beautiful.    Its adds coziness to the room and you can see how lovely the mantel is to decorate.  It’s perfection in my opinion.

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Faux Fireplace with Hearth by Makeit-Loveit

This next fireplace is traditional with the moulding   It has 45-degree corners on the moulding so it will take some cutting skills and patience to fit the moulding, but oh so worth it.

A DIY faux fireplace and mantel, that is perfect for fall or Christmas decorating.

The making of a Faux Fireplace by Woodshopdiaries


Storage is always a wonderful thing.  Imagine having these drawers to store the different seasonal decor for the mantel so handy.

Shiplap Faux Fireplace by Handmade Haven

This fireplace has such nice clean lines.  The front wide portion is so clear and is begging for a banner.

How to make a faux fireplace for fall or Christmas decorating

DIY Mantel by Blue Roof Cabin

This fireplace was created for $100, how amazing is that.  It’s more modern than the other examples and I love how tall it is.

Modern shiplap DIY fireplace and mantel, perfect for Christmas decorating or Fall decorating.

Faux Shiplap Fireplace by Deeply Southern Home

It’s really hard to believe that this fireplace isn’t real brick.  The way it was built is ingenious,


DIY faux fireplace made with faux brick and white moudling. Perfect for Christmas or fall decor.

DIY Fake Brick Fireplace by Woodshopdiaries


This last faux fireplace is the largest.  I love how it goes right to the ceiling,  Its the largest of the collection and in my opinion the most realistic looking.


DIY Faux fireplace in white with a mantel. Very pretty for fall decorating or Christmas decor.

DIY Faux Fireplace by Blesserhouse

Make a Faux Fireplace as a Christmas Project

This time of year is busy but so is most of the year.  Taking on a project is daunting in October but having a mantel and candles or lights in wood would be so wonderful for Christmas and winter season.

Let me know if I have tempted you to create one of your own.  I certainly hope so.



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  1. Some great looking faux fireplace.
    You have come up with an awesome roundup.

    Thanks for this cool share. 🙂

  2. What a great round-up! I really enjoyed seeing all the creativity that others have come up with. I am so grateful to have a fireplace and mantel. We don’t use the fireplace, which is why I fill it with candles, but I truly appreciate having a mantel, and being able to dress it up whenever the mood strikes!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      So true Kristine. My two favorite parts of my home is the mantel and the front porch. The working fireplace is secondary.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I had not though of one when I needed one. I thought sharing a roundup may inspire some people to make one for the holidays. Glad to hear it inspired you.

  3. I’ve been dreaming of a faux fireplace mantel to decorate for the longest time! I have a real fireplace, but it’s not functioning and doesn’t have a mantel and is in such an awkward angle that it’s impossible to put a mantel. The struggle is real, lol.. just kidding. I’m glad to see your ideas here, such beautiful mantels Leanna! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I think I know of the type of fireplace your referring to. My son had one but of course he didn’t care about a pretty mantel, he just thought it was perfection for his big ole flatscreen TV.

  4. These are stunning! I am slowly trying to redecorate my house in this farmhouse theme, and these are great inspirations!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you very much for commenting. I think anyone of these is easily achievable especially given the tutorials for guidance.

  5. I have a fireplace that is used once a year if that. The faux fireplaces are so lovely it makes me wonder why I thought I needed the real thing. The last two that you showed are very realistic.

  6. These ideas are so cute! I’ve never thought about making a faux fireplace, but I can see why someone would want to now! Hope you are having a good week Leanna!

  7. You have rounded up some beautiful ideas here Leanna! I so miss having a wood burning fireplace, we had one in two different houses over the course of ten years and now it feels awkward.. Maybe I should style a faux one, at least of the holidays so we can hang our stockings there instead of the stocking post I made two years ago:) Quite a bit of inspiration in this post:)

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Milena. I lived in various apartments and duplexes while raising the boys. I never much missed the fireplace so much as the mantel. I wish I had thought of this in those days. I tried to find a variety to please most people.

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