We don't have a fireplace in our house. In fact, since marrying we have not. For some reason, this year it occurred to me that we could try our hand at making a hearth for ourselves. Here's how it went and how it turned out.
- three strips of paper from a white paper roll, measured and taped together to fit the space where you'll hang your final product
- acrylic paint
- paint brushes
- a couple of kids to help
Originally I'd planned to do a nice wooden frame fireplace, but as a poor artist I was unsure how to give it any perspective. Using a Google image search, I found lots of pictures of stone fireplaces - perfect for this immature artist! I sketched out the stones and Elizabeth (age 7.5) drew in the fire. Then we painted. To get Brian (age 3.5) in on the action, I painted black outlines on the stones so he knew where to paint in with grey ... more or less ... he is only three! Brian and I worked on that (I filled in stones with him after finishing every several outlines) while Elizabeth painted the logs and fire.
The finished product turned out even better than I could have imagined.
I repainted some stone outlines that had been somewhat painted over, to clean it up a bit.
Our new mantel, taped up on the front of a bookcase.
And the fully completed project with stockings and tree!