It wouldn’t be Christmas in the northern hemisphere without a cozy fire burning in the fireplace… but since not every home has a fireplace these days, it’s okay to fake it so you’ve got a place to hang your stocking! Fireplaces are cozy focal points in a home. It’s where family gathers, where you add style and decor, where memories are made. If you don’t have a wood burning fireplace in your home, you can still get the look and feel with a faux fireplace or mantel build. Adding a gas or electric fireplace insert is a great idea when a wood-burning counterpart isn’t an option. Building your own fireplace surround will customize the style and look you’re going for and add great presence. If your options are even more limited, a faux mantel can bring you that homey vibe as well. Here are 20+ gorgeous DIY faux fireplaces and mantels that’ll give you visions of roasting marshmallows and curling up with a cozy blanket.
20 DIY Faux Fireplaces and Mantels
Faux Fireplaces You Can Build
Electric Fireplace Surround, Hearth and Mantel // Addicted 2 Decorating
The surround and floor-level heart is real tile, and the rest is wood. Check out how she made the faux bricks for the interior of the firebox!
Removable (MOVEable) Electric Fireplace // Say Not Sweet Anne
A great option if you don’t want something permanent – if you’re renting or want the ability to move the fireplace out of the way in warm months. Even the tile not adhered to the floor – you’ve got to see their solution for this hearth area.
Ventless Gas Log Fireplace Surround // The White Buffalo Styling Co.
Here’s a beautiful built in option for something more permanent. Make a statement by framing out a “chimney” area, finishing it with trim, then tiling the surround and hearth. This feature looks like it came with the house, but it’s an addition!
Faux Fireplace Built-In with Concrete Hearth and Wood Slice Firebox // Remodelaholic
Faux Fireplace with Hidden Storage // Woodshop Diaries
This cozy little fireplace was built specifically for the TV atop it! There are multiple hidden storage compartments for different AV components.
“Hide and Seek” Faux Fireplaces // Apartment Therapy
A genius way to hide flatscreen TV’s or unsightly but necessary functional pieces of your house, i.e. vents, radiators, cords/plugs, etc.
Portable Faux Fireplace with Hearth and Faux Brick Firebox // Make It and Love It
Amazingly, this fireplace is actually moveable. With all the details and the substantial hearth area, it looks built in, but you can pack it away or put it in a different room if you want to.
Faux Fireplace with Faux Vintage Brick Firebox // Woodshop Diaries
This cute little fireplace looks very vintage and cozy. It’s free standing, so it can be a temporary piece, and it’s fairly compact, so it can fit in smaller spaces like a bedroom.
Faux Fireplace with Mirrored Faux Tin Tile Firebox // A Cultivated Nest
Here, a free standing mantle was turned into a faux fireplace with some additions – deepening the whole thing, adding a firebox and a hearth. The firebox is finished with faux tin tile and a mirror, a unique touch.
Pallet Wood Fireplace // Noni’s House
This fireplace was built around an electric insert, and was made to be removable. It’s made out of pallets!
Built-In Fireplace and Hearth // Remodelaholic
This built in fireplace has a deep hearth and great mantel for decorating, and the storage around it was built in to match.
Just add an electric fireplace… or not! These DIY mantels will add character and dimension to a room, as well as give you a beautiful place to decorate and hang a Christmas stocking. If a mantel isn’t in your plans, you can also use one of these mantel alternatives.
Freestanding Mantel on Chalkboard Background // A Bowl Full Of Lemons
Add a unique, vintage feeling to any room with a simple mantel leaning against an eye-catching background.
Freestanding Mantel and Chair Vignette // Grand Design Co.
Use your faux mantel in a distinct way – such as a small seating area. Since it’s obvious there’s no fireplace behind it, you may as well highlight that fact.
Wood Faux Mantel with Wood Herringbone // Make and Do Studio
Or, draw attention to your faux mantel with a shallow but engaging firebox visual, like this wood herringbone.
Trestle-Table-As-Mantel // Creek Line House
Your faux mantel can be as simple as a tall trestle table staged as a fireplace! In a small and simple area of your home, the small and simple faux mantel is best.
Mantel Cabinet // The Happy Housie
A dated glass hutch is turned into a useful mantel cabinet – there’s no fireplace here, but the functionality and beauty of the mantel is undeniable.
Mantel Shelf // Shabby FuFu
Here’s an antique mantel turned shelf. The wooden fireplace screen is used despite the absence of a firebox, to draw the eye and add detail.
Bookshelf Mantel // BHG
Turn a DIY faux mantel into a bookshelf! Added storage with a beautiful spot to decorate.
Faux Vintage Mantel and Planked Wood Surround // The Lettered Cottage
This entire surround and mantel is built over an existing fireplace. So thought the gas fireplace behind it is very real, the mantel and surround are not. This would be just as pretty built against a plain wall as well.
Distressed Vintage Mantel with Window Inset // Junk Chic Cottage
Hang a vintage window from a salvaged mantel to create an attractive vignette you can change for the seasons.
Extra Thin Faux Mantel with Turned Legs and Wood Slice Insert // Prodigal Pieces
This mantel place was built on a patio, but could work inside as well. It’s extra shallow, so it doesn’t take up much space depth-wise, and the wood slice insert is pretty stunning.
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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin’ and Instagram.