Make Your Own Cheesy Recycled Fireplace


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Step One: Cut a Hole in a Box

You too can have a recycled fireplace
You too can have a recycled fireplace

One thing about business cards-they tend to get old quickly. Maybe your office moves or you change jobs, or in some cases a small typo ruins the whole batch. What to do with your old business cards? Never fear- with a bit of creative energy, you can reuse and repurpose them. It’s true since they are made of paper, they can be placed in a recycling bin, but why not give them a second life with a crafty recycling project idea?

Brighten Up Your Evenings

If you live in an apartment, or your house doesn’t have a fireplace, make one! With some simple household items, you can transform your television into a cozy hearth. This is a good idea for a kid’s room too, if they have their own small TV. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about the safety issues or maintenance that come with a real fireplace. What you’ll need:

  • Old business cards
  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Red acrylic paint and paintbrush
  • Glue stick or glue gun
  • DVD of a fireplace

Step 1: Find a box large enough to fit around your television. You may have to work at it a bit, adjusting the sides of the box, and overlap the top folds to keep it upright and together. Packing tape and a craft knife will come in handy here.

Step 2: Once you have the box in place around your television, measure and cut out the front square, overlapping the real screen by about one inch.

Old business cards about to get a makeover.
Old business cards about to get a makeover.

Step 3: Paint one side of your old business cards (100% post-consumer content index cards would also work nicely).

Color variation will make the end product look more realistic.

Step 4: Glue the “bricks” onto your box. I rounded the corners of my “bricks” once they were dry. Since the glue stick alone wasn’t strong enough, I busted out a glue gun. See what works for you.

Step 5: Throw in a fireplace DVD and enjoy the cheesy glow. You can add a cardboard “mantle” as well.

Enjoy your recycled fireplace, no wood required!

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