One of the things I miss most during the winter time living in our little apartment is a fireplace. I grew up with one, and there is nothing like that cozy glow on a winter night.
But this year while moving some stuff around in our storage space I found three boxes of candles and hurricane vases left over from our wedding and I suddenly had a GREAT IDEA!
I cleared some floor space in front of our tree (also incidentally in front of the radiator which I figured would give that nice heat illusion).
Then I arranged the candles and vases in staggered height formation. It looked ok, but not great. Just like candles sitting on the ground.
That’s when it occurred to me – fire wood! The idea of scattered sticks between the vases. Luckily, I happened to have a bunch of large branches left over from Halloween.
I started by cutting them down to size.
I went for about 9-12 inches long. I cut some down entirely into clean branches, and some I left with smaller branches attached.
Then I decided to punch them up a notch and spray paint them gold!
And suddenly this weird little project became amazing!
I brought them into the house and arranged them around and between the vases.
I arranged a few around the outside to encircle them all and close in my “fire place.”
Final step: Light candles!
I probably won’t kept the up all year around, but it is is a fun touch during the winter/ Christmas season at least.