How To “Faux” A Cozy Winter Fire!

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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!

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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.

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I started by cutting them down to size.

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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!

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And suddenly this weird little project became amazing!

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I brought them into the house and arranged them around and between the vases.

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I started with the bigger ones and then used the smaller ones on top.
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As you can see, it started a simple criss-cross pattern. Then the branches with diverging smaller branches added in some more randomness.
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I arranged a few around the outside to encircle them all and close in my “fire place.”

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Final step: Light candles!

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After turn off the lights! We let them burn while we watched a movie and ate dinner. And I have to say- it felt like having a fire on the fireplace.
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I probably won’t kept the up all year around, but it is is a fun touch during the winter/ Christmas season at least.

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