Woman Creates Own Fireplace For Just £2 So Her Kids Can Hang Stockings This Christmas
A Chester-based mum has built her own fireplace for £2 after realising she didn't have anywhere to hang her daughters' Christmas stockings.
The keen craft maker spent three nights and a mere £2 making her own temporary fireplace, which has attracted many compliments for how amazing it looks.
The fireplace is made from cardboard, a piece of wood and brick effect wrapping paper which she found in her house and only had to spend £2 buying the glue that holds it all together, which her daughters Jess, eight, and Poppy, four, absolutely love.
Danielle said: "We didn't have a fireplace to hang the stockings up and my daughters really wanted to have stockings this year."
"I had seen a few ideas online and took inspiration from, but I love crafts anyway, so it seemed like a no brainer to make my own.
"The sides are made from old Christmas tree boxes and a third for the mantle piece, then I got a piece of old wood and used it as the base," she continued.
"I used a glue gun to assemble it all, I went through a whole pack of glue, but it was needed because the fireplace needs to stay up until Christmas day."
Adding: "The girls absolutely love it, it was just a nice bit of fun to get them in the mood for the big day.
"I think they were worried that Santa wouldn't be able to get down the chimney this year, but they're reassured now that he'll be able to pop down and deliver their presents this year.
"I posted it in a group on Facebook and hilariously had comments saying I had laid the bricks wonky, so I had to politely let them know it was wrapping paper."
The thrifty mum shared the pictures online and they racked up thousands of likes and comments from people impressed with how real the fireplace looks.
She did however get a couple of worried parents comment on the air filter behind the "fireplace" and claimed she would get carbon monoxide poisoning because it was covered up.
Danielle said: "There are holes poked in the cardboard just to reassure anyone who thought we may end up being poisoned."
"It was much cheaper than buying a fireplace, so I think we'll do the same again next year!"
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