One of the trials of renting is feeling like your house doesn’t measure up to what you’d like it to architecturally. Not having a fireplace or mantel this time of year can be a huge bummer if you’d like one. Until now! Make this DIY fireplace for your winter month coziness and pack it up right along with you at moving time next year.

Make this movable fireplace by using; firewood, an electric fireplace, 1 3 x 5 sheet of 1/2 inch Hardieboard and 6 concrete screws. You will also need a utility knife, a drill, measuring tape, and a straight edge to put it together.

My fireplace does emit very low levels of heat, but some do not.  To protect the fireplace and the wood from any heat, create a box around the fireplace with the hardieboard first. It is flame retardant. Typically you cut the hardieboard with a circular saw and a masonry blade, but in an effort to keep it simple, you can cut yours by scoring it with a utility knife. It is a little more time consuming, but easier nonetheless. Cut three pieces of the boards and screw them together with concrete screws. Then simply stack all the wood around the fireplace. Hang a shelf above for a mantel to fill with holiday decor.

Project by Kelly Edwards for A Subtle Revelry issue two.