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Simple & Rustic Spring Fireplace with DIY Banner

Can you believe that we’re in our last week of February already? Crazy, right? Well, good crazy, I think! That means Spring isn’t that far away…. so why not start with the deco already! I have! Today I’ll be showing you my simple & rustic Spring fireplace with DIY banner .Simple & Rustic Spring Fireplace with DIY banner/kreativk.net

We don’t use our fireplace as one, it’s not closed up & it’s old, so… well…it’s just there. I know what you might be thinking….it’s ok, I’m with ya, it’s ugly! I’ve cleaned and scrubbed those bricks and I’m done with them! They do look rustic and I like that, but the fireplace itself is plain ugly I think! It doesn’t even have a mantel. I’ve been looking for faux mantels, to just stick against the wall above it, but the angles are really odd and I just haven’t found anything that would look nice and that doesn’t cost me my life. We are renting this house, you know, so I won’t be doing anything major with this. Unless I find a real easy, affordable and if possible, not including power tools DIY project for a mantel ( and I don’t know if that’s even real to think, that that might exist, but ya never know, right?) I won’t be bothering any more about this so called fireplace! So, up until then, I’ll be making it look as pretty as possible with what I have and be done with it! 

The other day I made two of these very easy book page “spring” banners and I think it looks kinda cute over the “fireplace”… I cut out book pages, punched holes on the left & right sides and wrote “spring” on them. I first went into picmonkey and looked up my favourite font and printed it out. Then I just copied the words onto the book pages. You could always use this easy method, if you’re not comfortable just copying the letters. 

After, I used thin golden wire and hung them up! 

Simple & Rustic Spring Fireplace with DIY banner/kreativk.net

The other “spring” banner hangs in my kitchen with the big chalkboard… here’s a glimpse….I’ll be sharing more of my kitchen soon. I really like how it looks against the dark chalkboard.

Simple & Rustic Spring Fireplace with DIY banner/kreativk.net

But back to the “fireplace”! 

I used an old, chipped crate as a background ( also to hide the ugly black bricks in the back)…

Next, I placed my two Ikea lanterns in the front and two mason jars with fake willow catkins inside. I don’t find the real ones here, I’d love to though!

Simple & Rustic Spring Fireplace with DIY banner/kreativk.net


Simple & Rustic Spring Fireplace with DIY banner/kreativk.net


Simple & Rustic Spring Fireplace with DIY banner/kreativk.net


Simple & Rustic Spring Fireplace with DIY banner/kreativk.net


Simple & Rustic Spring Fireplace with DIY banner/kreativk.net


Simple & Rustic Spring Fireplace with DIY banner/kreativk.net

And that’s my prettied up “fireplace” friends! What do ya think!!!??? Any ideas on an easy faux mantel? I’m all ears! Let me know!

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  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    01/03/2016 at 16:19

    Girl, you are such a great free-hand doodler, your letters look as if they are stenciled on, that is a talent, one I will that I had! I can’t seem to make my hand follow what my eye sees, those two are always at a bit of a war with each other, my hands and eyes! I love that you used a book page to make these with, and the fact that they are written in a foreign language, at least to me, make them even more cool and interesting! I love your home and what you’ve done with it, it’s so clean and fresh! Who cares about the mantle, this is a gorgeous non-fireplace!

    • Katrin
      01/03/2016 at 16:44

      Hahaha, you just made my day Nikki! You’re right, who cares about the mantel for the non-fireplace, lol!! I actually think I like this quite a bit now and for the doodling, that’s really easy and I enjoy it a lot. Could doodle all day but you know that already! With all the programs on the computer it is so easy now to create fun decor! I could never think up a font myself but copying one is ok…Thanks friend 🙂

  • Amberjane
    29/02/2016 at 20:51

    Love the banner – thank you for sharing with Pin Worthy Wednesday

    • Katrin
      01/03/2016 at 16:40

      Thanks so much! Happy you like this! 🙂

  • Pili
    27/02/2016 at 20:12

    What were they thinking about when they constructed the fireplace? I saw the angles you said, really odd. I can only think make something out of cardboard; no power tools required and it is really sturdy.
    But, you did an awesome job there Katrin! Now the focal point is inside which is really cute.

    • Katrin
      28/02/2016 at 18:15

      Yeah, I don’t know Pili…really not much I think…but oh well I’m OK with it now. Your idea using cardboard as a mantel is great! I could paint it somehow….mmmh you got me thinking! Thanks 🙂

  • Kelsie
    27/02/2016 at 16:58

    This is so cute, and such an easy and pretty idea! I really love the book page look- might have to steal it 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with The Alder Collective! We always love your content!

    • Katrin
      28/02/2016 at 18:13

      Thanks so much Kelsie!! The book page style is so great, there are tons of fun projects to make right? 🙂

  • Michelle
    26/02/2016 at 13:32

    I grew up in a house with a fireplace and it was my favorite thing about the house. I love fireplaces. There is just something so comforting and cozy about them for me. Anyway, I love this idea even for those who use their fireplaces because in the spring and summer months they don’t get used so to decorate them during the warmer months is an inspiring idea! Thanks so much for linking up with me at #manicmonday

    • Katrin
      28/02/2016 at 18:07

      Thanks so much Michelle, I’m glad you got inspired!! So happy you like this idea! 🙂

  • Lori
    26/02/2016 at 01:05

    Hi Katrin! Love the way this looks! It’s so fresh and bright! Thank you for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

    • Katrin
      28/02/2016 at 18:04

      Thanks Lori! Fresh & bright is great, isn’t it? 🙂

  • Anika
    24/02/2016 at 20:48

    Super cute idea! I love how you made it look all bright for spring! The little birdie you drew looks so cute! I cant wait to see the kitchen!

    • Katrin
      24/02/2016 at 20:49

      Thank you Anika, that’s so nice of you to say! 🙂 I really like bright!

  • Martie
    24/02/2016 at 15:35

    Great idea! We live in a 100+-year-old home, and we actually had the chimney knocked off and roofed over, so our fireplace isn’t useable either. I’ve been brainstorming for ideas to make it look better, and I love what you’ve done! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂 Found you on Pin Worthy Wednesday linkup…so glad I did! Our fireplace is brick, but the rest is built out of creek rocks, with a built-in stone mantle. I wish I had ideas for your mantle, but I’m stumped. Lol!

    • Katrin
      24/02/2016 at 16:27

      Wow, that sounds like so much fun, I’d love to knock our chimney off for sure, I always get birds in there although we put a wire, but they somehow always manage to get in. Not fun having an all black bird flying through an all white house, lol! I’m happy you got inspired, Thank you so much for visiting!!!

  • Kim~madeinaday
    23/02/2016 at 20:30

    Hey lady,
    What a pretty fireplace! Lovin the little birdy pic! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on ! Have a great week!

    • Katrin
      24/02/2016 at 10:01

      Hi there Kim! Thanks so much, happy you like it 😉

  • Karren Haller
    23/02/2016 at 13:25

    What a perfect solution to your fireplace, it really turned out cute!!
    Thanks for sharing on Oh my Heartsie Girls WW, Pinned to share.
    Have a great day!

    • Katrin
      24/02/2016 at 09:41

      Thanks so much Karren! I appreciate it! 😉

  • Candace Guiducci
    23/02/2016 at 02:59

    I’m always impressed by your ingenuity; great look!

    • Katrin
      23/02/2016 at 10:02

      Thanks so much, that’s so nice of you to say!!! 🙂

  • Michelle Marttila
    22/02/2016 at 18:04

    Beautiful work!!! You have the gift of turning simple things into amazing pieces!!! What a difference that Spring banner, laterns, and wood/pallet/crate makes in turning that fireplace into a magical dream spot!

    • Katrin
      23/02/2016 at 09:31

      Awww thanks so much Michelle! I had to do something with that nasty fireplace, lol! So this was the easiest and less expensive option!

  • Lynn
    22/02/2016 at 15:22

    Good Morning Katrin…Just lovely. We all have something in our home that we don’t love and the challenge is to work with what you can. I love your creativity in putting that old crate in the fireplace. As Mary said, it really takes your eye away from the black and the brick. And that font you chose for your banner…really love it. I think I need to do a banner for spring, and you have provided so many ideas over the past months I know where to go for inpirations.

    Hugs for a happy Monday, Lynn

    • Katrin
      23/02/2016 at 08:44

      Yes, you’re right, it’s only a fireplace after all, right? And I love a good challenge especially without spending a whole lot of money! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Tuesday friend!!!

  • Keri
    22/02/2016 at 15:15

    Katrin, i wish I had a solution to your mantel problem. If we lived closer to you, my building team (husband) could make you a custom mantel to fit your space. Anyway, I think you did an awesome job at decorating for spring!!! The white against the brick really looks very lovely!! Love the banner and lanterns!!! You make it all look so beautiful and effortless!! You have a talent for decorating Katrin!! Keep up the wonderful job!!!

    • Katrin
      22/02/2016 at 21:41

      Oh, that would be nice, wouldn’t it? Living closer, I’m sure your husband whips up a custom mantel in no time after those triple bunkbeds! But it’s ok, I’ll just go with what I have, some day I might have a lightbulb moment and come up with an idea! Thanks friend 🙂

  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    22/02/2016 at 08:30

    Katin what a difference it makes w hen you put those pretty lanterns in front of the old fireplace. I think your banner is very pretty and just the perfect touch. And the mason jars with the catnips are great for this time of year. I also have a fireplace just like yours. No decent mantel to speak of. But mine is curved so I cannot just stick a shelf on top. It would have to be custom made. By adding all these beautiful white features you take our eye away from the oldness of the fireplace and make us focus on the pretty. Happy Spring my friend!

    • Katrin
      22/02/2016 at 11:57

      Thanks Mary! They do make it look a little nicer! And aren’t mason jars always great for decorating??? What is it with the European fireplaces, hey? The Northamerican ones are soooo pretty! Happy Spring to you too! 🙂

  • Ilka
    22/02/2016 at 06:02

    You really never run out of ideas, Katrin! Love the Spring Banner and I love the lightness you gave your fireplace by adding some white lanterns!

    • Katrin
      22/02/2016 at 11:55

      Hahaha, Thank you Ilka… I could change things around on a daily basis, lol!