When faced with a 1 year old crawling into our fireplace every time I turned my back, I knew I needed a solution to block him out. Gates that sit on the floor right in front of the fireplace look great, but ultimately would just be slammed down or pushed aside by this rambunctious kid. I knew I needed something that was secured either to the wall or the fireplace surround. Not wanting to drill holes into my fireplace or walls, I found myself looking into magnetic covers.
I found really neat fabric covers that magnet stick to the fireplace, but couldn’t find the exact size I needed to cover my fireplace opening. Which led me to dreaming up the idea of using cut oak branches from our property and scrap wood to create this “fireplace plug” and baby stopper.
And… this only cost for us was $11 total (for magnets).
- plywood or old siding
- 2×2 Doug fir
- Oak (or other) Tree Branches
- Black spray paint
How To Make a Fireplace Cover:
- Measure your fireplace opening.
- Cut backing to size out of plywood or old siding.
- Frame front of newly sized panel with 2×2 material. This will create a nice border around all of the cut tree branches.
- Once 2×2 materials is cut to size, secure from the back with screws. You don’t want the screws to be visible from the front.
- Spray the entire front visible area with black spray paint. Priming the material prior to black is optional, but advised.
- While paint is drying, collect misc tree branches.
- Cut tree branches to various sizes. The more diversity in tree diameter, the better in my opinion. Smaller branches can fill the gaps created when bigger pieces touch.
- Lay insert flat and arrange branch cuttings to the pattern of your choice.
- Using a nail gun, secure wood branch cuttings from the back. This secures them in and prevents anyone (*clears throat 1 year olds) from pulling them out. These can also be glued if you don’t have a nail gun handy.
- Once dried (if glued) turn board over and attach magnet circles to the upper and lower corners.
- Now for the moment of truth. Place your new fireplace insert in your opening to block access and enjoy your beautiful “stacked wood” view.