DIY faux stacked wood fireplace insert


Today, I’m sharing a simple DIY I recently finished…a faux stacked wood fireplace insert. Our fireplace is in our kitchen right in front of our kitchen table. I like that it’s there but I guess I have no strong desire to actually use it. I had always seen people fill their fireplaces with beautifully stacked firewood and I wondered how the heck they did it. After doing some research, I realized that in most cases, it was an insert. So, I decided to make my own! Does it really look like stacked wood? Eh, I don’t know. Maybe from far away. But, it definitely looks better than what it was before so I’ll take it!

Now, I’m saying this project was easy because for me…it was. Full disclosure, Ben cut all of the wood slices for me. It took him a long time. A loooooong time. You definitely need way more than you think you do. You can also find them on Amazon or at a craft store but I didn’t want to spend the money and I mean, what are husbands for?! Looking back, it mayyyy have been smarter to buy them.

What you need: 

  • Plywood to fit your fireplace opening
  • Black paint and paintbrush
  • A LOT of wood slices
  • Wood glue
  • Magnets

Paint the plywood black (I tried dark gray at first because it’s what I had on hand and it didn’t look right) and secure the wood slices with wood glue. Let dry for at least 24 hours. I used round magnets to secure the final piece to the metal bracket on our fireplace.

Because I used a cheap piece of plywood, fallen tree branches from our backyard and wood glue we already had, this project cost like $10. Unless you believe time is money and in that case, Ben would say it cost a lottttt! 🙂