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Turn a cardboard box into a fanciful fireplace log complete with faux flames. This project is so easy the kids can help.
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Print the downloadable patterns and cut out the shapes. With a pencil, trace the patterns on cardboard and carefully cut out the shapes using a utility knife. Check that the longest dimension of each pattern runs the same direction as the corrugations in the cardboard to help it resist bending or creasing. Glue the stand reinforcements to the bottom front of the stands.
If you would like to save and reuse this project, cut the pieces from 1/4-inch-thick plywood instead of cardboard and assemble them with clear shipping tape.
Paint the flame and log colors on one side of each cardboard piece. Then paint the opposite side to keep the cardboard from warping.
Glue the small branches to the front log. Glue the larger flame to the back face of the center log and the smaller one to the front log.
Position the stands 5 inches in from the ends of the front log with the log resting on the bottom foot of the stands. Glue or tape the stands to the log.
Glue or tape the center and back logs to the stand notches.