I’ve always wanted an apartment with a fire place. In reality, it actually seems like a pretty terrible idea–I mean me, unsupervised around flames? Not a great combo. Still, I grew up with one glowing in my house every winter and they exude a coziness that I just love. Plus, they give you the perfect space to hang your Christmas stockings.
Our apartment now has very little wall space that hasn’t already been taken up–we have an unused stair banister, but for some reason, hanging stocking on there just didn’t look right. So what’s a girl to do besides create a fake mantel, right? Right.
First things first: get your tape. Washi tape is expensive, so I recommend going with a fun colored painters tape for most of the big stuff–I love the bright yellow we found, and we didn’t even end up using a whole roll. Next? Pick your wall space. The unused space at the top of our stairwell was perfect. Now, we’re going to go step-by-step, but no worries…it’s super easy. You just need someone to help you eyeball if it’s straight or not!
Step 1 (left): Tape two horizontal lines on top of each other, with about an inch and a half between the two. The bottom should be a few inches shorter on each end than the top. Connect with a diagonal piece of tape on each end.
Step 2 (right): Starting at the ends of the bottom horizontal piece, run two vertical pieces of tape down on each side.
Step 3 (left): Create the center detailing. You’ll need to find the center of your faux mantel and put a short piece of tape horizontally below that about 12 inches. Then, work your way up with two pieces diagonally to connect with the bottom of your mantel’s “ledge.”
Step 4 (right): Create the “hearth.” You’ll need to run two pieces of tape horizontally from the right and left sides of your center detailing, each ending about a foot from the outer edges. Run a piece of tape vertically from the edge of each to the ground, parallel to the outer edges.
Steps 5 and 6: Now is the time to add some detailing! I used tape to create things that look like the panels of wood that you would find in a traditional fireplace, but really, you can do whatever you want! For these, I did cut the width of the tape in half–using the normal width just looked like too much.
Finish it off with a few fun add ons, like the washi tape candle sticks I made. We love the way it turned out (we’re considering keeping it up all year ’round!), and we can’t wait to hang our stockings. Not a bad fix for a NYC apartment, huh?