A CREATIVE mom made a beautiful fireplace just over 10 years old after her worried daughter thought Santa wouldn’t come in without a fireplace.
Heather Jenkinson, 34, was so impressed with the results, she plans to keep the fake trait year-round.
She used nothing but five cardboard boxes, some glue and some paint to create this beautiful cream fireplace and now her 5-year-old daughter, Eva, can sleep easily at night. Christmas and even have somewhere to hang socks.
The frugal single mom spent about two weeks on the fireplace and simply painted around her phone before cutting shapes to create over 50 single bricks for a more realistic finish.
Heather, who is studying IT, spent £5 on emulsion for tiles and £8 on spray paint for coatings.
She even added a garland for decoration – using a strand of swimming noodles wrapped in tinsel and decorated with baubles, pinecones and flowers from her Christmas tree.
Now, Heather, from Oldham in Manchester, is so impressed with the results that she plans to keep the fireplace on year-round.
She said: “When Eva was 5 years old, this year she went to Christmas more often and asked about how Santa would come into our house.
“Years ago, we had a magic key hanging outside the front door, however, when I went to get it, I couldn’t find it so Eva started to get frustrated and wonder how the old man did. Noel can come in.
“Seeing her sad, I decided to try making a fireplace for her.
“I had some boxes in the attic and got some from friends’ work and started making one.
“I don’t have a clue where to start, but I have a picture in my head of what I want it to be.
“It took me about two weeks straight, sticking and painting between childcare duties.
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“The brickwork was the hardest part, I drew around my phone on cardboard and repeated this until I had about 50 bricks.
“Eva was really excited and happy when she finished watching it and was dancing around the room.
“Seeing her happy face is magical and makes everything worthwhile.
“It will always be a Christmas to remember now that the mummy makes Santa’s hearth.
“However, I didn’t plan to keep it all year, I’m happy with how it turned out and feel it gives the front room a more cozy feel so I’ll keep it all year.”
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