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DIY Flameless Fire Pit

When cold weather comes, with it comes an overwhelming urge to make my home as cozy as can be. There’s something about string lights that can really give off that cozy feeling, and today’s DIY uses them in the cutest way I’ve ever seen. I first saw this flameless fire pit idea when our print and color designer made one for a trend meeting a litte while back — Julia actually included a photo of it in this Scenes From The Office post! As soon as I caught a glimpse of it, I just knew I had to make my own. If you want to help turn your home into a cozy little winter wonderland, you should make one, too!

What you need

DIY Lace Twinkle Lights Flameless Fire Pit

DIY Lace Twinkle Lights Flameless Fire Pit
Lace strips (Lace ribbon, cut up lace clothing/tablecloths/curtains – anything, really!)
Tree branches (I found mine outside – just make sure they’re at least 3/4 inch in diameter)
Aluminum foil
Fabric stiffener or washable school glue (I got mine from A.C. Moore)
String lights
Rocks (Also from outside!)

What you do

1. Wrap each branch in aluminum foil, making sure to cover every bit of wood. This will make sure the lace doesn’t stick to your branches once it’s dry.

DIY Lace Twinkle Lights Flameless Fire Pit

DIY Lace Twinkle Lights Flameless Fire Pit

2. Apply fabric stiffener or glue to a strip of lace, making sure it’s saturated. The more you use, the sturdier your lace branch cast will be.

DIY Lace Twinkle Lights Flameless Fire Pit

3. Wrap the lace around a branch, starting at one end and working your way to the other. Make sure to overlap the lace a little so that there are no holes. Use any many strips as necessary to reach both ends.

DIY Lace Twinkle Lights Flameless Fire Pit

4. Repeat until all your branches are covered and let dry. Make sure the lace is completely dry before moving on to the next step. I waited overnight.

DIY Lace Twinkle Lights Flameless Fire Pit

5. Once the lace is totally dry, pick up a branch and use a sharp knive (I used an Xacto knive) to cut one clean line into the lace, from one end to the other. Don’t worry about cutting too deeply – I cut through the aluminum foil, as well.

DIY Lace Twinkle Lights Flameless Fire Pit DIY Lace Twinkle Lights Flameless Fire Pit

6. Pop the cast off of the branch, and remove the branch. Carefully peel the aluminum foil off of the interior of the lace, and discard the foil.

DIY Lace Twinkle Lights Flameless Fire Pit

7. Repeat on all branches.

DIY Lace Twinkle Lights Flameless Fire Pit

8. Now for the fun part! Arrange your rocks into a circular shape, filling the middle area with string lights. Make sure to leave the plug end of the lights on the outside of the circle, and make sure you can reach an outlet.

DIY Lace Twinkle Lights Flameless Fire Pit

9. Arrange your lace branches into a cone-like shape, touching towards the top. The branches should all balance on one another, holding each other up. If you have trouble getting your branches to stay up, wedge them between the rocks.

DIY Lace Twinkle Lights Flameless Fire Pit

DIY Lace Twinkle Lights Flameless Fire Pit

10. Add some more rocks and plug in your lights!

DIY Lace Twinkle Lights Flameless Fire Pit

DIY Lace Twinkle Lights Flameless Fire Pit

DIY Lace Twinkle Lights Flameless Fire Pit

We think this flamless fire pit is one of the cutest things we’ve ever seen. If you make your own, feel free to send us a photo to We’d love to see it!

Photos by Brigette.

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Fox + gypsy -November 15, 2012, 10:54AM

This is perfect, we are going to use our gilded branches we just made here for this! to m

Liv -November 15, 2012, 11:21AM

This is such a cute idea! Really nice for the winter as well :)

monika -November 15, 2012, 12:54PM

oh my gosh! this is great! i’m going to have to find a spot in the living room for this :) thanks

Hai-Yen -November 15, 2012, 2:12PM

Love that idea!

patricia -November 15, 2012, 2:55PM

my oh my! free people blog has the best DIY projects ever! well now i know what i’m going to do this weekend :)

diyearte by L & S -November 15, 2012, 4:55PM

beautiful idea!!

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Julene -November 16, 2012, 12:57PM

Gorgeous! Love this DIY! Thanks so much Free People!

Mallory -November 19, 2012, 2:27PM

This is perfect for my little apartment! I did end up making mine a little differently. I made a thick cardboard base and hot glued the rocks down. That way I can move it around without having to totally rebuild it! Also, try using the battery powered string lights! You don’t have that extra length of lights sticking out and you don’t need to worry about being near an outlet!!

fp brigette -November 20, 2012, 6:25PM

Thanks for the tips Mallory, yours sounds gorgeous!

Erika @Sausage Jar -November 23, 2012, 2:49AM

This is so amazing! Would never thought of that in a million years!

Stella -November 28, 2012, 10:55PM

Thanks for showing this tutorial. It’s cleaver and looks like the kids will love it.

Stella -November 28, 2012, 10:55PM

Thanks for showing this tutorial. It’s clever and looks like the kids will love it.

annie -December 9, 2012, 7:06PM

i love this going to make it for my bedroom

Kara -December 14, 2012, 12:19PM

I just finished this project last night. I stumbled across this post and decided I would make this little fire pit instead of getting a x-mas tree. Instead of using rocks I balled up christmas-y looking plaids to make the over all feel more holiday and I also change out some of the white lights to orange and red to give it a little more warmth. All my friends love it, thank you for post. I wanted to post a picture, but it looks like I can’t do that. Oh well. :)

Henry -February 27, 2013, 1:29PM

looks like sticks wrapped in bandages to me

Fire Pits -March 25, 2013, 3:13AM

Wow!!!! very nice post regarding fire pit. This is good post for me.

Stephy -April 3, 2013, 4:41AM

Brilliant! Such clever peeps! X

outdoor fire pit -April 26, 2013, 6:17AM

That looks really nice, I’ll try to make one myself!

Tracy -August 11, 2013, 7:33AM

Love this idea! I am going to make this for my kindergarten classroom to go with my Wild, Wild, West theme! Thanks so much.

Julie -September 12, 2013, 10:50AM

Adorable!! Thanks for sharing!!
I just made a real stone fire pit this summer:

Anna Tykhonova -September 23, 2013, 9:44AM

It is a fantastic idea!!!

happy -November 25, 2013, 7:50PM

What is the purpose of the lace? It does look like bandage-wrapped sticks. Why not just use the sticks as is?

Anonymous -December 3, 2013, 8:12PM

I think the purpose of the lace is to make see-through type sticks to give the illusion of ash. Very clever!

Ally -January 3, 2014, 5:30PM

I think I would like to paint the branches white. I like the idea of using red, white and orange lights.

kerry -April 5, 2014, 4:24AM

Very clever love it love it!!!

Anonymous -June 4, 2014, 10:43AM

Cute fire pit idea for inside.

Anonymous -July 23, 2014, 9:31PM

This is my first venture onto this site – thank you

nancy -September 14, 2014, 6:55PM

so cute. will make this next winter with my granddaughter. thanks.

Jule -October 9, 2014, 8:01AM

wow! cute!
you could color the tops of some LEDs with window-colour, right?


margarer crandell -November 3, 2014, 9:29AM

Awesome post. I just bumped into this blog. It is 2014 and I am just getting around to it. This is my next project with my grandkids.

Suzanne -November 23, 2014, 10:22PM

Great idea. I am going to try it using cheesecloth instead of lace as I have a piece in my craft cupboard.

Adria -July 26, 2015, 1:43PM

WOW and WOW again! Very cute! <3 Thank you! :)

Catherine -August 30, 2015, 3:36PM

Very nice and the lace giving the effect of ashes will definitely be trying this on a slightly bigger scale and vary the lights with white orange and yello thanks for the post great work x

Lisabeth -November 16, 2015, 10:54PM

I meticulously wrapped my sticks in tinfoil and glued white lace which stiffened as promised overnight. But! It was very difficult to pry the fabric away from tinfoil after I cut into the “cast”. End result was that the fabric twigs became so warped that I had to discard them and just assembled the sticks into a formation around the rocks and lights. Disappointing!

Caroline McCasland -November 27, 2015, 9:30AM

I think just using sticks in their natural state would be cute too, and much less hassle. This is very cute though!

Diane N. -December 2, 2015, 6:16PM

I love this idea! You did a great job! :)

Karen -December 18, 2015, 4:26AM

After you put foil on the sticks, try spraying with cooking spray, like PAM. Then the wrap should slide right off after it drys. BEST PROJECT I have ever seen!

Karen -December 18, 2015, 4:31AM

Also, if you just smoothed the lace on lengthwise on the stick instead of around and around, I think it would eliminate the ‘bandage’ look.

Florence -December 21, 2015, 2:19PM

Pretty good, will definitely try it. Thnz so much.

K girl -January 21, 2016, 10:41PM

Awesome idea

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