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
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)
Fabric stiffener or washable school glue (I got mine from A.C. Moore)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7. Repeat on all branches.
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.
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.
10. Add some more rocks and plug in your lights!
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 email@example.com. We’d love to see it!
Photos by Brigette.
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