|Firescreen made from card and paper|
You will need:
- a suitable picture or pictures
- embroidery cotton in a toning shade
- gold pen
- craft knife
- Decide on the shape of your fire screen. Mine has the top edges of the three panels gently rounded but you might like to keep yours square.
- Measure the height of the fireplace opening.
- Measure the width of the fireplace opening and add half an inch. Divide this measurement by three.
- Mark with a pencil and then cut out three pieces of matboard. Each will be the height of the fireplace opening and 1/3rd of the width measurement.
- Glue the picture to one side of the matboard pieces to make the three separate panels. Make sure the edges are stuck down well.
- With the gold pen, ink round the cut edges of the panels.
- Using a small amount of glue, stick the embroidery cotton around three sides of each panel (not the bottom edge).
- Starting with one panel as the central piece, glue another panel to each side of it. Attach them on a slight angle so the fire screen looks realistic and will stand easily without support.
- Leave to dry.
The picture I used for mine was from a large sheet of paper used for decoupage that I bought at a craft shop. It has a suitably olde-worlde appearance. You could use pictures cut from a magazine, a piece of wrapping paper, miniaturised photographs or even, if you are particularly artistic, a scene you have painted yourself.