Saving mom makes a cardboard fireplace for Santa for just over £10

‘I’m happy with the way it turned out and feel it gives the front room a more cozy feel’ (Image: Heather Jenkinson / Caters News)

When Heather Jenkinson’s daughter Eva said she was worried Santa wouldn’t be able to enter their home without a fireplace, the single mother got creative.

Heather, 34, spends just over a dime on her DIY project for the living room and is so pleased with her craft that she will do it year-round.

She said: ‘When Eva was five years old, this year she went to Christmas more 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 getting annoyed and wondering how that was. Santa can come in.’

Balancing the project with childcare meant it took two weeks to complete, with Heather, from Oldham in Manchester, drawing around her phone onto cardboard and cutting out shapes to make the shapes. bricks, which she said was the ‘hardest part’.

She then spent £5 on white emulsion for the tiles and £8 on very dark brown spray paint for the fireplace.

Eva in front of the nearly finished fireplace (Image: Heather Jenkinson / Caters News)

“I had some boxes in the attic and got some from a friend’s place of work and started making one,” she explains.

‘I had no clue where to start, but I had an image in my head of how I wanted it to be.’

Finished fireplace (Image: Heather Jenkinson / Caters News)

Heather, who used to work in preschool but is now studying IT, also made an extra garland for decoration – using a string of swimming noodles wrapped in tinsel and decorated with baubles, pinecones and flowers from her Christmas tree.

She recounted: “Eva was really excited to see it finished and was dancing around the room.

‘Seeing her happy face is magical and makes it all worthwhile.

‘It will always be a Christmas to remember now that the mummy makes a hearth for Santa.

‘I wasn’t planning on keeping it all year, though, I’m very happy with the way 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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