How to Build a Fireplace Screen

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Fireplace screens are beautiful, and functional too. They will protect your home from stray sparks and embers, and can keep children or pets from getting too close to the open flame.
The instructions provided here are for an easy-to-make functional and decorative fireplace screen, and to ensure the safety of your screen follow all of the directions carefully. This is a single panel screen, and will sit at an angle, like a photo.

Things You'll Need

  • 36-inch by 24-inch copper panel 36-inch by 24-inch aluminum or metal poster frame Hammer Metal punch or awl Krazy glue 2 - 12-inch metal craft rods Saw Safety goggles Gloves Newsprint Pen Tape
  • Choose a design for your fireplace screen. Draw this design onto newsprint.

  • Tape the newsprint with the design on it to the copper panel.

  • Put on safety goggles and gloves.

  • Use the hammer and metal punch or awl to punch holes into the copper along the lines of your design.

  • After the design has been completely punched into the copper panel, remove the newsprint.

  • Remove the glass, any inserts, and the cardboard backing from the aluminum or metal poster frame.

  • Squeeze a line of Krazy glue into the poster frame where the poster would normally go.

  • Insert the copper panel in place of the poster, and fasten in place. Allow the glue to dry completely.

  • Use the saw to cut one end of each of the metal craft rods at a 45-degree angle.

  • Glue the angled end of one of the metal craft rods to one side of the back of the aluminum frame. Glue the other rod to the opposite side of the back of the frame. When finished, these should provide supports for the screen.

  • Allow the glue to dry completely, and begin using your frame.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add a patina or finish for a unique look, if desired.
  • Always take the appropriate safety measures when using a fireplace or fireplace screen.

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