Fireplace Decor with Upcycled Flannel Shirts on a Firewood Holder

Fireplace Decor with Upcycled Flannel Shirts on a Firewood Holder

Here we are- in JANUARY- with the holidays behind us and a new year before us. And in my constant quest for cozy home decor during the winter months, I decided that some fireplace decor was in order. Specifically…a firewood holder or fireplace log holder that had been given a cozy makeover using some flannel shirts from the thrift store.

Even though we keep most of our firewood on the back porch, I like the look of a few logs on the hearth. After scouring my local thrift stores, I decided to forgo the more expensive option (brass) and nabbed a wide-set wicker basket instead.

Firewood holder or fireplace log holder at thrift store to be upcycled into fireplace decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I spy a treasure for winter…

I brought it home, set it on our brick fireplace hearth (to make sure it fit well enough) when I realized just how…brown…everything was.

Creating fireplace decor by upcycling firewood holder or fireplace log holder with flannel shirts by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

That’s a lot of…same.

Heck, even the cat blended in.

Repurposing a fireplace log holder or firewood holder by creating plaid ribbon from flannel shirts by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

But his white fur pops…hmm…

So, I decided to give a complete makeover to the basket so that it set off nicely on the brick AND brought a touch of “cozy” to the room. Why not create something function (i.e., firewood holder or fireplace log holder) that doubles as cozy winter decor? This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

A Cozy Makeover for a Firewood Holder / Fireplace Log Holder

First order of business- remove as much dust as possible from the firewood holder (it was, admittedly, pretty gross), and paint it white. Since Cottonball’s white fur popped against the brick hearth / fireplace, I decided a white firewood holder was the way to go.

Spray painting a firewood holder or fireplace log holder to upcycle into fireplace decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let the makeover begin!

After giving it a couple of coats of spray paint, I let it dry and headed out to find some flannel shirts for upcycling. I wanted green flannel shirts or blue flannel shirts, ideally. I figured those colors would look good on my now-white fireplace log holder. For winter decorating, I go for blues, cool greens, and touches of brown or white (kind of like a snowy winter landscape).

And luck was on my side when I saw this sign!

Shopping for flannel shirts or blue flannel shirts at thrift store to upcycle into plaid ribbon by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

To quote the Kool-aid man…OH, YEAHHHH!

I liked how this blue flannel shirt looked against my basket and decided to put it to work. (And worth noting, it had a big ole’ hole where the last buttonhole should be…so it was a perfect candidate for repurposing!)

Making plaid ribbon from upcycled flannel shirts to wrap around handle of firewood holder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

These will work lovely together!

To bring my fireplace decor idea to life, I cut off the sleeves of my flannel shirt and set the rest of the shirt aside for another day/project. From there, I cut long, same-width strips of flannel, using the plaid lines as my cutting guides.

Making plaid ribbon from upcycled flannel shirts to use on the handle of a fireplace log holder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Preparing my cozy touch…

Then, similarly to what I did in the Fall, I stitched the strips end-to-end, ironed the connecting seams flat, and hemmed the long sides. Now, I had plaid ribbon made from upcycled flannel shirts! Exactly what I needed to create some cozy fireplace decor with my firewood holder / fireplace log holder.

Handmade plaid ribbon from flannel shirts to use on firewood holder upcycled into fireplace decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Easy DIY Plaid Ribbon!

Now I was ready to give the firewood holder the cozy makeover I had intended, turning it into functional fireplace decor! I hot-glued one end of my plaid ribbon made from flannel shirts to the inside of the fireplace log holder handle, and began carefully wrapping the plaid ribbon round and round.

Wrapping handle of firewood holder or fireplace log holder with plaid ribbon made from flannel shirts by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

See where I’m going with this?

And when I reached the other side, I snipped off the excess plaid ribbon, folded the end under and hot glued it to the inside handle.

Cozy Fireplace Decor with an Upcycled Firewood Holder / Fireplace Log Holder

There- now my firewood holder / fireplace log holder looked cozy and homey, perfect for the fireplace decor my brick hearth desperately needed.

How to make fireplace decor with plaid ribbon made from flannel shirts wrapped around firewood holder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Clean, bright, but with a winter-y, cozy feel.

What a transformation, eh? The plaid ribbon made from flannel shirts adds just a touch of “cozy”…and it has a much better hand-feel than the bare painted basket! I’m quite pleased with how my fireplace log holder or firewood holder turned out!

Making fireplace decor with upcycled firewood holder or fireplace log holder and plaid ribbon from flannel shirts by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

This will pop on the hearth!

Now I just need to lug my firewood holder back to the fireplace, where it can be both functional and decorative this winter!

Speaking of winter, please check out this collection of upcycled winter decor ideas for even more inspiration before you go!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Great idea using the shirt! I like ribbon. Your flannel ribbon could also easily be ‘wired’ for other purposes also. Note to self – look for interesting shirt/blouse patterns – inexpensive ribbon idea – filed away for next thrift shopping day.

  2. Very cute and unique!

  3. Patty Soriano says:

    oooh, GREAT idea adding the fabric to the basket handle! I’ve got to use that on some of mine. Especially those which have pieces of wicker sticking out, coming apart. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I want to know how you got your cat to pose for that shot? ha ha ha Your comment about him blending in had me laughing out loud. Like I’ve said before, our cats are twins!

  5. Good Morning Sarah! This purposed intention for creating this fabulous Firewood Basket with the DIY Flannel is SPECTACULAR! Our home does not have a fireplace, bummer, so I would have to go in a different direction. Just a few months ago, I began reorganizing my fabrics and oh yes did it ever need doing. LOL. I had several wicker baskets laying around empty collecting nothing but dust and not even being a true part of decorations of the house. I decided to fill them up with a variety of small fabrics. It made such a dramatic change in so many ways, I was delighted! Well, I had not thought of the wide flat wicker baskets and they would be so perfect in our home. Especially following your ideas and painting them and/or adding ribbons! Thank you for sharing this project and Congratulations on having it work so beautifully in your lovely home!

    Have a fantastic day!

  6. Isn’t it amazing what a can of spray paint can do to transfer? Great idea. Makes me wish it was cold here in Arizona to need such a fun project! Visiting from Remodelaholic.

  7. I would have never thought of this gorgeous idea in a million years. I love this.

  8. Your hearth is color coordinated. I like how the white and the blue handle gives it a pop of color. Now I wonder where my brass wood holder is? I bet I donated it to Good Will a few years ago.

  9. Another great idea! I love this on the hearth. I think your cat was white enough to give you inspiration for the color white instead of the other way around. (wink)

  10. acraftymix says:

    Oh my the basket looks completely different and the colors are perfect for some Winter decor. It really pops against the browns. I’ve always bypassed those little baskets at the thrift store. Well no more after seeing this bit of inspiration. Thank you Sarah

  11. Great basket makeover. Paint and flannel the perfect makeover materials. Thank you for sharing with us at Vintage Charm.

  12. I love this – Pinning!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY Party!

  13. So clever, Sarah, what a great way to add warmth and coziness to a room.

  14. I love decorating with baskets and the added flannel gives it that cozy feel. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  15. What a fun fix up to add some color to your hearth and a great place to set your extra firewood! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

  16. This is a great way to re-use a wicker basket! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday!

  17. Wow…how pretty!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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