As long as there have been fireplaces, people have been trying to control the amount of heat that comes from the fire. One of the methods that worked was to create a firescreen, which was made of various materials, to partially block and even direct the heat of the fire. You can continue this history by creating firescreen crafts. These crafts could become heirlooms that you can pass down through the family.
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Fabric firescreens were popular during the Victorian era; not only were they practical, but they offered an opportunity for the women to display their prowess with a needle. You can make a fabric firescreen of your own by either doing needlepoint, embroidery or cross stitch, quilting fabric or some other craft. Once you have the fabric panel completed, you can attach it to a wooden frame that you can either build yourself or adapt from something existing.
You can craft a rustic fireplace screen from three shutters. The height of the shutters is up to you; you can find them at local building supply stores, as well as at building surplus stores or even lawn sales. Finish the shutters as you like by repainting them or staining them, then hinge them together.
Painted Fireplace Screen
Yet another firescreen that is similar to the fabric screen is a painted fireplace screen. This screen consists of two or three plain wooden panels that are hinged together. Once you have stained or painted the wood, you can paint designs on the screens in whatever style you choose and seal them with lacquer.
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