What you will need:
- A long thin box
- One of those Science Fair Project boards - I got mine at Staples but any large craft store should have them
- Brown wrapping paper
- Red wrapping paper
- An x-acto knife
First, mark the center of your board. Second, you'll want to draw a T starting with about two thirds down from the top of your board for the top of the T and then just marking the center of the board from the top of the T to the bottom of the board. This is your cutting line for your x-acto knife. Just cut. Then, score the board (don't cut all the way through!) at the edges of the T down to the bottom of the board so you can fold the newly cut flaps back. These will help with stabilizing the fireplace so do not cut them off completely. With the long thing box on top, it should look something like this:
Next, wrap the box and glue the brown paper to the board as well. Make sure you cut it at the edges so it will fold properly.
Now, cut 5"x3" squares out of the red wrapping paper. I ended up using around 60 or so, I think. Glue each of the red paper pieces to the board, cutting as needed, to get the "brick" layout.
It may not be perfect, but it will be sturdy enough to hold some weight.