Categories: Decorating

by Susan


Categories: Decorating

by Susan


thrifty above fireplace ideas

While there are countless ways to decorate the wall above the fireplace, inexpensive fireplace wall decorating ideas can be difficult to find. To keep your fireplace focal point worthy, here are ways to decorate above your fireplace that won’t break the bank, but will look like you did! For $25 or less, be inspired by these thrifty above fireplace ideas.

#1 Inexpensive Fireplace Wall Idea: Wallpaper

A single roll of wallpaper covers 28 square feet, so shop the leftover rolls in you local wallpaper shop. Sometimes a single roll of really high end wallpaper can be grabbed up at an awesome price. Even not on sale, Peel and stick wallpaper rolls start under $20.00. Paper only above the mantel to the ceiling. If the fireplace is on a portion of wall that extends into the room, wallpaper just that portion. Cost: $20

wallpaper the fireplace portion of the wall

See for instructions on wallpapering the fireplace wall.

inexpensive fireplace wall decorating with wall paper

This wallpaper accents the black, white and gray theme. Also from

#2 Inexpensive Fireplace Wall Idea: Wood Circles

Take a compound miter saw to the firewood logs you have on hand, and you have an inexpensive fireplace wall display for just your time investment. You have the option of covering the fireplace wall in the wood circles or creating an over the mantel display. Your expenses are limited to Gorilla Glue and paint (and an underboard if you are making display board.) Cost: Free to $20


Wood Circles as inexpensive Fireplace Wall Idea

See instructions on how to make this rustic fireplace circle wall from .

Thrifty Above Fireplace Decor - Wood Circles over Fireplace’s instructions include how to darken some of the wood circles by baking them.

#3 Inexpensive Fireplace Wall Idea: Door Mats Turned Art

Who would guess you could turn one or more rubber door mats into thrifty above fireplace decor with the help of a can of spray paint? No one but you will know they aren’t vintage iron scroll panels. Leave them unpainted for a black ironwork look or spray paint them to contrast with the wall above the fireplace mantel. For under $20, they come in a variety of visually interesting shapes. Cost: $25 or less

Rubber Door Mat Art above the fireplace, a great source of inspiration for budget friendly decorating ideas, provides instructions.


Shapes of rubber door mats

Rubber scroll door mats come in a variety of shapes and make inexpensive fireplace wall decorations.



#4 Inexpensive Fireplace Wall Idea: Framed Collection

If you own a collection of items such as seashells, consider using them to create a 3D wall display. If you don’t have a collection, shop flea markets and thrift stores for items such as bird houses, plates, old keys, compasses, magnifying glasses, quilt squares, old ice skates, or vintage cameras. To make the collection visually cohesive, use matching, inexpensive frames around each item in the display. Want to skip even the price of frames? Use ribbon or even paper frames to create definition around your hobby objects. Cost: Free to $25

Use inexpensive identical frame to structure the display of 3D items.

Vintage cameras are framed and displayed by

Plate collection in frames over the fireplace

These plates are displayed in paper frames by


#5 Inexpensive Fireplace Wall Idea: Driftwood

If you have ever walked a beach, you have most likely come across pieces of driftwood. Bring home those treasures for a no-cost way to decorate above the mantel. Individually, the pieces can be nothing special, but when grouped together, you and Mother Nature have collaborated to create art! Cost: Free

Driftwood decorates fireplace wall

Be inspired by this West Elm image to arrange driftwood pieces above your fireplace.

#6 Inexpensive Fireplace Wall Idea: Square Mirror Tiles

A large mirror is traditional above the fireplace, but large mirrors can be expensive. Square mirror tiles or 10 inch square centerpiece mirrors, especially when applied from mantel all the way up to the crown molding or ceiling, can give a dramatic look at a budget friendly price. Cost $25 and up

Square mirror tiles above fireplace

Get the look of the Robert A. M. Stern townhouse bedroom with square mirror tiles.

#7 Inexpensive Fireplace Wall Idea: 3D Butterflies

Is your fireplace ready for a flight of fancy? Make  your own from cardstock or buy inexpensive 3D butterfly wall stickers to create a very inexpensive fireplace wall display about your  mantel. Mount them on a reclaimed wood base (such as from wood pallets) or directly on the wall. Cost: Under $10

3D butterflies above fireplace are an inexpensive way to decorate mounted white butterflies on reclaimed wood, but they can also be placed directly onto the wall.

#8 Inexpensive Fireplace Wall Idea: Paint Stirrer Framed Mirror

Wooden paint stirrers can transform a too-small mirror into a dramatic mirror, right-sized for a display above the fireplace mantel. You may already have a collection of paint stirrers, you can ask your local hardware store for some, or you can purchase a large supply of craft paint stirrers inexpensively.  Round centerpiece table mirrors can be less expensive that the same mirror sold as a wall mirror. Cost: $25 or less

Paint stirrer mirror for above fireplace. gives complete directions for constructing a budget friendly paint stirrer mirror.

#9 Inexpensive Fireplace Wall Idea: Wall Clock Pieces

In the $10 to $25 range, wall clock stickers are a budget way to decorate above the fireplace. Their drama is much larger than their price! Available in styles ranging from traditional black roman numerals to sleek, modern numberless, reflective mirror pieces, they work with every decorating style. Cost: $10 to $25

Wall clock stickers above the fireplace.

Wall clock stickers make a big impact with a small price.

#10 Inexpensive Fireplace Wall Idea: Recycled Wood Display

Turn scrap or recycled wood into a unique and inexpensive fireplace wall display. We like the look of aged wood, so old wooden pallets are a good source of free wood with character. Or you can age wood with steel wool, vinegar and tea. Measure the width of the area above the fireplace for your display. Cut the pieces of wood into the shapes you want, and glue or nail them onto the wall. Cost: Free

Scrap wood art display above fireplace created this inexpensive above fireplace display using scrap wood.

#11 Inexpensive Fireplace Wall Idea: Foil Art

If you are a bit crafty, you can create some astonishingly attractive, one-of-a-kind work of art for above your fireplace. The work will appear to be metal, and will have the look of Victorian ceiling tiles. All it takes is tacky glue and things you already have in your home such as aluminum foil, cardboard and shoe polish. Foil art is so easy, even children can do it, but it is not limited to childish designs. Cost: $4

Foil art for inexpensive fireplace wall art

Create your own foil art for above the fireplace. Directions and image by


Inexpensive fireplace wall decorating ideas need not look like you are on a budget. Instead, they can be art you are proud of and that gather wows from friends.



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