I know I keep promising more DIY projects, so here is one we JUST finished.
It is an 8-bit fire made entirely of paint chips (you know, the free paint-colored squares from Lowe’s/Home Depot. We had a bunch lying around from when we painted our doors, and didn’t want to throw them away), some glue sticks, and a cheap black poster board or foam board. The total cost for the project was $2 and change, since we already had the glue.
We used and highly recommend a square hole punch (easily found at Joann or Michaels). We had one already (from previous 8-bit / 16-bit projects), but if you don’t, just grab some scissors and cut squares. A lot of them.
We used a screencap of the “It’s Dangerous to go Alone! Take this” fire from Legend of Zelda (Random trivia: Link to the Past is Kat’s favorite game of all time).
Cut the poster board or foam board to the size of your fireplace, and mark the center with a pencil. You’ll work your way out from the bottom row center, just following the pattern of the squares in your inspiration picture. First we laid out all of the squares WITHOUT glue, to make sure it would work and that we had enough.
Now start gluing! We used cheap glue sticks that we had laying around (3 of them).
After about half an hour… DONE!