If you don't have a fireplace, but still want to hang stockings and decorate a mantel, you can craft one out of cardboard! Using cardboard display boards (ones students use for science projects), you can build a realistic (and lightweight) fireplace.
Dipping Pine Cones in Paint for a Custom Look- Twist the pointed end of a bamboo skewer into the end of a pinecone. The paint mixture is 3 parts paint and 2 parts water. Dunk the pine cone into the paint and then set on wax paper to dry.