Blogger Challenge: Decorate the HGTV Holiday House Fireplace Mantel

The mantel at HGTV Holiday House

Sneak peek: Here’s the mantel at HGTV Holiday House before being decorated. The style is sleek, simple and modern, with plenty of space above for a flat-screen TV.

A few months ago, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores asked Made + Remade to host a Blogger Challenge in which five bloggers — three regular M+R contributors and two more popular crafting bloggers — could pitch their design ideas for the mantel at HGTV Holiday House. We shared the inspiration board for Holiday House with each of the bloggers, and they created mantel decorations using products from their local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store, among other items.

We were so excited to see the results of this Blogger Challenge. And it was really hard keeping them a secret — until now, because we’re thrilled to (finally!) share the five bloggers’ Christmas mantel designs with you. You can browse through the designs here and find links to each blogger’s mantel post below.

But there’s still a little secret we have to keep. You’ll have to wait until October 15 to find out whose winning design inspired the mantel decorations at HGTV Holiday House.

POST UPDATE (10/15/13): We have a mantel design challenge winner! The HGTV Holiday House design team chose Amy Bell’s luxe and rustic look to inspire the mantel decor. Congratulations, Amy! The team had a hard time choosing and loved all the bloggers’ ideas, so they were excited to incorporate some additional projects around the fireplace and in other spots in the house. See Amy’s mantel design in the HGTV Holiday House mantel photo gallery and more Made + Remade bloggers’ projects in this round-up of rustic-chic decorating ideas.

Tell us: What’s your favorite mantel design? 

Emily’s Natural and Sophisticated Mantel

Kim’s Rustic Winter Wonderland Christmas Mantel

Hannah’s Wintry Mantel With Vintage Style

Amy’s Luxe and Rustic Christmas Mantel

Ellen’s Whimsical Mantel With Natural and Coastal Touches

Leave your comments below and in the comments section of each post.

Brought to you by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, where ideas and inspiration come together for a Simply Creative Christmas.

62 Responses

  1. aceline says:

    Hello, I like good photo galley and inspiration board for Holiday House that's great for all………
    Luxury house in Normandy

  2. 247hshomes says:

    I love Kim mantel best! It is beautiful!!! i love this post.

  3. Victoria says:

    The Mantel that really caught my eye was Kim's. It is interesting and festive at the same time.

  4. jai says:

    I didn't like any of them. They looked desperately creative and time consuming with no identifiable theme and little or no recognition of the reason for the season.

  5. Helen says:

    I liked Hannah's Vintage wintry scene. I agree with Jamie Lynn would have used silver mirror instead to keep the crisp wintry look. The project's are easy enough for my grandchildren to make (using masks to spray paint). They will probably add a snowman.

  6. Melinda says:

    Kim's rustic winter wonderland is my fav…

  7. jami lynn bishop says:

    My FAV is Hannah's Vintage-style Mantle. I just LUV those homemade Yarn Trees & the painted re-purposed glass jar candle holders. The only thing I would have done differently is probably spray paint the over-sized ornate mirror frame to match the rest of the mantle-scapes color palate. FAB job!! : )

  8. mommapoo says:

    I can't believe I'm writing this, but I find ALL the mantels to be blah and uninspiring, and dull. Where's all the color?

  9. Terri says:

    Simple, festive, elegant and classic – Amy's design for #1.


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