List of Upcoming Contests (updated 10/6/14)

Hello everyone! It was recently suggested that we should have a list of upcoming contests available on the site. This was something we used to do in our author newsletter, but now it will have a permanent place on the forums. :D

The contests below are already in planning, and I've left off ones that we're still trying to decide on. Big sponsored contests also might not show up on here - sometimes it's a big time crunch at the end, so I won't be able to plan in advance. Keep in mind that the list below is not set in stone. We're always finding fancy new companies to supply prizes so dates are subject to change!

3/31 - 5/26 - Jewelry Contest
3/31 - 4/28 - Egg Contest (egg food and crafts and egg-themed Easter stuff)
4/7 - 5/30 - Green Electronic Challenge (reusing and remaking old, broken and outdated electronics/technology)
4/7 - 6/2 - Gadget Hacking and Accessories Contest
4/21 - 5/19 - Outdoor Survival Contest
4/28 - 5/26 - Raw Food Contest
4/28 - 6/23 - Wedding Contest
5/5 - 6/30 - Green Design (put your reuse projects in here!!)
5/5 - 6/30 - Launch It! Contest
5/5 - 6/30 - Made By Bees Contest (sponsored by Earthjustice)
5/12 - 7/7 - Wheels Contest (bikes will be included here)
5/12 - 6/23 - Leatherworking Contest
5/19 - 7/14 - Pallet Contest
6/2 - 8/25 - Great Outdoors Contest 
6/2 - 8/25 - Hurricane Lasers Contest CANCELLED! Sorry guys, they never followed up.
6/2 - 7/7 - BBQ Contest
6/9 - 9/1 - Epilog 6 Contest (open to anything, win a laser cutter!)
6/9 - 7/21 - Glue Contest (we'll have another one of these coming up, so this one got shortened)
6/9 - 7/25 - Concrete and Casting Contest
6/16 - 7/28 - Hair & Makeup Contest
6/30 - 8/11 - Toy Building Blocks Contest (Lego)
6/30 - 8/11 - Toy Rods and Connectors Contest (K'Nex)
7/7 - 8/4 - Frozen Treats
7/7 - 8/4 - Vintage Contest 
7/14-8/4 - Featured Author Contest: DeandrasCrafts (theme: yarn and thread, needle and hook work, but no sewing!)
8/4-9/15 - Ferrous Chef: Watermelon 
8/11-9/1 - Featured Author Contest: bricobart (theme: beer!)
8/11-9/22 - Hand Tools
8/18-10/13 - Remix! (Do your own spin on an existing Instructable!)
8/25-9/8  - Hunter-Gatherer
8/25-10/6 - DIY University (Dorm Hacks)
9/1-10/13 - Age of Aquariums
9/8-10/20 - Zip It Good! Contest
9/15-11/10 - Halloween Costume Contest
9/15-11/10 - Halloween Props Contest

9/15-11/10 - Halloween Decor Contest
9/15-11/10 - Halloween Food Contest
9/22-10/13 - Uppermost Chef: Apples Challenge
9/22-10/20 - Winterize Challenge
10/6/-11/17 - Super Heros and Super Villains
10/13-11/3 - Pumpkin Challenge
10/27-11/17 - First Time Author Challenge
11/3-1/5 - Wood Contest
11/10-12/1 - Butter Challenge
11/10-1/5 - Winter Wearables
11/10-1/5 - Papercraft
11/17-1/12 - Indoor Gardening Contest
11/17-12/8 - Minecraft Challenge
12/1 - 1/5 - Dessert Contest

*It will be a little while until we update this, but don't worry!  Contests will continue!

Please leave suggestions for prizes here.
You can also leave suggestions about contests here.
Have a contest question? Check the Contest FAQ!


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Any chance of getting the Butter & the Dessert contest to overlap more? Everyone knows butter makes dessert even better!

LD_P9 days ago

Any chance of this list being updated for upcoming contests further into December and January and such? I'd love to start thinking about potential entries that I can make in my university holidays. :)

We are hoping to have more contests posted over the next week or so :)

Thank you! I'm so excited. :)
JM1999 LD_P9 days ago

That would be great.

It seems all the competitions aren't on there - my assertion based on the non-predicted make it glow contest that started the other day.

jessyratfink (author)  JM19998 days ago

We rarely post the sponsored/sold contests beforehand because they are subject to loads of changes since we're working with other large companies. Most everything else will end up on this list, though. :D

OK, that is fine, I am super happy the make it glow contest coincides with the papercraft contest!

jessyratfink (author)  LD_P8 days ago

This is all the team has planned so far - Danger should update it when they've got more scheduled!

vanweb15 days ago

Any word on contests around Christmas? Toys / Gifts etc? I have more time then and also have a special person that needs gifts.. Sometimes the contest inspire me with ideas!

There will be a special judges prize for a toy in the wood contest :)

So there will not be a gift contest this year? :-(

No gift contest, sorry, but we think that entries that would normally be entered into that contest will be able to be entered into other contests that we have going on :)

ibenkos4 days ago

If I winn an contest do I have to pay the shipping?

jessyratfink (author)  ibenkos4 days ago

We pay for shipping! However, if you live outside the US, you might need to pay customs, VAT or other fees upon delivery. It varies quite a bit.

In the US, you should only have to pay taxes on your winnings if it totals $600 or more.

Oh ok, I live in Norway so if i win 1 prize it will be realy expensive!
DIYWEAPONS5 days ago

How many instructables can I enter into a single contest?

You can enter as many as you like, but you can only win with one. If you had more than one end up in the top with votes, the Instructables team would list only the one with the most votes as a finalist. I currently have two in the leather contest and am currently working on two more, so hopefully by the end of the contest I will have four ibles in one contest.

Thanks I pretty much thought that would be the case but I thought I should check as I am hoping to have at least 10 ibles in the minecraft contest which starts in December.
pucksurfer9 days ago

I feel like the first time author contest is just going to be a bunch of current members, creating a new or temporary account, and posting an instructable, with very few first time authors.

After a couple years of making instructables I finally got my best friend to make one! She's a comic book artist and illustrator and when I told her about the Heroes and Villains contest she decided to finally get involved. It will be her first one, so she'll be entering the first time author contest as well.

You're not terribly paranoid to worry about this, but most people really are honest. Besides, winners never cheat and cheaters never win.

jessyratfink (author)  pucksurfer8 days ago

It will definitely be a challenge, but rest assured we have lots of ways to check for cheaters. :D

I don't envy Danger having to pick finalists for that contest - it's gonna be tough!!

I don't think I know of anymore new diyers ;-) I've introduced more than 10 members to instructables and of them 6 have put up instructables. The others even though they have enormous talent simply can't take up the challenge of writing an instructably!

Awesome! My sister and her boyfriend are going to make an Instructable and I was worried that the staff might think I was cheating by making another account because we share the same address.

Exactly, that was my very first thought.

My second thought was to get my siblings and parents to create accounts and I would post the projects on them.

There is no real foolproof way of moderating something like this.

Having said that, I am encouraging my brother to join and start publishing his work.

JM199910 days ago

Make it glow is back, YAY!!!!!

My entry will appear at the opening of the papercraft contest, I have been planning it for a month now!

mikael bl14 days ago

can we do paitions to bring back canceled contests for example have 500 members sign something to bring back canceled contests.

Some contests got cancelled because sponsors fell through, but others we just had to postpone. We can only run a limited number of contests at a time due to time and budgetary constraints but we always love to hear from authors! If you have any contests suggestions you can post them here

DIYWEAPONS17 days ago

When will the next hunter gather-great outdoors-outdoor survival type contest be??

Probably not until next year. We have the contest schedule pretty well planned through the end of this year right now.

All right, thanks for letting me know
vanweb15 days ago

Any word on contests around Christmas? Toys / Gifts etc? I have more time then and also have a special person that needs gifts.. Sometimes the contest inspire me with ideas!

Alternative therapy contest?

DIYWEAPONS1 month ago

Will there be a pocket sized, minature or any kind of small things themed contest any time soon?

We have something like this on the list for the future!

Thanks, i had better get thinking for a new project.

That would be interesting!

AnnaW226 days ago

Are These Contests In 2014 or 2015? Or Did I Miss Them?

JM1999 AnnaW226 days ago

All these contests are 2014.

I'm sure the list will be updated soon to display 2015 contests though.

The only ones on this list that haven't been run yet are the following:

October 6th through November 17th - Super Heros and Super Villains
October 13th through November 3rd - Pumpkin Challenge
November 3rd through January 5th - Wood Contest
November 10th through December 1st - Butter Challenge
November 10th through January 5th - Winter Wearables
November 10th through December 22nd - Papercraft
November 17th through January 12th - Indoor Gardening Contest
November 17th through December 8th - Minecraft Challenge
December 1st through December 29th - Dessert Challenge

The butter challenge will be exciting ;D. Can't wait to see the projects everyone makes!

lindarose921 month ago

Can we also enter projects made with artificial leather in the new Leather Goods Contest?

Yes, faux leather is allowed! :)

Good to know :) Thanks!

Neat, I'm sure there are plenty of people out there that don't have access to real leather.

That is a really good point!

I'm glad you brought it up.

shazni1 month ago

I think the Hand tools contests is excellent as most people don't have CNC, lazers , bandsaws on such. So the regular person can actually try most of these projects. Thanks for putting this up instructables :-)

Yes, it has been a huge success and it's been so cool to see what everyone has made without CNC tools. It's incredible!

DIYWEAPONS1 month ago
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We had to postpone it, but we will have a rubber band challenge sometime in the future!

I'm working on a good one and got worried also. Can't wait!

Cool, looking forward to seeing what you make :)

JM19991 month ago

YAY! apples!

an wood and paper craft...

So happy about the apples, I will get to publish my 7 Instructables now!!

On the downside, I just made my favorite paper craft :(

Can't wait to see what you made with apples!

I wouldn't be too excited, I only think one of the projects will be feature worthy.

JM1999 JM19991 month ago

Change that, I don't think any of them are feature worthy !:(

The one in mind was the apple mouth that I posted.

BrittLiv1 month ago

So there is no toy contest this year? :-(

The wood contest will probably have a judges' prize for wooden toys also :)

Cool, sounds fun!

JM1999 BrittLiv1 month ago

They had knex, lego and woodworking contests instead.

Hello when will the next youth contest be?

We don't have one scheduled yet, but I'll put it on the list for the future :)

Thank you so much! I have never won any contests yet and I think I have a better chance if the people that I am competing against are the same age as me.

You have posted some cool projects! Don't get discouraged :)

Danger is right, never give up.

I have never won anything, have posted twice as many 'ibles as you and only have half the amount of views you have, consider yourself great!

Thank you Danger, and JM1999!

That is totally fine!

Mo0k1 month ago

Why Rubber Band Contest marked as "*subject to change"?
Love this contest.

It had to get postponed, but we will be having a rubber band challenge sometime in the future :)

lindarose922 months ago

I'm so excited about your own contest Jessy, I love the theme!! Does the entry need to be about both cats and embroidery at once, or it can be about one only?

jessyratfink (author)  lindarose922 months ago

Either/or! Though the judges' prize will be for entries that combine embroidery and cats :D

Did you guys cancel this contest??? I have been working on something. Sure hope it is still on! I was excited like Linda because it was yours!


Sorry, it looks like we aren't going to be running Jessy's contest when we thought we would. We should have other fiber arts contests coming up though, so sit tight! :)

Thanks Danger,

I hope Jessy can do the contest later on. I totally understand that this list is not in stone and the list will change along the way. I do appreciate the list in advance because I have noticed there haven't been a lot of cancelled contest and it does benefit all of us to know in advance whats coming up. Thanks for the list!


I know, I try to announce things as far in advance as I can and hopefully after this Thursday I'll be able to update the list again!

Looking forward to the updates. Thanks for all your hard work!


It's updated now :)

What happened to the apple contest?

I have 7 instructables waiting to be posted and I can't see the contest anymore:(

Sit tight, I think it will still happen :)

I haven't deleted anything yet and I am hoping it will come through too!

Oh :O Please don't cancel it!!

Great! I've been working on a cat project so that contest will be perfect for it :D I can't wait!

I've got a lot of projects about cats, having a 4 months old kitty! Please, do this contest!

JB11952 months ago

There should be a contest just for making props.Like prop swords,prop guns,or just anything prop related........Thoughts?

We have a Halloween props contest that launched today! Any instructable published since the last Halloween contest is eligible!

Triclaw JB11952 months ago

check the Halloween contest

Brooklyntonia2 months ago

Any clue as to when the next jewelry contest will be?

I don't have a date yet, but I'll keep it on our list of ideas!

I just saw the wear it contest! That will work for now. Thanks

Great, looking forward to seeing your entries!

what criteria do you judge these projects on

There's some good info in the Contest FAQ

Hope that helps!

Lena142 months ago

rubber band contest yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jazzmyn2 months ago

there should be a duck tape contest! And the judges Prize should be using one full roll of duct tape or a project made solely of duck tape!

mile stone2 months ago

Does the current contest "FEATURED AUTHOR CONTEST: BRICOBART" include wine making?

DangerousTim3 months ago

isn't the number of technology related contests a little less now? I was hoping for more...

We still have a bunch of tech contests, but they are sponsored contests so details are still getting worked out and they aren't on this list yet. Don't worry, there are some good ones coming up :)

OMG there definitely is a good contest - the little bits tech contest. Its just downright awesome! Thanks for conducting such a terrific contest!!! :D

You're welcome! We do our best!

So is the Band Contest a looming contest or what?

It will be anything that involves rubber bands, so yes, rainbow loom projects will be included.

Thank you! Can't even wait!=)

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