List of Upcoming Contests (updated 2/27/15)

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!

1/5-2/16 - On a Budget Contest
1/5-1/26 - Superfood Challenge
1/12-4/6 - Explore Science Contest
1/12-2/2 - Rubber Band Challenge
1/19-3/16 - Small Spaces Contest
1/19-2/9 - Tailgate Challenge
2/2-2/23 - Date Night Dinners Challenge
2/2-3/30 - DIY Audio and Music Contest (sponsored)
2/2-2/23 - Ring Challenge
2/9-4/6 - Apocalypse Preparedness Contest
2/9-3/23 - Guerilla Design Contest
2/16-3/16 - CNC Challenge
2/16-3/16 - Tool Maintenance Challenge
2/23-4/20 - Pi Day Pie/Raspberry Pi Contest
2/23-3/16 - Home Remedy
3/2-3/23 - Necklace Challenge
3/2-4/13 - Pets and Animals Contest
3/9-3/30 - How to Play a Game Challenge
3/9-4/20 - Automation Contest
3/16-4/6 - Bracelet Challenge
3/16-4/6 - Spring Cleaning Challenge
3/23-4/13 - Bike Contest
3/23-4/13 - Prank Challenge
3/23-4/13 - Egg Challenge
3/30-6/22 - 3D Design Contest
3/30-5/11 - Bacon Contest
4/6-4/27 - Snacks Challenge

*All contests subject to change.

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Teisha8 days ago

Just throwing this out there - I think it'd be awesome to have a "second chance" contest, where users can submit older projects that they previously made. It'd also be an interesting way to showcase some of the "very best" 'ibles...

It sounds a lot like the Remix contest from not that long ago. In fact, I think you could have easily entered a remix of one of your own ibles in that contest if you wanted to. That being said, the Remix Contest was totally fun and I'd love to see it pop up again.

Teisha Teisha5 days ago

Thinking about it some more - maybe it'd be good to limit it to 'ibles that haven't won a contest before? There'd definitely need to be some restrictions to keep it from being a 20,000+ entry lottery :)

You are right. But for this sort of contest there will need to be a lot more limits then the instructables that have not won contests. There would be still a really lot of instructables that could enter.

Attmos Teisha2 days ago

Maybe limit it to instructables that have accumulated less than a certain number of views.

That's a fun idea! I'll see if there's a way we can swing it

20,000 entries later "let's make it a lottery" :)

Attmos makendo2 days ago

Good point.

Attmos Teisha5 days ago

That's an awesome idea.

M3G Teisha6 days ago

That's a really cool idea!

Love this idea


How about contest about walking robots (hexapod, octopod, etc.. ) ?

k00lk0der1 month ago

Is there a raspberry pi contest in this year

Yes! In honor of pie day :)

What are the prizes

Maybe Raspberry Pi 2!

You'll have to wait and see! I can say though, we have a great prize provider :)

M3G1 month ago

Guerilla design, now THAT sounds interesting... What's that contest going to be about?

Basically re-use types of things :)

nancyjohns1 month ago

my little brother suggests a spy gear related contest.

I agree!

DIYWEAPONS1 month ago

Will the apocalypse preparedness challenge be mainly about a zombie apocalpse or other things as well?

I'm hoping it's mainly zombies - Big fan of The Walking Dead.

Me too although the kind of weapons i make would probably be useless against zombies.

It's open to preparing for any type of apocalypse! :D

starforest1 month ago

Will there be a fabric contest?

We just had the Winter Wearables contest and we will have a craft contest coming up later this spring :)

So what's the deal with the Enchanted Objects contest?

That and the wall overhaul contest. It's been a little less than a month since judging ended.

They put up finalists for the wall overhaul yesterday, so the winners will likely be announced in a few days. Basically, they just entered judging. Choosing finalists must have been held up by the sponsor.

Both the Wall Overhaul and Enchanted Objects contests are sponsored contests, which Audreyobscura runs. You can find her here:

We run some contests with big sponsors, meaning we have to wait for approval before announcing finalists and winners. Sorry for the delay!

The wall overhaul contest was held up by Olympic paint, they had to approve the finalists or something. At least that's what the email sent said. :) Don't know about the other one.

What email? I didn't see an email.

The email that was sent out to the finalists.

Will the CNC challege be for instructables showing how to make a CNC machine (ex.3D Printer) or will it be for instructables showing how to make something using a CNC machine (ex.3D Printed design)?

I think it will cover both of those things :)

what's with the make it glow contest???

goldlego1 month ago

Does anyone know what's going on with the Make it Glow contest? It says its closed but the neither the finalists nor the winners have been announced...

There's a whole post about this topic.

Raitis goldlego1 month ago

Just sponsor things as usual I guess :)

Wired_Mist1 month ago

Any info on the Let's Play contest?

more sports and rec, or gaming? mabye more?

tomatoskins1 month ago

Are bungie cords or surgical tubing allowed in the Rubber Band Challenge?

www1391 month ago

are you going to do a rods and connectors contest??!! please do it!

Are we going to see a books-to-life contest this year? Or a boat contest? It's not that I have a project that would cover both, or anything like that . . .

Home gym project contest?

I love your contests Instructables!!!!! I'd like to suggest something- why don't you sent a certificate for each prize one gets? That way these prizes will be given importance and recognised as an extracurricular achievement. It will be a great favour for students like me!!!


It seems like a fair amount of trouble to actually print and mail these, since contest prizes aren't personalized. However, it might not be too much trouble to send you an email with a printable version.

I like this idea, would be a cool add-on to a prize pack.

I like the idea of some sort of certificate to nail to a workshop wall or use for whatever other reasons as Tim mentioned.

Won't there be any Valentine's Day Contest this year?

Well we have a Date Night and Ring Contest. Definitely Valentines day related, but not quite on the nose.

Thanks!! I would miss the original VDay Contest.

kama791 month ago

I can not add my Intructables to the contest

On A Budget Contest

Looks like you're in the contest pending review. I just approved you so you should be good to go.
Remember all entries have to be reviewed by a person before being accepted to a contest. Pending doesn't mean you're not in, just that the admins haven't found you yet.

Oh ok thanks and apology

k00lk0der1 month ago

whats the Explore Science and the Small Space Contest

I am unable to link my instructables to the SUPER FOOD CONTEST. Please advice. Thank you.

Which of your instructables do you want to enter into the contest? We can only allow entries that were published on Jan 5th and after. Are you getting any kind of error message?

Yeah, I published it on 5th Jan only. I have 2 instructables that I would want to link to Super Food Contest. Please see links below:



Alright they're both in now! Looks like you hit a slight glitch in our system, it's all fixed now! Good luck!

Oh great! Thank you for the quick response and quick fix.

Kiteman1 month ago

Hmm, what's the "explore science" contest going to involve?

Attmos1 month ago

Am I missing something? Why, all of a sudden, has everyone gone "swing" crazy? Just curious.

I was noticing the same thing. They all seem to be portable in one way or another.

They're all part of the same industrial design class. They got an assignment to make a swing that was easy to carry around and set up. The teacher directed them to upload an instructable and is grading them on their projects. Some of them are quite unique.

Ha, I was just about to ask that same question.

(Thinking out loud, if old-style groups were still active, the teacher could have collected all the projects there.)

How cool is that....

I wish Instructables had been around when I was in school. Cool teacher.

CreativeFix1 month ago

I can't wait for the pupaet contest! :D

Not_Tasha1 month ago

Is the "On a Budget" Contest still happening? Will the contest list be updated soon?


It will go live later today :)

Contest and updated list going live today? :) Excited to plan new entries!

updated list is updated :)

Please remember all contests are subject to change for a variety of reasons, but it should give you an idea of what's coming down the pipe and let you prepare a little ahead of time :D


sadyal2 months ago

whats the superfood contest

Miniboom2 months ago

Do you have any idea when the K'nex challenge is on. Because I can't wait to enter one.

JM1999 Miniboom2 months ago

The knex challenge for this year has been and gone, it should be next year around the same sort of time.

Try looking out for it around June next year, that is when the last one was on.

Miniboom JM19992 months ago

Cool, I just wanted the sort of date, so thanks!

JM1999 Miniboom2 months ago

That's totally fine, I'm glad I could help!

Not_Tasha2 months ago

How strict are we on the types of jars that are considered Mason Jars? Specifically have to say Mason, or are other brands and shapes fine too? I have a ton of these (along with varying size Mason) different canning jars. Thanks!

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No glass tops as in the contest picture? Thanks!!!

Any types of jars will be allowed into the contest, we just had a quick pow wow and that's where we landed!

What about these? Thanks!

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Well that's a bottle I'm pretty sure. Try to looks for something that doesn't have a neck.

Awesome! Thanks!!!

lime3D2 months ago

The 'Enter' link on the Protected Contest does not work

There is definitely something wrong with that page. Not only does the link not work, but the links that are at the top right of EVERY page for log in are not there either.

Still not working.

JM1999 lime3D2 months ago

You can double check it by hovering the mouse over the "follow" button, a white URL line should appear in the bottom left corner of the screen.

If you hover the mouse over the "enter" button no link shows up, you are totally correct.

elyk_ih JM19992 months ago

the follow key works

elyk_ih lime3D2 months ago

thats wierd

AnnaW24 months ago

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

JM1999 AnnaW24 months 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

elyk_ih JM19992 months ago

thats not true

vanweb2 months ago

The first prize picture for does not match the prize list...

More Cowbell3 months ago

Great job on a really good mix of current contests.

Thanks! It's nice to get feedback when we are doing well and not just when people are displeased! :D

vanweb3 months ago

On the Homemade gifts contest is a gift that you design but that you send to an online 3d printing company (Shapeways) to actually "make" considered "homemade"?

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