List of Upcoming Contests (updated 3/26/14)

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!

2/24 - 5/19 - Scientific Method Contest (our science fair!)
3/3 - 3/31 - Pi Day Pie Contest
3/10 - 4/21 - April Fools'
3/10 - 6/2 - Homesteading & Gardening
3/17 - 5/12 - Pet Contest (sponsored by Petcube!)
3/17 - 5/12 - Robot Contest
3/24 - Power Tool Kitchen Contest (show us your best uses of power tools in the kitchen!)
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4/7 - 5/30 - Green Electronic Challenge (reusing and remaking old, broken and outdated electronics/technology)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
5/26 - 8/18 - Great Outdoors Contest 
6/2 - 8/25 - Hurricane Lasers Contest
6/2 - 7/7 - BBQ Contest
6/9 - 8/4 - Glue Contest
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 

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Picture of List of Upcoming Contests (updated 3/26/14)
stevemoseley14 hours ago

Is there any chance of getting the list of upcoming projects updated soon?

jessyratfink (author)  stevemoseley8 hours ago

Not for a bit! Though I can tell you that in the fall we're planning to be running large category based contests (something we've never tried before!) and Halloween - I've yet to get started on them, though!

Still working through prizes, sponsors and legal paperwork for the summer ones. :)

I'm not sure what you mean by category based contests. Could you give me an example? You got my attention.

Mr_o_uk2 days ago

What's "Green Design"? Is that things that have a green use, or recycling/upcycling items?

jessyratfink (author)  Mr_o_uk8 hours ago

Both! Check out last year's contest to get a better idea. :)

booboobear5 days ago

How about a "Weather Disaster" Contest. Think Hurricane, Tornado, Tsunami, Floodng, Blizzard, Polar Vortex (UGH!) etc. How to prepare for them. How to survive them. How to stay safe.

jessyratfink (author)  booboobear4 days ago

We have thought about this one! We will be having a survival contest soon, but might have a more specific one in the future. :)

Will there be a fashion contest this year?

jessyratfink (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz4 days ago

We don't have one planned right now! We have been considering a swimsuit /swimwear contest, though.

Damutsch4 days ago

What's the difference between the 4/7 - 5/30 - Green Electronic Challenge and the 5/5 - 6/30 - Green Design? And what are the prizes for the later going to be?

jessyratfink (author)  Damutsch4 days ago

Very similar, but Green Design has a wider scope that will include more than just tech projects. It's also a little more "high" design and home stuff - see last year's contest for more info.

We're still finalizing the prizes, but it looks like we'll have solar panels, water filters and other useful outdoorsy stuff!

Creating a project or invention takes:

1% inspiration

99% perspiration

Which means these various contests take you more time to build, than to think.

nathan nash10 days ago

For the Gadget Hacking and Accessories Contest would I be able to use a pen as the gadget.

The Pi day will be epic next year... 3/14/15 ( pi = 3.1415...)

Look forward to it in the US only they arrange the date in different order overseas.

Interesting. Maybe that can be the new "end of the world" date since the Myan calander date was a bust.

Vyger Vyger24 days ago

Everything comes "full circle".

At 9:26......

Haha, indeed it will! Good spot :-)

4/21 - 5/19 - Outdoor Survival Contest YYYYEEESSSSSS!!!!!!! DAMN IT!!!!!

Mackena15 days ago

I'd love to see the current and finished contests having live links in this list.

Kiteman Mackena13 days ago

Scroll all the way up...

gsyme1313 days ago

Have a home foods contest. be just stuff u make at home.

Ringer151517 days ago

The only good ones where leather and survival and outdoors :(

arpruss25 days ago

Is this list up-to-date? It says it was posted in March 2013?

jessyratfink (author)  arpruss25 days ago

Yup! I can't change the posted date listed on the right, but it is up to date so far this year.

What about a "Eating" contest????

Guess there'll be a lot of participants in that......

What about a 3d paper contest. Paper art is huge now

I think it would be cool if there was maybe a greeting card contest... or a paint contest!

Their are many internet groups made of greeting card artist. I think this would be big

action pig1 month ago

Clock contests are always fun...

Yes clocks

Brennn101 month ago

Third wave coffee shops are popping up more and more around the country. What if you guys ran a Coffee themed contest? Everything from roasting to brewing!

The links in the last two sentences seem to be broken.

jessyratfink (author)  emilyvanleemput1 month ago


( I fixed them. :D )



I think that it is just text undelined, with no hyperlink.

Would the hair and makeup contest incude hair accessories?

jessyratfink (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz1 month ago

Nope - just hair styling this year! We're especially looking for braiding and up-dos. :)

Ohw, awesome! it'll be fun :)

AndyGadget1 month ago

A few ideas which I don't remember seeing as previous competitions. Some of these would be good as short-run competitions.

TIME - Anything to do with keeping time, measuring time, telling the time of day, telling the age of something, the effect of time, travelling in time etc.

BALLS - Any project which consists of or uses one or more spherical objects.

USELESS - A moving device which has absolutely no practical purpose apart from being in some way intriguing or entertaining. (Not Chindogu - that's too useful, sort of.)

LIQUIDS - A project which operates in or uses a liquid as a main part of its operation.

CREATURE COMFORTS - Animal homes for pets or wild animals.

TABLETOP/BOARDGAMES - Great idea, already mentioned below.

FRUIT - Do something interesting with a banana, et al.

nerd74731 month ago

I would like to see a computer hardware as well as softwere contest

gsyme131 month ago

You should totally have a lego competition

Check the dates above (hint: end of June)

hunter9991 month ago

Yay! Toy rods and connectors is returning! :-)

Just got rid of all my 50lb of knex!

Hehe, what kind of K'nex creations did you build then? :-)

You name it, we built it!

we built all the things I name here and way more: big ball machine, tanks, tractors, unstoppable vehicles, crossbows, guns, launchers, a set of working scales, the power tower crane, big ball factory remix, power tower crane remix, big ball+power tower crane (together in one giant ball machine!), semi trailers, big rigs, 4ft submarine, helicopters, jet airplanes, prop planes, a V8 super car (like what goes around NASCAR), a unicycle, a crane that lifted over 20lbs, 6ft Ferris wheel, musical Ferris wheel, dinosaurs, every build with instructions on K', the K-Rotator :) and of course we built the Roadster! Most of the stuff we built was very unique and I regret not taking pics of some of the better creations.

In bold means we had instructions, in italics means we had a tiny picture to go by (tiny = 1 inch X 1 inch ).

jargabrite1 month ago

how about a steampunk themed contest can have different catagories like jewelry, clothing, machinary, etc. With steampunk all the rage now this could generate alot of entries

I hope there's a Fashion contest coming! :)

Attmos1 month ago

Will the Halloween contest be open to previous instructables again this year?

jessyratfink (author)  Attmos1 month ago

It will! The start date will be the day after the contests ended last year. I feel like it might be November 11 or 12? I'll have to double check, ha!

Sweet! Thanks.
jessyratfink (author) 1 month ago

Hi everyone! We cemented most of our Q2 contest schedule today.

I've included the contests we have all the details for now, but we'll have additional ones showing up later (hopefully lots of tech and workshop!) once we close some deals with sponsors, so keep checking back! :)

This is awesome Jessy :) Thank you so much. You are the best Contest Manager :D.


when is the bicycle contest?

jessyratfink (author)  veryrealperson1 month ago

Unless one comes in through sales or sponsored, we won't be having just a bike contest, but I've got a Wheels Contest scheduled!

I should be updated the contest calendar for another three months very soon!

SlickSqueegie2 months ago

I dunno, maybe its because we waited so long for the woodworking contest... those prizes leave a lot to be desired... I think a craig pocket hole system would have been a much better prize than a extremely specialized plate jointer. and really? an electric handplane? Why not go with better more traditional tools or something really big and nice? I really expected much more especially with the long wait we have had...

I'm actually kinda excited for the planer. I wanna convert it to desktop model and make an instructable about it. (unsafe as it may be....)
For the record I do contests for the "peer accolations", and the prize is secondary

jessyratfink (author)  SlickSqueegie2 months ago

Sadly, we have a very tiny budget to run contests on so we had to balance our choices against that and make sure that everyone who won got a little something.

I'm sorry you're not excited about the prizes this time, but we wanted to offer a nice rounded kit of tools including some uncommon ones, which I think we accomplished. We figured nearly every woodworker would have a ton of different saws!

This won't be the last contest we have in this vein though, so can you suggest prizes for later workshop contests for us here?

ctx19851 month ago

How about a desk or coffee table contest? I've seen so many awesome and unique Instructables based around that idea. Just a thought :)

I'm in! I got a CNC machine and a head full of ideas. I usually need a contest to spark the motivation. Odd how that works...

Pocketsized Contest!!!!!!!!

I don't think we're going to do a Pocket Sized Contest again since lately it always turns into "shove things in an Altoid tin!" or "borderline-not-really-pocket-sized-project-that-you-would-never-actually-carry-with-you" :P

But we are going to shift the theme and try a Big and Small contest - take a normal sized object and make it big or small! :D

Lol! Thanks for the reply!

Vyger1 month ago

How about a space ship contest. They don't have to be working, just interesting concepts and models, future designs. Two categories, one being 2D on paper either drafted plans or nice paintings/drawings and one category for 3D models made of any material. Cool, a flying brick spaceship.

jessyratfink (author)  Vyger1 month ago

We keep talking about having another space themed contest - but I think it's something we'll need a sponsor for. It's definitely on our list, though!

Vyger Vyger1 month ago

Another thought, you could try and get SpaceX or Virgin to be the sponsor. Maybe they could even put up a ticket to space for the prize. Now that would generate a few entries.

Survival stuff contest!!!!!

agreed their needs to be more survival contests


Invent a Game Contest: Board games, table top RPGs, backyard games, party games. Just invent a brand new game.

Why +1? I +1000000 on this idea! (1000000=million, equivalent to a million +1's)

ASCAS1 month ago

How about another "Boombotix Contest" :))

Sadi7891 month ago

Hi, I just wanted to suggest a Homestuck or MSPA themed contest! Maybe we could offer that What Pumpkin (MSPA's store) could sponsor the contest or something. I would definitely enter. There aren't very many MSPA themed instructables, but there's certainly a market for them.

There will be any contest avaliable in Brazil?

The Animator2 months ago

I love all the contest ...great fun and encourages me to make more Instructables...I have used lots myself in the past...I also can't believe there are ANY prizes...makes it even more fun ...woo hop top banana !!!

Jewelry contest!!! (´ヮ`)

Right behind ya :D

I can't wait! :D

Eagerly waiting! :D

I know right! :D

Does the Full Spectrum Laser contest mean that Epilogue has dropped off the radar?

jessyratfink (author)  cunning_fellow2 months ago

I can't say for sure! We could partner again with them later, but so far this year we haven't worked anything out. :)

AngryRedhead2 months ago

A quick bloody mary contest with creative bloody mary mixes and crazy garnishes?

I see your bloody mary and raise you a sriracha caesar.

Are you throwing down a sriracha caesar bloody mary gauntlet? If so, challenge accepted!!

sure, if the contest happens, I'm your huckleberry. But seeing how you have crushed the cocktail contest with 57 ridiculously photogenic entries, that was remarkably foolish of me... :)

I'm pretty sure the last time we both entered a cocktails contest, you beat me. :P

Mmm... yes, on second thoughts, these laurels are pretty comfortable

JM19992 months ago

What about a contest where you can enter old instructables?

Or a winners contest where you compile the winners of previous contests and judge them?

Yay! Robots! Anyone else as excited as me?

I'm thinking something to make life easier for my family, that or a home defense robot

I am! I have my idea ready to go.
Yeah, same. I am thinking about a combat one, though I might go out of my way to do something a little more special. How about you?

A robot costume with an interactive robot helmet/mask. Lights, music and iPod interface. I can't wait.

ASCAS2 months ago

4/7 - 6/2 - Green Design!

Ibles is the best! :>

RJM20012 months ago

When is the bike contest going to commence?

When can we expect the launch of VDAY Contest :]


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