List of Upcoming Contests (updated 4/16/15)

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
4/6-6/1 - Crafting 101
4/13-5/25 - K'NEX Contest
4/13-5/4 - Glitter Challenge
4/20-5/11 - Hot Glue Challenge
4/20-6/1 - Backyard Contest
4/27-5/18 - Paleo Recipe Challenge
4/27-5/18 - Earring Challenge
5/4-6/15 - Hiding Places
5/4-5/25 - Duct Tape Challenge

*All contests subject to change.

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PinkBandar5 hours ago

today is 27th may and they hav'nt launched the earring challenge yet.Are the cancelling it?

it is 26th April in USA... wait

www13910 days ago

are you going to have the rods and connectors contest this year? later? in summer?

We are having the K'NEX Contest instead of the Rods and Connectors contest this year!

That's too bad. We were expecting to have the contest in summer and so we haven't finished our ball machine yet. Dang.

You can always make something smaller, or publish a work in progress :)

yeah, good idea! Maybe we'll do that!! :D

Kona-chan3 days ago

oewh hiding places, the art of steath eh?

yeh I can do something with that

Would ear cuffs be eligible for the earring challenge?


Attmos Kiteman3 days ago

LOL, no, seriously, I'm laughing out loud!

Raitis Kiteman7 days ago

As a non-jewellery person this was pretty similar to what I thought about when hearing "ear cuffs"

I'm pretty sure anything that attaches to the ear would be allowed.

Hiding it.

antoniraj14 days ago

Glitter Challenge does not have any description

Now it has...

allie.fauer18 days ago

For the Pi contest, is any tech project acceptable or does it have to use a Raspberry Pi? If any tech project is acceptable, will those completed using a Raspberry Pi be favored?

Any pie themed project or project involving a microcontroller is eligible :)


There isn't much room for preferential treatment pre-finalists. When someone likes a project, they tend to vote for it regardless of how well it fits the contest. Once finalists are revealed and they enter judging, the contest description comes into play a bit more. There are many things a judge considers when scoring a finalist. How well it fits the contest is a consideration, albeit a small one in my opinion. It may make the difference between winning first or grand. Also keep in mind the contest is ultimately about Pi day and not Rasberry Pi.

Corinbw1 month ago

I am heavily confused because this page does not make any sense. I do not want to wait until 2026 for the superfood challenge. None of the dates make any sense like 1/5-1/26. what does that mean anyway? idk maybe my computer is really messed up. if im the only one i will shut up.

jessyratfink (author)  Corinbw1 month ago

They're just standard dates, from the beginning of the 2015.

That would be January 5 - January 26, 2015. It's just easier for us to write them shorthand since there's a lot of info up there. :)

oh my goodness thank you... That is soo nice to know I finally understand the cryptic upcoming contests page

You think you've got trouble ?;¬)

In the UK (and most of the rest of the world) we read the day/month the other way around so we'd write the list as :

16/3-6/4 - Spring Cleaning Challenge
23/3-13/4 - Bike Contest
30/3-22/6 3D Design Contest
30/3-11/5 - Bacon Contest
6/4-27/4 - Snacks Challenge
6/4-1/6 - Crafting 101

i am happy to see this. I also had the lack of initial understanding. all is clear now.

Vyger18 days ago

Is a beverage considered a snack food for the snack contest?


Any word on that 3D Design contest that was supposed to start yesterday?

It's posted! We had a few last minute details that needed to be ironed out, but anything published since Monday is still eligible!

Corinbw27 days ago

will the 3D design contest be up today sometime?

It's launched! We had a few last minute details that needed to be ironed out, but anything published since Monday is still eligible!

goldlego25 days ago

Will there be a LEGO contest to correspond with upcoming K'NEX contest?

The LEGO contest usually runs in the summer.

MissionSRX1 month ago

Are there any updates for the Burn It! contest?

The Burn it contest is gone I cant find it I wonder what is happening?

There's a minor bug that means contests sometimes disappear from view while the finalists are being judged, but the direct link still works:

Does anyone know when the winners for the CNC contest will be announced? I'm excited for it.

They are announced now!

Yeah I saw that.

Actually, there might be a small delay with that contest, but we hope to be able to announce winners later this week!

Not_Tasha1 month ago

The contest description for Pranks isn't up

Should be up now! Sometimes updates take a while when we change things on contest pages. Thanks for catching that!

Tcdevine1 month ago

I think it would be good idea to have a contest where you have to use Velcro. There are so many uses and I bet some of the members would be very creative.

That is a really, really good idea. I hope they do that!

JudeM11 month ago

A possibly good idea might be to have a trick contest where you enter how to do cool tricks on say diabolo or yoyo (or on anything that you can do tricks with) and best trick tutorial wins?

Raitis JudeM11 month ago

Or someone who gets the most people to learn it and show wins. :D

Not_Tasha1 month ago

There isn't a description/directions for the How to Play ____ contest.

"Card games, board games, and video games all have one thing in common -- you have to play by the rules if you want to win. Tell us how you interpret those rules and enter the How to Play ____ Challenge!"

The first entry is a 3D printed NES, so I think this description is loose. Any game related instructable accepted?

Yeah, anything game related, but we are especially looking for instructables explaining rules to popular games.

Teisha2 months 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 Teisha2 months 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 Teisha1 month 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 makendo1 month ago

Good point.

Attmos Teisha2 months ago

That's an awesome idea.

M3G Teisha2 months ago

That's a really cool idea!

Love this idea

ivver1 month ago

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

k00lk0der3 months 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 :)

M3G2 months ago

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

Basically re-use types of things :)

nancyjohns2 months ago

my little brother suggests a spy gear related contest.

I agree!

DIYWEAPONS2 months 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

starforest2 months 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 :)

DangerousTim3 months ago

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

goldlego3 months 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 goldlego3 months ago

Just sponsor things as usual I guess :)

Wired_Mist3 months ago

Any info on the Let's Play contest?

more sports and rec, or gaming? mabye more?

tomatoskins3 months ago

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

www1393 months 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?

DangerousTim3 months ago

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?

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