List of Upcoming Contests (updated 4/26/16)


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!

4/25 - 6/6 - Sensors Contest
4/25 - 6/6 - Slow Food Contest
5/2 - 6/27 - Wedding Contest
5/2 - 6/13 - 
Internet of Things Contest
5/9 - 6/20 - Make it Fly Contest
5/9 - 6/20 - Reclaimed Wood Contest
5/16 - 7/11 - 
Renewable Energy Contest
5/16 - 7/11 - Outdoor Structures Contest
5/23 - 7/4 - 
Automation Contest
5/23 - 7/4 - Rainbow Contest
5/30 - 6/27 - Wildlife Challenge
5/30 - 6/27 - 
Cat Challenge
5/30 - 6/27 - Dog Challenge
6/6 - 8/1 - Homebrew Contest
6/6 - 8/29 - Outside Contest
6/6 - 7/28 - Quilling Contest
6/13 - 7/11 - DIY Summer Camp Challenge
6/13 - 8/8 - Space Contest
6/20 - 8/15 - Harry Potter Contest
6/20 - 7/18 - T-Shirt Transformations Challenge
6/27 - 7/25 - Craigslist Challenge
6/27 - 7/25 - Outdoor Cooking Challenge
7/4 - 8/15 - Heros and Villains Contest
7/4 - 8/15 - Summer Fun Contest
7/11 - 8/8 - Metal Contest
7/11 - 8/8 - Footwear Challenge
7/18 - 8/29 - Low Water Gardening
7/18 - 9/12 - Leatherworking Contest
7/25 - 9/19 - Wood Contest
7/25 - 9/5 - Makerlympics Contest
8/1 - 9/26 - Canning and Pickling Contest
8/1 - 9/26 - Backyard Contest
8/8 - 10/3 - Apocalypse Preparedness Contest
8/8 - 10/3 - Drones Contest
8/15 - 10/10 - Solar Contest
8/15 - 9/12 - Stuffed Animals Challenge
8/22 - 10/17 - Clay Contest

*All contests subject to change.

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Hi everyone, in an effort to make contests easier to keep track of, we are starting to post all contests on Facebook! If you're a facebook user, you can subscribe the Instructables events page here https://www.facebook.com/instructables/events which will be updated with current contests!

We can also do something similar on Pinterest if people would be interested! Let me know!

I can not WAIT until this Craigslist contest comes out!!!!

so will this list not be updated?

Don't worry, we will still keep this page as updated as we can!

Please update this list!

It's been done! (shakes imaginary air maracas)

Hot dog!

ptkrf jʎɐɹ-ɾ4 months ago


Yeah I'm fine with watching this site, but expansion is cool.

I'm a fan of this page, easier to catch changes/updates.

Don't worry, we will still keep this page as updated as we can!

I'd be interested in this forum being updated.?!


You are now going to get a series of +1's :)

Attmos Yonatan244 months ago




Not_Tasha Attmos4 months ago



Is there any information on upcoming contests yet? Will they be added to the FB page? Can the FB list highlight the newest contests? Can I sort the FB list to find the newest contests? Right now it's difficult to do any planning when submitting projects.

The facebook page is great, but it doesn't have upcoming contests. I only see current and past contests. Please update this list, pretty please.


They're still finalizing the contests for 2016. They should have them up once they know what we will be running for sure :)

BrittLiv27 days ago

"Heroes and Villains Contest" Yay!

Just as a point of interest, the Egg Contest is shown here as running from 4/4 - 5/2. I only mention it because when I last looked at the list and saw this, I got excited, thinking I must have written the date down wrong and I did still have some time to enter a project. It was very disappointing to find the contest on the "being judged" list this morning.

I'm sorry, but all contests are subject to change as we sometimes run into unforseen issues that force us to make last minute changes.

No problem, I understand. Sorry for complaining, I was just feeling a little cranky that day. I have a little bit of an obsession with decorating eggs, and I've had my eye on those egg bots for awhile now. But it was past time to let go and move on anyway.

List updated 4/26/16

Please remember that changes could be made at any time to the contests listed above. We may not run one of them listed, we may run one that isn't listed, and the dates may change.

The Sensors contest page (countdown clock and create paragraph) looks like it has May 6 for end date. The fine print in the rules and above say 6/6. Needs correction to be a challenge or long contest.

Updated. Contest pages are right, this forum topic is not. Always trust contest pages over this forum topic. This is just so people can try to plan ahead, but we can't guarantee that this list will always be right :)

The tiny super duper fine print in the official rules still needs an edit and dates when winners selected...

Deadline. The Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PT)/8:00 a.m. GMT on April 25, 2016 (the "Start Date"). Entries for the Contest must be received by Sponsor by no later than 11:59 p.m. PT on June 06, 2016 /7:59am GMT on June 06, 2016 (the "Deadline")

Everything has been updated. Thanks for catching that, it is June, not May.

Not_Tasha1 month ago


Not_Tasha1 month ago

Updates? Thanks!

Yonatan241 month ago

So there win't be a Craigslist challenge?

Attmos1 month ago

I was really interested in finding out what the Craigslist contest was.

www1392 months ago

Are you going to have the k'nex contest?

Fathomlis2 months ago

A Breakfast contest would be nice!

Fathomlis2 months ago

What will the gaming contest be about?

Fathomlis3 months ago

Thanks for the Update!

Yonatan243 months ago

Finally! :)

Thanks for the update!

Not_Tasha3 months ago

YAY! Thank you!!!

List has been updated.

Thank you!!

www1393 months ago

it's februray and it's showing contests for december... :?

jʎɐɹ-ɾ4 months ago

This list could REALLY use an update. Pretty please?

Not_Tasha4 months ago

Just got an email about the Tech Contest winners and in it, the link to this page was given for brainstorming and prepping for upcoming contests.

FaceBook also hasn't been updated

Yonatan244 months ago

I don't see any upcoming contests on the FB page...

Instructables contests are not ending?????????

jessyratfink (author)  Gursimran Singh 4254 months ago

Nope! Check this list for more info:


Is this list no longer being maintained, then?

jessyratfink (author)  Kiteman4 months ago

No idea, honestly. You'd have to ask Danger to be sure! I'm just trying to make sure people are looking in the right place (which looks like Facebook right now). :)

It doesn't seem like the Facebook events are updated all that often.

jessyratfink (author)  Not_Tasha4 months ago

I'm assuming since they have January and February up there, that's all they've planned so far. I'm sure more will come after the break - it's absolutely impossible to get anything done in December usually!

Thibault Art4 months ago

Can someone reassure me to say that there is going to be a next K'nex Contest this year?? I'm working on a project for already 1.5 years just for that contest.

Yonatan245 months ago

So sad... That an update is needed... :(

Attmos5 months ago

OK Danger. I know you're busy but....

it would be pretty good...

There is a zip tie challenge and a sew warm contest coming up

Yes thanks I saw that on the facebook page

So, I can learn more about this site on facebook than I can on THIS site?

Hey be nice!

Yonatan245 months ago

"12/14-2/8 - Brave the Elements Contest"-

Is this supposed to be only for projects that involve the periodic table of elements?

usually "saying brave the elements" means enduring harsh weather

Wonder whether Id be able to enter my animals (made from Bubble Wrap) in the competition Animal Innovations? Not sure and also I am from South Africa and probably not eligible for any prices then either?

see kiteman's comment here http://www.instructables.com/answers/Can-I-take-part-in-Instructables-contests-although/

Kiteman6 months ago

I've just noticed... there don't seem to be any contests next year??

Attmos Kiteman6 months ago

Is that a subtle warning to us that they're ending, or a subtle reminder to update the list? :)

Kiteman Attmos6 months ago

Hopefully the latter...

makendo Kiteman6 months ago

And it seems they didn't make it to the end of the list - Furniture Hacks hasn't materialized. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted

Yonatan24 makendo6 months ago

What do you mean by "materialized"?

I've asked a question about this contest and still no-one has replied :(

It says the furniture hacks contest opens on Nov 23rd.

makendo Yonatan246 months ago

I just meant it hadn't shown up yet - I was mostly just kidding with the others who were expressing mock concern that contests might be over. Re: your question - I suspect that the contest will involve modification of any piece of furniture to somehow improve it for your purposes.

Attmos makendo6 months ago

Well, they waited until almost all of the contests were over until the list was updated last time... I'm optimistic!

Raitis Kiteman6 months ago

Well, that would be an abrupt stop, hope that isn't the case. :)


Look at the dates - nothing after December.

aieee! *runs off to create more instructables before the end of the contests"

lguntersmith6 months ago

First tmer here but already submitted two entries for Halloween food and decor that ends last night, I only knew of this recently so I am able to put my entries together before contest end but I only see one entry accepted once, my spooky Creepy finger cookies, my question can I enter as much as I can on diffe

rent contest, what is the ruling regarding winning, if one entry wins ex in 3rd prize, does it limit the chance to win higher prizes on other contest?

no winning a contest does not effect the outcome of another

Thank you, Excellent news, so I will now start to try to enter different contest and see if I have the chance to be lucky as I do not win in any random draw.

You can enter one instructable in a maximum of 3 contests and that instructable has a change to win in all three contests. Winning a runner up or 3rd prize in one contest does not limit the chance to win a higher prize in another contest.

that's very helpful, now I know, this only means This is fair in each contest. GREAT, as the saying goes "you need to be in to win it"

Also, one person can enter many intructables into one contest; But that person can only win one prize in that contest.

thank you,

Yonatan246 months ago

Furniture Hacks?

Does this mean: Ikea Hacks? (lamps and more stuff)?

Attmos7 months ago

Are there any guidelines for the Epic Fail Contest?

Not_Tasha7 months ago

Caffeine!!!! Thanks!

Yonatan247 months ago

What exactly is the "10/26-12/7 - Spectacular Failures Contest"?

d0vr Yonatan247 months ago

Probably think along the lines of Post-it Notes®, where the tacky adhesive substance was created accidentally by an engineer who was originally trying to create a super strong adhesive. The original goal was a failure, but the result was the spectacular square yellow bits of paper we know and love today.

This thread from the forums


has had a lot of members discussing their failures and how they led them to success. I'm assuming it revolves around that concept.

ashervivi887 months ago

Yay! It got posted! Thank you! :D

Yonatan248 months ago

Is there any way to get an email from Instructables when this list gets updated?

Raitis Yonatan248 months ago

Yes, code a notification sender using Python or something and obviously post an 'ible for doing that. :)

That soup will be beautiful. It's a nice idea. I'll make that if I get some free time after finishing my current one-month-late project.

Attmos Raitis8 months ago


Yonatan247 months ago

Thanks for the update!

Sparticles7 months ago

Thanks for the update!

Just to be sure, is the "Book it contest" about books? (because "book it" sounds like it's from the verb "to book")

Great to have some deadlines for projects that have been in limbo for months.

Brooklyntonia7 months ago

Still waiting for an update to the list. : (

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