List of Upcoming Contests (updated 7/18/14)

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4/7 - 5/30 - Green Electronic Challenge (reusing and remaking old, broken and outdated electronics/technology)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
8/18-9/29 - Made with Kids
8/18-10/13 - Remix! (Do your own spin on an existing Instructable!)
8/25-9/8  - Hunter-Gatherer
8/25-10/6 - Dorm hacks (tentative title: DIY University)
9/1-10/13 - Aquarium Contest (tentative title: Age of Aquariums)
9/8-9/29 - Featured Author Contest: jessyratfink (Theme: cats and embroidery)
9/8-10/20 - Zipper Contest
9/15-11/10 - Halloween Contests (tentative categories: costumes, props, decor, food)
9/22-11/3 - Ferrous Chef: Apples
9/22-11/3 - Pocket Survival
9/28-11/10 - Rubber Bands


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TannyPB14 hours 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 :)

I hope Emily comes up with a bracelet contest!

Kiteman9 days ago

Is the "hand tools" focused on making things without using power tools, or on making tools?

Hand tools can be electric tools, but nothing CNC or laser cut or 3D printed. We are still working out the official rules.

Cool. I'd guess nothing with a stand, either, like a band saw or a tower drill, to keep things well within the common maker and their shed?

Good point! Also, we are picking prizes for it now, so if anyone has any ideas for prizes they would like to see we would love to hear them!

Hope it's not tooooo late. I've made loads of suggestions now in the prize suggestions link. Some of the smaller items can be given for the runner up prizes. I KNOW I find heavy duty staplers very useful. So I assume others would too. Oh I forgot to add Scroll saw! Very important to ME lol. ;-)

I was more concerned with the "Made with Kids". Recipes or Trophy Head Statues?

that is a Modest Propesal

shazni16 days ago

When is the next list of up coming contests coming up??

Up now!

mrandle shazni13 days ago

+1 would like to see what is next.

+2 Cant wait to see more awesome contests coming up here!

Love the updated list! These contests get me through the year! :) haha

shazni22 days ago

Here I was all excited that a scroll saw was offered for the paint contest (even though it was aiming for the sky :●] ).... then I find Iit's US ONLY!!!

Ahhhhh whyyy?

Please is it possible to have an international contest where a scroll saw is offered somewhere among the runner ups??

Pretty plese

ditto the excitement and disappointment..... BUT
if you live outside the US you still get the 110V AC versions of the prizes AND
sometimes the sponsors do not manufacture any model other than 110V US ones so there is nothing instructables can do ?!

sabu.dawdy18 days ago

1.are lava cakes with ice cream considered as frozen treats?

2. if we used brownie and ice cream ?? like a sandwich? would it be a frozen treat?

sabu.dawdy18 days ago

1.are lava cakes with ice cream considered as frozen treats?

2. if we used brownie and ice cream ?? like a sandwich? would it be a frozen treat?

Hey Jess,

Love to see a contest for movie props. You know, things like light sabres, the gun Harrison Ford uses in Blade Runner, a monolith from 2001!,

I agree with shazni, why not? It would be great

sunshiine26 days ago

Question regarding the contest where the judging ends July 3rd. Will the finalist be listed next week because of the holiday? Thanks for all your hard work!


jessyratfink (author)  sunshiine26 days ago

Yep! I'll be working early on the 4th to get finalists posted and judging will go on as normal. :)

I hope your 4th brings you extra coruscation for your hard work :) Thanks Jessy!


CarterBond28 days ago

For the building blocks contest could we use a Lego Mindstorm?

The parts have studs on, so I'd say "yes".


Is this list going to be updated again? We are almost to the bottom of it.

DIYWEAPONS1 month ago

desktop helpers contest would be great

bricobart1 month ago

Hi Jess! I just want to propose a new contest idea ;) What do you think about a 'collaborations contest'? I've seen very few collaborations - in fact, I've seen none - and it would be great to open a contest for teams. Member A could do a collaboration-proposal to member B to build something crazy. For example a woodworker working with an electronic guy or a musician, whatever. Yes it would give some logistic challenges, sending unfinished stuff to maybe the other side of the world and then to Pier 9 (for example), yes it would need to be over a long time period but yes it would create or reinforce cohesion between members.

Who's in? I'm in!!!

ASCAS bricobart1 month ago

Count me in! Who doesn't love collaborations? :D

Kiteman ASCAS1 month ago

Collaborations are a great idea, but they are very hard to sort out. I've recently helped out with one*, and even though there were only two people involved, and less than four hours drive between us, it was hard work getting together.

Lots of emails were involved, and a rendevous in the rain.


I missed that one, but I love the idea! It would have helped me a lot, at the time... But, at that particular time cell phones were just a dream, and thus I totally lost my tent and fell asleep under a table... Baaad bad hangover! ;)

I agree, logistic probs will be a problem, but in every problem lies a challenge. I'm convinced we could see awesome creations!

ASCAS Kiteman1 month ago

My former classmate and I had the same problem. We both did the same thing, e-mailing. It also took us hours to finish a write-up (Poorman's Flash). Months after my first collab another friend of mine encouraged me to do another collab (Make A Solar Bluetooth Speaker), this time with the help of Facebook. The chat and group feature of FB blended perfectly with instructable's collab feature. I know it's a bad idea to use FB to exchange ideas with strangers but I do think that it would be good to have a new (FB-less) social collaboration feature in ibles. I keep on dreaming of this UI (literally). Sorry, I guess my idea is too ambitious, I'll stop from here :)

Kiteman ASCAS1 month ago

No, the development team always welcome good ideas. You could put all your ideas into a Feedback forum topic, see if other folk agree.

ASCAS Kiteman1 month ago

Oh cool. Thanks!

bricobart ASCAS1 month ago

Thàt's the spirit, thanx friend!

who said they had to be far away? I have plenty of friends and neighbors who would happily pitch in

Cool, thanx mate!

Dude, this is great! I'd be definitely in, too :D

That's great, thanx!

Constructed1 month ago

How about a Wearable Technology contest?

makershaker052 months ago

Do you guys have a hydraulics contest because if not you should make one. THAT WOULD BE AMAZING!!!

and a weapons contest

they did have a survival contest, if that's what you want

sabu.dawdy1 month ago

how many Pakistani are on Instructables? Because i really wonder why Pakistan is not in the entries.

I'm no expert, but I guess it is because the guys at instructables cannot afford covering too many countries, so they try choosing countries with bigger populations.

If it will help, India is one country on the list

Schawately1 month ago

Toy rods and connectors contest....being fairly new here, by toy rods do you mean toy hotrods? I've been making these out of wood for years and have lots of new ideas I'd love to enter!

Toys and Rods refers to K'Nex

sabu.dawdy1 month ago

how many Pakistani are on Instructables? Because i really wonder why Pakistan is not in the entries.

deba1681 month ago

I have entered my project (cardboard solar lamp)for lamp and lighting competition 4 days earlier still it was not showing .

Yesterday when I was tried to reenter it show me already enter need approval. But till now it is not accepted. Is my project is not eligible for this competition?? :(

jessyratfink (author)  deba1681 month ago

That one is only open to entries in the US, actually, so you won't be able to enter! I'm not moderating that contest, but I know that the person doing it is going through each entry to check eligibility, so that could explain the delay in finding out.

Oops done a blunder mistake...

Now I am not able to enter the upcoming glue contest also :( :(

Why not glue contest? Is it for US Residents only ?


But I have already published..

To participate in any competition I think it should be published after the start date.

Oh...right. Now you have to make another project :D

MooMeat421 month ago

I went to the Hurricane Lasers site and it redirected me to Full Spectrum Lasers. I guess they got bought out


I would just like to ask how & what do you judge projects on? I would enter my my mini-flashlight but i feel like it would not win. What im trying to say is do you judge on complex-ness or practical use? Or what?

Thanks (:

If you look at the official rules for the contests that you would like to enter, they usually explain judging there. Also, here are a few general guidelines and tips. Anyone can enter, never, NEVER be discouraged from entering because you do not think you will win. Any and all entries that fit the criteria for the contest are accepted. Remember, the contests are incentives to get out there build, hack, DIY, or whatever! The prizes are merely compensation for those who demonstrated this the best. If you want a shot at winning, make a well written and well documented Instructable. Someone who explains more and gives helpful tips will be more likely to win than a person who just says "make it like in the picture." Just because something is bigger or flashier than another thing doesn't mena that it will win. Have fun!

what criteria do you judge these projects on

What's the glue contest about?

jessyratfink (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz2 months ago

Anything assembled with glue! It'll be a big catch-all - all kinds of projects are eligible. :D

Would epoxy count as "glue"?

jessyratfink (author)  CarterBond1 month ago

Yup, I think so. Seems close enough to me. :)

shazni1 month ago

ahhh....I was just going to publish my lamp, Then saw it's only for US! :-(

In the upcoming BBQ contest is Grilling and roasting using Rotisserie in Oven accepted?

pantherj122 months ago

what is the great outdoors about? Is it for camping and survival stuff? Or just about outdoor activities?

jessyratfink (author)  pantherj122 months ago

It's a mix of both! You can check out last year's contest + winners to get a better idea of what we're looking for:

CarterBond2 months ago

My instructable wasn't accepted or have people just not got around to it? I entered 2 contests at the same time and one was approved. The contest that I have not got into yet is the Gagdet Hacking and Accessories Contest. Thanks!

jessyratfink (author)  CarterBond2 months ago

Just checked and it looks like you're good to go now! That one takes a bit longer to moderate since we're having to give every entrant a coupon code. :)

sabu.dawdy2 months ago

my entry is not entered in raw food contest.

jessyratfink (author)  sabu.dawdy2 months ago

I denied that one because the apples were cooked, and the almond milk (or milk) wouldn't be considered raw, either.


What kind of submissions would the toy building block contest be looking for?

LEGOs! And you can check out last year's contest for ideas:

chokapi2 months ago

Hey, all. I'm a finalist in the Outdoor Survival contest. I don't win many things, so I'm excited about how well my Instructable did. I was left with the impression that winners would have been announced by now, with judging being done and all. I've been checking periodically, but indications are to wait. Any word?

jessyratfink (author)  chokapi2 months ago

We all just got into the office so it will be a little while - I've got some meetings and emailing to do before then, but I hope to announce them this afternoon. I'll send PMs out once it's done. :D

Afro Ninja2 months ago

i entered an instructable in the jewelry contest on a sunday, 1 or 2 days before the contest was closed, AND IT NEVER GOT ENTERED!!! I later read that it MIGHT be accepted on a biusness day, monday to friday, or something like that. it also said "what matters is submission time, not acceptance time." thats a bit vague!!!! was i meant to post it on a buisness day or what? anyway im REALLY upset my ible' didn't get posted. >:(

jessyratfink (author)  Afro Ninja2 months ago

We had a three day weekend, and we don't moderate contests on our days off. It's in now! We all just got into the office an hour ago.

We moderate first thing in the morning, but we have a ton of contests running right now, so it can take us a while to get through all the entries. :)

"what matters is submission time, not acceptance time."

That is exactly the case.

Did you get an email (not PM) to say your entry had been received? If you did not, you forgot to tick the box to enter the contest. If you did, then that validates your entry to the contest, and everything will be fine.


Looking at the publishing date (a Sunday), and the very low views, and the fact that it does not turn up in a search of the pubic lists, I'd say that your project has been caught in the automatic filters (a common thing with weapon-themed projects).

I would expect it to be released in the next 12 hours or so from the date/time of this comment (don't forget, the Instructables office runs on Californian time, so it is about 05:00 there as I type). If that does not happen, send an email to and ask them to sort it out. Don't forget to use the email address associated with your account, and include the URL of the project in question.

enelson82 months ago

how about a spy gear contest? 007?

Sorunome2 months ago

How about a contest to come up with contest ideas :P

mikael bl2 months ago

how about a rainbow loom rubber band bracelets contest.

makershaker052 months ago

sorry I'm not good with abbreviations what is a pm?

jessyratfink (author)  makershaker052 months ago

No worries! A PM is a private message - you can send me one from my profile. :)

makershaker052 months ago

Yes ma'm I got the email saying they got my entry request and the email saying it met the reqirements and was officially entered in the full spectrum laser contest. I am not quite sure what went wrong :( this was my first instructable and first entry and I am very young so I am not blaming it on instructables, I love you guys, it was most likely my fault. I just can't seem to figure out what went wrong.

jessyratfink (author)  makershaker052 months ago

Oh no! I'm not sure what went wrong either! I'm pretty sure there's no way for you to remove it from the contest yourself, so it must have been something on our end. :(

Send me a PM next time you enter a contest and I'll make sure it gets in correctly for you. Sorry the first time didn't work out so well but we'll get you in next time!

laser contest canned..... im sad now :-(

jessyratfink (author)  liquidhandwash2 months ago

Me too! But we had some good news this morning that I might be able to announce soon... keep checking back! :)

Any News yet? I see a metal comp has come up ..... :-)

jessyratfink (author)  liquidhandwash2 months ago

We're going to be running a laser cutter contest with Epilog again! Right now it's scheduled to start on 6/9 - but I'll keep updating the list in case there are changes. :)

thanks jessy happy happy joy joy!

thanks jessy happy happy joy joy!

what is the good news?? Is laser contest increase the number of finalists ??or anything else??

jessyratfink (author)  deba1682 months ago

Nope, no new finalists, but we're going to be running a laser cutter contest with Epilog again!
Right now it's scheduled to start on 6/9 - but I'll keep updating the
list in case there are changes. :)

makershaker052 months ago

10 days ago I asked you about my entry in the full spectum contest and you said as long as I pressed enter before the contest was over it would be entered but when I looked on entries mine was not there, it was called "designing a 3d castle on blender" is there something I did incorrectly when entering?

jessyratfink (author)  makershaker052 months ago

Oh no! That is typically the case but I fear something else went wrong on our end. I can't find you in the list of entered content at all. Did you ever get emails from us confirming that your entry was submitted?

hunter9992 months ago

Will there be an Indian Cusine contest this year? :D

jessyratfink (author)  hunter9992 months ago

We don't have one planned right now! We ran one last year with mixed success, but maybe in the winter we could try an International Food contest? I haven't thought that far ahead, yet, hah! Still trying to work through all the summer contests. :)

Cool! That sounds great, thanks for taken it into consideration :D

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