List of Upcoming Contests (updated 2/9/16)


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!

12/14-2/8 - Brave the Elements Contest
12/21-2/15 - Chocolate Contest
2/1 - 3/14 - Raspberry Pi Contest
2/1 - 2/29 - Valentine's Day Contest
2/8 - 3/21 - Hack Your Day Contest
2/8 - 3/7 - 20 Minute Meal Challenge
2/15 - 3/14 - Pest Control Challenge
2/15 - 3/14 - Bucket Challenge
2/22 - 4/18 - DIY Dress
2/22 - 4/4 - Make a Box Contest
2/29 - 4/11 - Gaming Contest
2/29 - 4/11 - Handtools Only Contest
3/7 - 4/18 - Deceptive Desserts Contest
3/7 - 4/4 - Pi Day Challenge
3/14 - 4/11 - Home Remedies Challenge
3/14 - 4/11 - Big and Small Challenge
3/21 - 4/18 - Urban Farming Contest
3/21 - 5/2 - Some Like It Hot Contest
3/28 - 5/9 - Make it Move Contest
3/28 - 5/16 - Flat Pack Contest
4/4 - 5/2 - Egg Contest/Challenge
4/4 - 5/30 - Bicycle Contest
4/11 - 5/23 - Snacks Contest
4/11 - 5/23 - Craigslist Challenge
4/18 - 6/6 - Live Off the Land Contest
4/18 - 5/30 - String Challenge
4/25 - 6/6 - Sensors Contest
4/25 - 6/6 - Slow Food Contest
5/2 - 6/27 - Wedding Contest
5/9 - 6/20 - Make it Fly 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!

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!


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 :)






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 :)

yonatan2412 hours ago

Finally! :)

Thanks for the update!

Not_Tasha18 hours ago

YAY! Thank you!!!

List has been updated.

Thank you!!

Not_Tasha2 days ago

Any updates? :-D

www13912 days ago

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

jʎɐɹ-ɾ26 days ago

This list could REALLY use an update. Pretty please?

Not_Tasha1 month 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

yonatan241 month ago

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

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

Nope! Check this list for more info:


Is this list no longer being maintained, then?

jessyratfink (author)  Kiteman1 month 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_Tasha1 month 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!

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.

yonatan241 month ago

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

Attmos1 month 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!

yonatan242 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/

Kiteman2 months ago

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

Attmos Kiteman2 months ago

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

Kiteman Attmos2 months ago

Hopefully the latter...

makendo Kiteman2 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 makendo2 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 yonatan242 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 makendo2 months ago

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

Raitis Kiteman2 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"

lguntersmith3 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,

yonatan243 months ago

Furniture Hacks?

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

Attmos3 months ago

Are there any guidelines for the Epic Fail Contest?

Not_Tasha4 months ago

Caffeine!!!! Thanks!

yonatan244 months ago

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

d0vr yonatan244 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.

ashervivi884 months ago

Yay! It got posted! Thank you! :D

yonatan244 months ago

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

Raitis yonatan244 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 Raitis4 months ago


yonatan244 months ago

Thanks for the update!

Sparticles4 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.

Brooklyntonia4 months ago

Still waiting for an update to the list. : (

It's been updated!

Love you Danger!

Thanks! You're the best!

Thanks a lot for the update!

Same, with 2 contests already started that weren't on this list

Read the top part of this page, not all of the contests make it onto this list. Keeps us on our toes. :)

None of the new contests are on the list at this point. The last contest on the list opened on the 21st.

I know. :) I was just trying to put a positive spin on things and maybe talk myself down from my own frustration.

if you go to the contest archives you can see contests a few days in advance


also there is a sugar contest coming up! http://www.instructables.com/contest/sugar/

how did you see that?

see what?

That they post a couple contests in advance on the archives page. I would never have thought to look there. I mean, by definition it's a place were you go to see past contests. Really, I'm just complimenting you on your out of the box thinking.

oh well thank you! I think that it is actually a bug


a failures contest i have a few to enter in that!

sonic broom4 months ago

Is there going to be a LEGO contest this year?

you do know that your comment is the 777th on this topic

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