Picture of How to Enter the Forbes Fabergé-Style Egg Contest
The brilliantly bejeweled Easter eggs of 19th century Russian artist Peter Carl Fabergé are a hallmark of miniaturist engineering and craftsmanship. Forbes magazine's late, great publisher Malcolm Forbes was an avid Fabergé collector, building a set of eggs and objets d'art even a czar would envy. But the Forbes eggs have since moved on to a private collection in Russia, and the people at Forbes miss their eggs!

Now YOU can help craft a new collection. Go crack an egg then paint it, encrust it with shiny matter (rubies optional), insert an empress' LED carriage, or otherwise make it wonderful. The design is entirely up to you: just take your passion and inspiration from Fabergé's brilliant style as you make your own fantastic egg.

Grand prize winner receives a Sonos Multi-Room Music System worth $999. The four runners-up receive a copy of Toby Faber's new book Fabergé's Eggs: The Extraordinary Story of the Masterpieces that Outlived an Empire. The winning eggs will also be featured in the Forbes Galleries in New York City.

Entries can be full instructables or slideshows, but they do need to be your own original work. Slideshows need to include multiple full picture and detail shots and will be judged more strictly than Instructables.


Grand Prize (1 winner)
Sonos Multi-Room Music System and an Instructables Robot t-shirt. The winning egg will be displayed in the Forbes Galleries in New York City.

Runner-Up (4 winners)
Fabergé's Eggs: The Extraordinary Story of the Masterpieces that Outlived an Empire and an Instructables Robot t-shirt. The winning egg will be displayed in the Forbes Galleries in New York City.

Open to enter: Sep 9, 2008 12:01 AM PST
Deadline for entries: Oct 12, 2008 11:59 PM PST

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when will you be running the contest again??
antonietta6 years ago
is the contest only for American citizens? I love instructables and would like to know if I can enter the contest :D
Please enter! We'd love to have international entries.
do you know anything about the contest i entered in 2008 but i havent seen another and i would love to enter again.
I also want enter the contest :(
Please do!
I did it :-)
bluebirdl6 years ago
I waat to enter the contest. Thanks for offering it. I would love to win a prize.
IvanLynn6 years ago
Is an entry that two people worked on allowable?(mother and daughter)
canida IvanLynn6 years ago
Definitely - you're welcome to collaborate! You'll just have to share any prizes you win. ;)
questions: 1. is this specifically egg *decoration*, or is it open to a constructed egg (from scratch, no base shape involved)? 2. is there a limit on number of entries per person?
1. You should take your inspiration from Faberge eggs, but there is no requirement ot use an actual egg. Feel free to construct all parts of your entry from scratch.

2. No limit on number of entries per person, so enter as many times as you like. Each individual can only win once.
nitfiend6 years ago
Does it matter the size of the egg? I'm thinking of making one no larger than a quail egg, or even smaller if I can do it. Would this be a problem, other than for my sanity? The rules don't say anything about size limits and good things often come in very tiny packages.
canida nitfiend6 years ago
There are no size limits! You're simply to be inspired by Faberge eggs, wherever that leads you.
nitfiend6 years ago
Forgot to ask earlier, but I live in Canada, that cold wilderness land North of the US border with the boring political races and residents who are constantly muttering apologies. Are non-US residents eligible to win?
I have the same question. Non US residents are allowed to take part in this contest? I'm from Brazil! Thanks!
Indeed! We'd love to see your work.
canida nitfiend6 years ago
Yes they are! Please enter.
Do we get answers to our questions? Please? ;)
dsman1952766 years ago
could we make a egg out of knex? i'm guessing no, but it's worth asking.
I don't think K'Nex would make a convincing egg shape, but you could build something from K'Next to go inside the egg! Lots of the traditional eggs had clockwork mechanisms inside, and there's no limit on the size of the eggs.
well, the bigger you get with knex, the more accurate it looks. it would be hard to make the egg. but something inside the egg is a good idea. i have to get to work!
Why not? Just bling it up, spray it gold, add glitter, excessive quantities of rhinestones...
i guess, i don't know how the rules work. also don't exactly like the idea of spray painting my knex pieces.
gold knex would be great
not really, i still don't know why they have the dark color knex. knex has a color coded system to there building, thats why they have the different colors. you could, but i don't think spray painting knex is a good idea, theres lots of holes in knex that are needed so they work right.
woofboy1116 years ago
I have a question. Do the decorated eggs have to use a real eggshell, or can a plastic easter egg or a paper machie egg be decorated?
Fake eggshells are fine. Make something awesome!
A fake eggshell would be fine. Just make it fancy!
Hellz yeah.
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Can't wait to post mine!
Plasmana6 years ago
I just posted the instructable a little while ago...