Enter the Backyard Contest for a chance to win a Big Blue Party bluetooth speaker, Lumenplay app-controlled lights, 9’ umbrella, a Slackers Night Riderz Zipline kit, and more! The weather is finally warming up and that means it’s time to go outside again. Maybe you’re planting a vegetable garden, playing games with your family, pulling weeds, or building that brick oven you’ve been thinking about all winter. Whatever your backyard project may be, we want to see it. 

Entries will be judged based on clarity, ingenuity, creativity, quality of presentation, and execution of the Instructable. Your backyard should be a place where you unwind and get away from it all. Show us how you make yours feel like home.

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The Backyard Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

19 Prizes

First Prize (3)

Three first prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five second prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (10)

Ten runner up prize winners will receive:
How It Works

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Apr 20, 2015 and Jun 1, 2015 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Backyard Contest. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.