If a man's home is his castle, his backyard should be fit for a king. Add some value to your home and enter your projects in the Backyard Contest!

Prizes are provided by Dremel and winners will take home Dremel Maker Kits, Dremel tool packs, Rotozip tool packs, and more. Whether your motivation is to entertain guests, have fun with the family, or create an outdoor sanctuary, we want to see all of your home-based outdoor projects. 

Want more contests? Check out Instructables' current contests here!

The Backyard Contest 2016 is closed.

Grand Prize

19 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Place winners will receive:
  • Dremel Maker Kit
  • an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt or stainless steel mug

Runner Up (10)

Ten runner up prize winners will receive an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt or stainless steel mug
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 Aug 1, 2016 and Sep 26, 2016 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Backyard Contest 2016. 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.