It's time to get out and enjoy the outdoor space around your home!

This contest open to all home-based outdoor projects.

We have two special Judges prizes for our favorite outdoor projects:
- Best FUN project (think: games, play structures like treehouses and forts, etc.)
- Best FUNCTIONAL project (think: decks, sheds, garden-related items, etc.)

Make the most of your outdoor space and you could win!

The Backyard Contest is closed.

Grand Prize


Judges Prize: Fun / Functional

Two Judges Prize Winners will receive:

Grand Prize

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

First Prize

Three First Prize Winners will receive:

Second Prize

Five Second Prize Winners will receive:

Runner Up

Ten Runner Up Prize Winners will receive:

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 Jun 28, 2021 and Aug 23, 2021 (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.