Get out and make the most of the space around your home!

This contest is open to all home-based outdoor projects. For example, we'd love to see things like:

  • play structures, treehouses, and forts
  • decks, sheds, and patios
  • garden-related items
  • outdoor games
  • projects related to outdoor cooking
  • outdoor lighting solutions
  • yard art, outdoor decor, and exterior home maintenance
  • lawn care, upgrades, landscaping
  • and anything else!

There is a special Judges prizes for our favorite low-cost/high-impact project.

Document your creative process and share it in an inspiring and educational Instructable, and you could win.

New to Instructables? Check our our new author help guides here: https://www.instructables.com/how-to-write-a-great-instructable/

The Backyard Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

20 Prizes

Grand Prize

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • $500 Digital Gift Card

Judges Prize

One Judges Prize Low-Cost/High-Impact Winner will receive:

  • $400 Digital Gift Card

First Prize

Three First Prize Winners will receive:

  • $300 Digital Gift Card

Second Prize

Five Second Prize Winners will receive:

  • $100 Digital Gift Card

Runner Up

Ten Runner Up Prize Winners will receive:

  • $50 Digital Gift Card
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 Jul 18, 2022 and Sep 12, 2022 (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.