It's transformation time! The Before & After Contest is back and we're eager to see what projects you have up your sleeve. Restore, reinvent, reuse, or repurpose -- all projects that involve transforming something old into something new are eligible.

Prizes for this contest include a Canon DSLR camera, Nikon camera, Leatherman multi-tool and more. Share your creative transformations for a chance to win!

First prizes will be awarded on a category-specific basis. There will be one winner for each of the following categories: Tech, Workshop, Home, Craft, Play, Outside, and Costumes! 

Need some inspiration?  Check out these 20 award winning transformational projects!

The Before and After Contest 2017 is closed.

Grand Prize

33 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

Grand Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Camera
Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt

First Prize (7)

Nikon Coolpix Digital Camera
an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt

Second Prize (10)

Leatherman Rebar Multi-Tool
an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt

Runner Up (15)

an Instructables prize pack includinng a robot t-shirt
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 May 15, 2017 and Jul 10, 2017 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Before and After Contest 2017. 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.