Fire, earth, air, and water -- the Brave the Elements Contest is about all the things you make and do to withstand or take advantage of the elements. Projects that involve or are inspired by one (or more) of the four classical elements are eligible.

The lucky winners will take home an REI Radiant sleeping bag, Pendleton blanket, BioLite stove, and more. Share your best Instructables related to the elements for a chance to win, and have some fun in the process!

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The Brave the Elements 2016 is closed.

Grand Prize

19 Prizes

Grand (1)

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:

First (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second (5)

Five Second Prize Winners will receive:

Runner Up (10)

Ten Runner Ups 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 Nov 7, 2016 and Jan 2, 2017 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Brave the Elements 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.