Experienced crafters know that finishing touches make all the difference. It’s that same experience that taught you how to score a piece of cardboard to yield a crisp, clean edge, and that pressing as you sew can strengthen a seam to runway perfection. Now’s the time to document what you’ve learned over the years for those who are just starting out! The Crafting 101 Contest is all about those small yet important tips that take your crafts from homemade to handmade.

All breeds of crafters are encouraged to share their know-how. Weave to your hearts content, ready your X-acto knife, embellish, embroider, or whip out the sewing machine. Show us everything you make and all the love you put into it.

Prizes are provided by Silhouette and Lumi, and there will be a special judges’ prize for papercraft projects. Winners will take home a Silhouette Cameo machine, 12x24 cutting mat, Silhouette vinyl starter kit, Lumi photo printing kit, and more!

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The Crafting 101 is closed.

Grand Prize

20 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

Judges' Prize: Papercraft (1)

One judges' prize winner for a papercraft project will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three first prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five second prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (10)

Ten runner up prize winners 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 Apr 6, 2015 and Jun 1, 2015 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Crafting 101. 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.