Just about one out of every three bites of food you eat comes to you courtesy of bees. In recent years, honey bee colonies have been collapsing at an alarming rate due largely to the fountain of toxic pesticides being pumped onto our crops. If the bees disappear, say goodbye to the berries, nuts, avocados, and many other colorful fruits and vegetables that make up the healthiest parts of our diet. Learn more about the issue here.

Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law organization, is representing beekeepers in court to reverse the approval of sulfoxaflor, a pesticide highly toxic to our pollinators. Earthjustice uses the law to protect honeybees and is bringing attention to this issue through the Made By Bees Contest. Share your recipes, crafts, and other projects that wouldn’t be possible without honey bees.  

Need some inspiration? Check out our collection of Bee and Beekeeping projects!

Please be sure that your entry into the contest contains original photos and text. Entries without original photos and text will be denied.

Multiple entries are accepted, but each entrant can only win one prize. Contest is open to entries from US, Canada [excluding Quebec], UK, China, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, India, New Zealand, and Denmark. The Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PT), May 5, 2014. Contest closes for entries at 11:59pm PT, June 30, 2014.

The winner(s) will be solely responsible for complying with any and all applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law, if applicable), rules and regulations and for bearing any personal income tax, VAT, withholding taxes, customs duties, or other taxes, fees, insurance, surcharges or other costs relating to receiving, claiming or collecting any prize.

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The Made By Bees Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

18 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (9)

Nine 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 May 5, 2014 and Jun 30, 2014 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Made By Bees 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.