For every hand-built object, there is a backstory: why was it made? In the Make a Box Contest, we want to see how you built your handmade box, but we also want to know what prompted you to create it!

Is it a gift? Was it built on a whim? Is it the solution to an organization or storage problem? Be sure to include the story behind why you built your box.

We’ve got some amazing prizes on the line, provided by Rockler, including a CNC machine, planers, and table spline jigs. The entries will be judged based on clarity, ingenuity, creativity, quality of presentation, and execution of the Instructable. We can’t wait to see — and hear about — your homemade box!

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The Make a Box Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

29 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:
  • a CNC Piranha FX
  • an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (10)

Ten Second Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (15)

Fifteen runner up prize winners will receive an Instructables prize pack including 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 Feb 22, 2016 and Apr 4, 2016 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Make a Box 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.