What’s your favorite way to make your DIY projects shine bright? Show off your light-up projects in our 8th annual Make it Glow Contest!

LEDs, glow in the dark paint, light bulbs, and even candlelight counts! Enter your project today for your chance to win a 3D printer, power tools, and more!

The rule for the contest is simple: any Instructable about light, or illumination, is eligible. What amazing project are you going to highlight on Instructables? Good luck, we can't wait to see what you are going to make.

The Make it Glow Contest is closed.

Grand Prize


Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:
  • Dremel 3d printer
  • Instructables Mugs Prize Pack

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:
  • 2.5-Amp 9-Inch Benchtop Band Saw
  • Instructables Mugs Prize Pack

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:
  • Portable Power Saw
  • Instructables Mugs Prize Pack

Runner Up (10)

Ten Runner-up Prize winners will receive:
  • NeoPixel Ring
  • Instructables Mugs Prize Pack

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 Dec 2, 2019 and Jan 27, 2020 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Make it Glow 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.