Rewire the Christmas lights and program the blinking LEDs — the Make It Glow contest is back! Enter your lighting projects now for a chance to win a 3D printer, an HP Pavilion Laptop, Arduinos, and much more.

Whether you enhance costumes with EL wire, build your own Edison bulbs from scratch, or deck out your bike with LEDs, if it lights up, it’s eligible. The judges will be looking for original ideas and well-documented projects that glow. Your bedroom, front porch, bicycle, and camping trip could all be improved with the right kind of lighting — it’s up to you to show us how. Good luck to all, and we look forward to seeing the inventive ways you play with light.

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Grand Prize

25 Prizes

(1) Grand Prize

1xGrand Prize winner will receive:

(3) First Prize

3xFirst Prize winners will receive:

(9) Second Prize

9x Second Prize winners will receive:

(12) Runner Ups

12x 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 Oct 20, 2014 and Dec 31, 2014 (11:59pm PT).


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