Our planet is powered by a big, glowing orb in the sky, so it’s only natural that the human eye is drawn to things that glow. In the Make It Glow Contest, we’re celebrating all things bright and glowy. So bust out your lightbulbs, EL wire, candles, fiber optic cable, and anything else that casts a glow and, well… make it glow!

Winners will take home some amazing prizes, including an iPad Pro, Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Kit, and more. Share your projects that glow for a chance to win!

Need help getting started? Check out our LED class and Lamps Class for tips and inspiration!

The Make it Glow Contest 2016 is closed.

Grand Prize

19 Prizes

Grand (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

First (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:
  • Philips Hue Go
  • an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt

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 Nov 21, 2016 and Feb 13, 2017 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Make it Glow Contest 2016. 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.