When you’ve got a big house to decorate for the holidays, advanced planning is wise. So naturally, the White House is already thinking about this year’s holiday decor, and we're going to help them deck their halls. Instructables is excited to partner with the Smithsonian and the White House in this 3D Printed Ornament Challenge. Some of the winners of this challenge will have their work printed and hung in the East Wing of the White House during the holiday season. Additionally, those selected to be displayed at the White House will be featured on the Smithsonian’s state of the art 3D data platform, 3d.si.edu and will join a small collection of White House ornaments in the political history division of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

You don’t need to have a 3D printer to participate — design an ornament with any 3D modeling software and up to 8 winning designs will be 3D printed and shipped to the White House for you. New to 3D modeling? No sweat! Head over to Tinkercad and play around with making 3-dimensional shapes. It’s really fun, and you’ll learn an awesome new skill, to boot. This is your chance to make White House history and have your art featured in their first-ever maker challenge.

The model should be no larger than 3”x 3” and reflect the magic and wonder of the holidays, so think ornaments that represent winter sports, toys, activities, symbols, and anything that inspires you during the festive winter season. Want to incorporate a little twinkle to your designs as well? Design a piece that fits or clips onto a string of lights!

To qualify, you must be a U.S. resident and create an Instructable for your ornament — and be sure to include the .stl file.

The 3D Printed Ornament Design Challenge is closed.

Grand Prize


Grand Prize (5)

Five Grand Prize winners will receive an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt and have their ornament 3D printed and displayed in the White House, and join a small collection of White House ornaments in the political history division of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Runner Up (15)

Fifteen runner up winners will receive an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt.

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 30, 2014 and Nov 10, 2014 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select 3D Printed Ornament Design Challenge. 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.


Instructables members can vote for an entry during the contest plus 3 days after the contest closes.


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 announced here on the contest page. All entrants will be notified when this happens.







By entering the “3D Printed Ornament Challenge” (“Challenge”), entrants accept and agree to be bound by these Official Rules. Any violation of these rules may, at Sponsor’s discretion, result in disqualification. All decisions of the judges regarding this Challenge are final and binding in all respects. The White House, Smithsonian Institution, and Autodesk, Inc. are referred to in these rules, collectively, as the “Sponsor”.

1. CHALLENGE PERIOD. Challenge begins at 12:00 AM PT October 30, 2014 (“Start Date”). Entries for the Challenge must be received by Sponsor no later than 11:59 PM PT November 10, 2014 (“Deadline”).

2. ELIGIBILITY. Open only to natural persons who, at the time of entry, are registered members of the site who are at least thirteen (13) years old and legal residents of the 50 United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the District of Columbia. If on the Start Date you are a “minor,” meaning that you are under the age of majority in your jurisdiction (currently 18 or 19 in most U.S. states) you must obtain permission from your parent or legal guardian, and your parent or legal guardian must consent to be bound by these Rules as if he or she were an entrant, before you submit an entry. Sponsor reserves the right to require minors to submit proof of parental/guardian permission and consent to these Rules at any time, without which they may be immediately disqualified from the Challenge. The judges and officers, directors, and employees of the Sponsor, and the immediate family (i.e., parents, children, siblings, spouse), and persons residing in the same household as such individuals, are not eligible. No purchase necessary to enter or win or to become a registered member of Autodesk, Inc.’s Instructables website at www.instructables.com (the “Site”), and no purchase or payment, including choosing to purchase any “Instructables Pro” or other paid membership to the Site will improve your chances of winning in any way. Challenge void where prohibited.

3. HOW TO ENTER. In order to enter this Challenge, entrants must submit their entries to the Site. Entries are limited to one per person. All entrants must create an Instructable project for their ornament, include the .stl file, documentation provided in association with the submission pertaining to assembly, instructions, etc. and use the 3D object viewer to show a 360-degree mock-up of their design (hereinafter, the “Submission”). The model should be no larger than 3”x3” and reflect the theme of the magic and wonder of the holidays and the winter season. All entrants must read and agree to all rules, regulations, and the Instructables Terms of Service, which including the Autodesk Privacy Statement are collectively “Policies.”

To submit your entry, first document your Instructables project in the step-by-step, photo, and/or video format. Details regarding how to document your entry in a particular format are also available on that page. When your Instructables project is ready to be published to the Site, visit the Site and follow the instructions for publishing your Instructables project to the Site. You must be a registered member of the Site in order to publish an Instructables project to the Site. If you are not already a registered member of the Site, you will be prompted to create an account on the Site during the publication process, free of charge (except for the standard charges of your internet access provider). Please note: in some jurisdictions, the publication of your Instructables project on the Site could materially affect rights (e.g., adversely affect patent and design rights) that you may own in the project. You should make your own inquiries and seek your own advice on this issue. When you publish your Instructables project to the Site, you will be given the option to enter any open contests. If you have reviewed the entry requirements for this Challenge and believe your project qualifies for entry, and want to enter it in the Challenge, check the box(es) for the applicable contest(s) where it states: “Enter in the Contest” and click “Publish My Instructable.”

All entries must include the entrant’s name, age, and place of residence, as well as a description of the Submission. The entry must only use authorized content, including, without limitation, music, images, film clips, and other intellectual property. It must be appropriate for viewing by the general public (appropriateness will be determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion). In addition, it must be an original creation, or the entrant must have written permission to use protected material.

Every entrant represents and warrants that his/her Submission is the original work of the entrant, it has not been copied from others, and it does not violate the rights of any other person or entity. Every entrant further represents and warrants that his/her submission adheres to the fundamental spirit of the Challenge and does not contain any defamatory, obscene, or otherwise unlawful matter.

The Sponsor is not responsible for incomplete or misdirected entries, technical or network malfunctions or failures or causes beyond its control. Entrants may not submit materials that introduce any software viruses, worms or other programs designed to damage software, hardware or telecommunications equipment.

If selected as potential finalists, entrants shall be required to complete a release confirming their eligibility, consent, release and grant of rights set forth in Section 6 and provide such information as may be required by the Sponsor. The Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry at its sole discretion. The Sponsor reserves the right to modify the rules and/or cancel the Challenge at any time in its sole discretion.

4. ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS. Each entry must comply in all respects with the Policies, including without limitation all requirements for user submissions, as stated in the Instructables Terms of Service. Without limiting that requirement, each entry also must comply with the following:

• Each entry must be entirely the original work of the persons identified in the entry;

• If persons other than the entrant have contributed to an entry, the entrant must have the written permission from each contributor prior to submitting the entry;

• Unless otherwise specified on the “How to Enter” page for the Contest on the Site, entries must not have been published prior to the Start Date;

• Unless otherwise specified on the “How to Enter” page for the Contest on the Sponsor Site, entries must not have been entered in more than three of Sponsor’s contests;

• Entries must not contain anything that is or may be: (i) threatening, harassing, degrading, stalking or hateful; (ii) defamatory; (iii) fraudulent or tortious; (iv) obscene, indecent or otherwise objectionable; (v) protected by copyright, trademark, patents, utility models, design patents or other proprietary right without the express prior written consent of the owner of such right; or (vi) dangerous or potentially dangerous, or that would encourage dangerous behavior from viewers, such as use of explosives and/or harmful substances;

• Entries must not contain any material that would give rise to criminal or civil liability or that encourages conduct that constitutes a criminal offense; and

• If you are a government employee or contractor, the entry was not created within the scope of any entrant’s employment or arrangement with the government.

5. VOTING PERIOD. Prior to the Deadline and for three (3) days after the Deadline, registered members of the Site may vote for their favorite entry (the “Voting Period”). There is no limit to the number of eligible entries for which a registered member can vote. All votes must be voluntary and uncompensated. Votes may not be cast by any automated method. Entrants may not vote for their own entries, may not compensate anyone in exchange for votes, or otherwise obtain votes through fraud, coercion, or other unfair means. Sponsor reserves the right to exclude any votes that have been obtained in violation of these Rules.

6. FINALIST SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION. There will be two rounds of judging. A panel of judges determined by the Sponsor will select twenty (20) winners based equally on each of the criteria of: relevance to the challenge theme, clarity, ingenuity, creativity, quality of presentation, and execution of the entry (“Criteria”). A second panel of judges will review the winning entries and select up to, and no more than, eight (8) to be printed and displayed in the East Wing of the White House.

Disqualification: The judges have the right to disqualify any entry that is not in compliance with these Rules.

The Challenge is entirely skill-based and contains no Criteria based on chance. The standards applied during the judging process focuses on assessing each entry’s properties. By the mere submission of an entry, an entrant acquires no automatic right to be awarded a prize, nor any other right except for the right to have such entry reviewed and evaluated subject to these Rules.


Winners will be notified via email within seven (7) days of selection. Prior to receipt of his/her prize the winner (and, if a winner is a minor, also the winner’s parent or legal guardian) may be required to sign a Winner’s Declaration and Release which includes, without limitation user name, legal name, shipping address, a declaration of eligibility, and may include an explicit grant of publicity/marketing rights and a liability release to the extent not prohibited by law. The winner(s) also may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that he or she is the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry. An “Authorized Account Holder” is the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses to the domain associated with an e-mail address. In the event of a dispute, an entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the Authorized Account Holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. If any such entrant: (i) cannot be contacted; (ii) does not respond within five (5) days from the date the Sponsor first tries to notify her/him; and/or (iii) fails to return all declarations, releases and other requested documents, such entrant forfeits and an alternate will be selected.

7. PRIZE DESCRIPTION. Twenty winners will each receive an Instructables t-shirt, patch, and sticker (ARV $25.00). At the sole discretion of the White House, up to, and no more than, eight (8) of the winning entries will be chosen to be printed and displayed at the White House. The winning entries selected for printing may be published and made available to the public for downloading and printing at home through Sponsor website(s) in accordance with applicable Sponsor terms of use. In addition to having their winning entry printed and displayed at the White House, the winning entry may be accessioned into the Smithsonian Institution collections.

8. OWNERSHIP AND LICENSE. Ownership in any Submission shall remain the property of the entrant, but entry into this challenge constitutes entrant’s irrevocable and perpetual permission and consent, without compensation, with or without attribution, that the Sponsor may use, reproduce, print, publish, transmit, distribute, sell, perform, adapt, enhance, display, and make available to the public for downloading, editing, adaptation and modification, such Submission, and the entrant’s name and/or likeness, for any purpose, including any and all media now in existence or hereinafter created, throughout the world, for the duration of the copyright in the Submission, and with regard to Autodesk, Inc. including without limitation the provisions of the Instructables Terms of Service. For those Submissions offered the opportunity to be accessioned into the Smithsonian Institution collections, the entrants will be required to transfer all right, title, and interest, including all copyright, in those Submissions and in the resulting 3D print to the Smithsonian Institution.

9. PARTICIPATING ENTITIES. This Challenge is administered by The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20502; the Smithsonian Institution, 1000 Jefferson Drive, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20560; and Autodesk, Inc., 111 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael, CA 94903.

10. RELEASE. To the maximum extent permitted by law, by entering the Challenge, each entrant releases and holds harmless the Sponsor Parties from any and all responsibility, liability, damages (including, without limitation, direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, punitive, statutory, and other damages), losses, costs, or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating to: (a) entry or participation in the Challenge, including but not limited to disputes among individuals claiming to have contributed to any winning entry; (b) any violation by the entrant of these Rules, the Policies, or applicable laws; (c) misappropriation, infringement, or other violation of any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, right of publicity, privacy, or other legal or contractual right of any person attributable to entrant or any entry submitted by entrant; (d) the acceptance, possession, receipt, or use of any prize; (e) any entries that have been tampered with or that are misdirected, incomplete, non-conforming, corrupt, lost, late, or ineligible; (f) any problems or technical malfunctions (including but not limited to errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, or delays in operation or transmission) of any computer, telephone, modem, cable, satellite, network, hardware, online system, server, software, or other equipment or provider, including any incorrect, incomplete, garbled or jumbled information resulting therefrom; (g) any Internet traffic congestion or website accessibility or delays; (h) printing or typographical errors in any Challenge-related materials; or (i) any other technical or human error that may occur in connection with the Challenge (the “Causes”). If anyone makes any claim against any of the Sponsor parties arising out of or relating to any of the Causes attributable to the entrant, the entrant will pay for any damages, losses, liabilities, costs, penalties, and expenses, including without limitation attorneys’ and experts’ fees and costs, incurred in connection with such claim. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, THE SPONSOR PARTIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE CONTEST, HOWSOEVER CAUSED, WHETHER ARISING IN STATUTE, TORT (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, NEGLIGENCE) CONTRACT, OTHER LEGAL THEORY OR OTHERWISE, AND ALL SUCH DAMAGES ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED AND EXCLUDED. SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES AND OTHER LIABILITY (INCLUDING INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES) IN WHICH CASE SUCH LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION SHALL APPLY ONLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, RULE, STATUTE OR REGULATION IN THE RELEVANT JURISDICTION. NOTHING IN THESE TERMS EXCLUDE LIABILITY FOR FRAUD, OR FOR PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE TO THE EXTENT SUCH EXCLUSION IS PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

11. MISCONDUCT. Sponsor reserves the right, in its discretion, to disqualify any entrant who: (a) tampers with the entry process, the operation of the Challenge, the Site, or affiliated websites; (b) acts in an unsporting or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy or harass another person; or (c) is otherwise in violation of these Rules, the Policies, or any applicable laws.

12. TERMINATION. Sponsor reserves the right to suspend, modify, or terminate the Challenge at any time for any reason, in its discretion, including without limitation in the event of fraud, abuse, tampering, technical, administrative, financial, or other difficulties. In such cases, Sponsor will post a notice on the Challenge page of the Site. Should the Challenge terminate prior to selection of the winner, Sponsor will announce an alternate means of awarding the prize on the Challenge page of the Site. Any entrant may withdraw from the Challenge at any time by contacting Sponsor by email at service@instructables.com or by mail at the address identified in Section 14 (“Winner’s List; Mailing List”) specifying the name of this Challenge and any other relevant information.

13. MISCELLANEOUS. If any part of these Official Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or otherwise unenforceable, such part will be modified by such court to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable while preserving to the maximum extent possible the original intent of and the remaining parts of these Official Rules will remain in full force and effect. Nothing contained herein or in any of the Contest related materials should be construed as an endorsement by Sponsor of any co-sponsor, or of Sponsor or any co-sponsor of any third party, product, or service. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, Sponsor may decline to process requests that are unreasonable or unreasonably repetitive. Except for co-sponsors listed in Section 1 above, each entrant acknowledges and agrees that this Challenge is in no way sponsored or endorsed by any third party. Except for co-sponsors expressly listed in these Official Rules, entrant expressly acknowledges that this Challenge is no way affiliated or associated with, or endorsed, administered or sponsored by, any third party. If this Challenge is promoted on or through Facebook, each entrant acknowledges and agrees that that the Challenge is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Personally identifiable Challenge information (including but not limited to email addresses) provided by the entrant to Autodesk is not provided by Autodesk to Facebook.

14. WINNER’S LIST; MAILING LIST. The user name(s) and entries of the Challenge winner(s) will be posted on the Challenge page of the Site, within thirty (30) days of the Challenge end date. In addition, the names of the winner(s) may be obtained by sending a written request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the below address (mailed requests must include the words “WINNER’S LIST” and the full name of the Challenge prominently in the first line of the address):


Pier 9, Receiving Door A

The Embarcadero

San Francisco, California 94105


or by contacting Sponsor by email at service@instructables .com or by mail at the address identified in above. All requests must include the words “WINNER’S LIST” and the full name of the Contest prominently in the subject line or in the voicemail, as the case may be.

All such requests must be received within six (6) months of the Challenge end date. Residents of Vermont may omit return postage on winner’s list and mailing list requests.