Paper is an incredible material to work with. It is light, combustible, pliable, and moldable. Without its ability to hold crisp, satisfying folds, we would not have the marvelous art of origami. In tribute to this ubiquitous and much-loved material, we present the Papercraft Contest.

Bust out your favorite kind of paper and show us what you can make! This contest is wide open to any project that incorporates paper. Paper fashion, light-up cards, snowflakes, cardboard castles, paper maché magic, interactive origami sculptures, a quilled map of the world… we’d like to see all of this, and more! Blow our minds with your paper skills.

The winner will receive a Silhouette Cameo Cutter, a Cricut Cuttlebug, and more. We’re also offering four (!!) judges’ prizes for quilling, origami, cardboard, and holiday-themed projects.

The winner(s) will be solely responsible for complying with any and all applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law, if applicable), rules and regulations and for bearing any personal income tax, VAT, withholding taxes, customs duties, or other taxes, fees, insurance, surcharges or other costs relating to receiving, claiming or collecting any prize.

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The Papercraft Contest is closed.

Grand Prize


Grand Prize (1)


Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

Judges' Prize: Origami, Quilling, and Holiday Theme

Three Judges' Prize winners for Origami, Quilling, and a Holiday-Themed projects will receive:

Judges' Prize: Cardboard

One Judges' Prize winner for a cardboard project will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Place prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (10)

Ten runner up prize winners will receive:

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 24, 2014 and Jan 19, 2015 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Papercraft 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.