When it comes to orange fruit, the pumpkin is king. (Yup, technically a fruit.) What other organic orange object can you carve into an ornate lantern, puree into a delicious entree or dessert, and roast its seeds for a satisfying snack?

For this year’s Pumpkin Challenge, we want to see you get up to your elbows in pumpkin guts. What will you make? We’re looking for edibles and jack-o-lanterns, of course, but what other intriguing pumpkin projects will you dream up? Pumpkin potpourri? A pumpkin chassis go-kart? A handsome pumpkin planter for your front stoop? We’re turning orange with anticipation.

Share everything pumpkin! We will be evaluating entries based on originality to Instructables, quality of presentation, and reproducibility. The winner receives an iPad Mini.

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The Pumpkin Challenge is closed.

Grand Prize


Runner Up (25)


Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:
  • Apple iPad Mini (16GB, Wi-Fi, Space Gray)
  • an Instructables prize pack including a limited edition t-shirt

Runner Up (25)

Twenty five runner up prize winners will receive an Instructables prize pack including a limited edition 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 13, 2014 and Nov 3, 2014 (11:59pm PT).


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


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.