We're in the middle of winter in the northern hemisphere, and it's getting chilly in our cozy homes. Heating up the space isn't cheap either, so it's time to insulate your walls, cook up some spiced cider, improve your radiators, or just make like Jimmy Carter and put on a cardigan.

We want to know what ways you're staying warm this winter without using of lots of fuel or energy in the process. Write up your favorite methods, and enter them into the Stay Warm Contest!

There are so many ways to stay warm!
You can improve your houses and apartment; knit, sew, or felt something warm and fuzzy; even make some delicious hot food and drinks to stave off the cold and snow. You might use your computer to help you control your heat more efficiently. Whatever the case may be, we want to see your favorite solutions.

The best Instructable will win a brand new sleeping bag so you can sleep in comfort whether you're camping above the snow line or couch surfing at a friend's house. Other prizes include hot chocolate, tea samplers, and t-shirts!

There is no limit on number of entries, but you can only win one prize per contest.

(Official Rules)

The Stay Warm Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

6 Prizes

Grand Prize

Sleeping bag to keep you warm wherever you are. Also, an Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.

Runner-Up<br />(5 winners)

Hot chocolate, Instructables Robot t-shirt, patch, and stickers.
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 Jan 12, 2009 and Feb 8, 2009 (11:59pm PT).


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