This contest is an Instructables classic - always competitive and always inspiring!

Take that trashed, beat up, junky old thing and give it new life.

All projects that involve upcycling or re-purposing old items into something new and different will be eligible, as well as all projects related to refurbishing or restoring an existing item.

Two Grand Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • New Creation from OId Materials
  • Restored Item

Break out the elbow grease and get to it!

The Trash to Treasure Contest is closed.

Grand Prize

20 Prizes

Grand Prize

Two Grand Prize Winners will receive:

  • New Creation: $500 Amazon Gift Card
  • Restored Item: $500 Amazon Gift Card

First Prize

Three First Prize Winners will receive:

Second Prize

Five Second Prize Winners will receive:

Runner Up

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 Mar 28, 2022 and May 23, 2022 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Trash to Treasure 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.