Upcycling is the practice of transforming an old object in such a way that it has more value than the original. Put simpler, it is transforming trash into an object of treasure. This contest is all about upcycling and reuse. It is meant for the people who look at a pile of garbage and see possibility, not hopeless waste.

Inspire us with the details of how you take old junk and turn it into something new and amazing!

The Trash to Treasure is closed.

Grand Prize

31 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize will receive:

First Prize (5)

Five First Place winners will receive:

Second (10)

Ten Second Place winners will receive:

Runner Up (15)

Fifteen Runner Up winners will receive:
  • Carhartt Tool Roll
  • Instructables T-Shirt and Prize Pack
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 5, 2018 and Apr 30, 2018 (11:59pm PT).


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