2008 D*S DIY contest!

by Grace Bonney

i’m thrilled to announce the start of the 2008 D*S DIY contest, sponsored by 2Modern.com. it’s been a while since the last contest so i thought it would about time to get things going again. this year, thanks to 2modern and our friends at sparkability and growmodern, we’ll be giving away $1500 in prizes- that’s a lot of diy supply money!

because DIY projects generally take a while to do, we wanted to give everyone time to work on their projects, so we won’t be closing the submission gates until sunday, march 2nd. that gives everyone three full weeks to put on their diy hats and start opening up their tool boxes and craft kits. your project can be anything (furniture, decoration, etc.) that you’ve created by yourself for the home (sorry, no jewelry or fashion-based projects this year).

this year we’ll be awarding four prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and an honorable mention.

  • 1st place will receive a $500 gift certificate to 2Modern and a check for $150
  • 2nd place will receive a check for $450
  • 3rd place will receive a check for $300
  • and our honorable mention will receive a check for $100 toward future diy projects (or something else fun)

we’ll open up the polls to voting on wednesday, march 5th and will accept votes through that sunday, march 9th– with winners announced on monday, march 10th. and of course- we’ll give you a preview of the submissions as we go along.

here are the guidelines:

  • all entries should be emailed to designsponge [at] gmail [dot] com no later than 7pm EST on sunday, march 2nd. all entries received after the deadline will gladly be considered for our regular diy wednesday posts.
  • all entries should have the words “diy contest entry” in the subject line and include well-styled photos of the final diy project. if past contests are any indication you guys like to vote for photos that look as pretty as the project so please keep that in mind when taking pictures.
  • please note: we whole-heartedly welcome multiple submissions. if your project has appeared on another website or publication please note that in your entry. please do not send photos you do not want to run on design*sponge.

thank you to the incredible julia rothman for designing this year’s diy contest logo- you can check out her site right here and shop her new card collection from hello! lucky right here.

and thank you again to our generous sponsors: 2modern.com, sparkability and growmodern. you can visit their sites by clicking on their banners below.



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  • Like Justina, I’m also interested in being able to see the previous winners. Is this possible?

    Thanks for ridiculously cool contest opportunity!

  • I’m a bit confused by one of the answers above. The question by joe was whether or not before and after pictures are required. Your answer said yes they are necessary. But sounded as if you meant to say not necessary but helpful. Could you clarify please? Sorry if i’m being redundant!

  • Hello, i have submitted and entry and i sent a b4 and after pic but i was wondering if we need to send “lots” of photos and a blow by blow of how the project was done.
    i did sort of a pictorial step by step.
    should i send that in or wait til i win! LOL Thanks

  • hey – I was wondering if for the submission we should just attach pictures and a basic description of some sort, or can I add a little personal story? (mine has a history of sorts) thanks!

  • Can the interior of a house be submitted if the moldings, doors, built-ins and furnishings are designed by, built, carved and finished by the artist?

  • lucia

    the finalists will be posted on the main blog on march 10th. i can’t post everyone’s entries because we had hundreds ;)


  • jessica

    i may do a preview this week but we got way, way more submissions that i thought we would so i’m trying to wade through them all right now.


  • alexandra

    i will narrow down the entries to a top 10 (or 20, we’ll see how far i can get it down) and then you guys get to vote on winners.

    i’ll be sharing some of the entries that didn’t make the finals as well, because i think we’ll have a lot to choose from ;)


  • i can’t believe i remembered the wrong date for the deadline….
    Seriously thought it was this weekend =(

    I have no chance of submitting any more huh? ::sniff::

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