Make: DigiFab Ornament Contest

This contest is over and the winners are being selected. Winners will be announced on December 20, 2016.

Contest status

Judging in progress

Winners announced by: December 20, 2016


First prize

One-of-a-kind embroidered patch, designed and created by Caleb Kraft, Make: Senior Editor, plus a magazine subscription and the winner's choice of one of the following Make: kits — Getting Started with Arduino, Getting Started with Raspberry Pi, or Getting Started with Soldering


Project submissions open:

December 5, 2016 at 8:19 AM PT

Project submissions close:

December 19, 2016 at 11:59 PM PT

Winners announced by:

December 20, 2016

Contest brief

Ah, December.

When the air chills, the days shorten, and the workshop beckons...

The holidays are almost upon us – there's no better time to put your tools to use in making some festive holiday decorations! Break out those 3D printers, CNC machines, laser cutters et al.

Make: is looking for the coolest, most unique digitally fabricated holiday ornament that the community has to offer. If it’s yours, you’re in for a special treat. We’ll be awarding the first place winner with a Make: magazine subscription, a totally custom, one-of-a-kind Makey patch, and the winner's choice of ONE of the following items: Getting Started with Raspberry Pi kit, Getting Started with Arduino kit, or Getting Started with Soldering kit.

To enter, share photos of your completed ornament, along with the design file and the step-by-step process you followed to make it.

As is the case with any exceptional community, we always get scads of genius, lovingly made entries. Even if you're not chosen as winner, look out for our honorable mentions!


  • Must be an original design (designs that are taken from another maker or from third party intellectual property such as Star Wars will be disqualified)
  • Must be reproducible on a digital fabrication machine — 3D printer, CNC mill, lathe, or router, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, embroidery machine, etc. Your design file must be shared as well.
  • No offensive materials
  • Bonus points for the inclusion of Makey, moving parts, print in place, and/or integrated electronics!

Judging Criteria

The entries will be judged by Matt Stultz, Make:'s Digital Fabrication Editor, along with members of our talented 3D printing testing team (meet them all by scrolling to the bottom of this page). Entries will be judged based on quality, creativity, completeness of the submission, and aesthetics.

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