Announcing April’s Fresh New Design Challenges

MAR 17, 2017 updated Mar 20, 2017

April showers bring floral design challenges! After you take a short break during the Annual Employee Design Challenge, that is. That’s right folks, for the first week of April the tables will turn and Spoonflower staff members get to put on our designer-hats to face off in a beloved annual tradition. Inspired by the constant strive for balance, this year’s theme is Opposites Attract. Employees submit designs, and the community votes on a favorite. Take that week to visit some gardens and gather inspiration, because the rest of the month is dedicated to floral designs with a twist. Read on to find out more.

Employee Design Challenge: “Opposites” | Results Announced April 6

It would be an understatement to say the team working behind the scenes at the Spoonflower HQ is a creative bunch. Whether we’re sewing up sample projects to test new fabrics or creating designs for our personal Spoonflower or Etsy shops, the creative juices are always flowing! However, as many of you may already know, Spoonflower employees must hang up our weekly Design Challenge hat once we start working here, as employees are not eligible to enter contests. Enter the annual Staff Challenge! The tables will turn, as designers get to sit back and take a week off while Spoonflower employees go head to head in a creative battle! The theme of our Staff Challenge this year is “Opposites Attract.” The twist is that each employee submits a theme inspired by opposites, then the themes will get scrambled up and distributed out, so each participant is given an Opposites theme that was submitted by someone else. Employees will be given a week to create our designs, then the community (that’s you!) gets to vote as normal. We’re super excited about our grand prize this year, the employee with the most votes will get to have their design printed and turned into a Unicorn bust from Near&DeerSubmissions close March 28, 2017 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Voting begins March 30, 2017.  See official rules.  

Paper-Cut Florals | Results Announced April 13

Channel your inner Matisse during his cutouts phase as you dream up a bold and graphic floral design. Actually taking scissors to paper is not required, but do your best to create the same effect whether you use print making, digital, or hand painted methods. Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.”  Submissions close April 4, 2017 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Voting begins April 6, 2017.  See official rules.

Limited Color Palette Succulents | Results Announced April 20

We know our community loves to create and sew with designs inspired by succulents, so we thought we’d try a Design Challenge using this theme with a restricted palette twist! Evocative of a desert sunset; deep, cool greens and earthy corals take the lead in in this limited palette challenge. Whether you use watercolors, vectors, or a block print technique, we can’t wait to see what you come up with! Black and white are optional, and you must use at least 2 of the colors from our palette shown above. Please use only the full opacity of the colors, transparent variations will not be accepted. Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.”  Submissions close April 11, 2017 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Voting begins April 13, 2017.  See official rules.

Birds & Blooms | Results Announced April 27

Birds and blooms go together like copy and paste! In the springtime, we can’t get enough of watching our feathered friends fly from one plant to the next as they aid in the crucial pollination process that helps plants thrive. Create an original surface design featuring flowers and birds in all their springtime glory! Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.”  Submissions close April 18, 2017 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Voting begins April 20, 2017.  See official rules.

Grand Prize

One Grand Prize Winner each week will receive $200 in Spoondollars. The winner will also receive additional exposure in our email newsletters, professional photography of their printed designs, and social media mentions.

Second Place

The 2nd place winner will receive $100 in Spoondollars.

Third Place

The 3rd place winner will receive $50 in Spoondollars.

The rest of the top 10

4th through 10th place winners will receive a $20 Spoondollar credit.

All of the top 25

Each of the top 25 entries, determined as set forth above, not receiving one of the foregoing prizes will be automatically proofed for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace (approximately a $5 value) (the “Runner Up Prize”) if winners are verified sellers.


News & Updates

  • Starting this month, designs that have been previously uploaded to a Spoonflower account and set to private, will now be eligible to enter into a Design Challenge. Previously uploaded public designs are still not eligible to enter. So if you uploaded a design a while ago that’s set to private, and has never-before been seen in the Spoonflower marketplace, you’re welcome to submit it to a contest as long as it fits the theme.

Good luck, designers! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!  See the current top 10 winners. 

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  • Oh my gosh! What are you doing to me?! How can you have such brilliant timing?! Haha! I’m off to the Melbourne Flower show right before the Spoonflower month of flower challenge. Now I’ll have toooo much inspiration! 😂

    Love tge themes and looking forward to seeing the staff challenge too. Xoxo

  • Um….is your hex code for the middle color missing a number/letter? There are only five digits….