Announcing August’s Design Challenge Themes

JUL 5, 2019

Spoonflower’s Weekly Design Challenges encourage creativity by inviting our community to submit designs around a theme and vote on favorites to win weekly prizes. See what design challenges are coming up and which designers were crowned grand-champion in past challenges.

Dinosaurs | Entries due by July 23

Did you know that the word dinosaur means “terrifying lizard”? This week’s challenge theme has us going back in time: 66 million years, to be exact! While dinos may no longer be roaming Earth, we are putting on our adventure gear this week to take a walk through the land of Dinosaurs. Will your design take us to the land before time, or will it celebrate the paleontologists that have taught us about these ancient creatures? No matter which direction you go, we are sure your design this week is going to be dino-mite!

Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close July 23 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins June 25. Winners will be announced August 1. See official rules.

Feline Frenzy | Entries due by July 30

From the cool cats to the yoga cats, to the big cats and the silly cats, your challenge this week is to create a repeating pattern featuring your favorite feline. The Spoonflower community has proven they’re smitten for kittens and on the prowl for meowvelous designs to use for DIY projects like cat bandanas and beds. No matter what your purr-fect vision will entail, we know it’ll be the cat’s meow!

Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close July 30 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins August 1. Winners will be announced August 8. See official rules.

Pirates | Entries due by August 6

Ahoy, landlubbers! From black flags and bright parrots to treasure maps and doubloon-filled chests, we want to see your best swashbuckling design. Whether you create a cute take on seadogs for a kid-themed party or try to “shiver me timbers” with sharks, swords or shipwrecks, we can’t wait to see what you’ll unearth. Maybe you’ll even discover a historical female pirate or two. Heave ho!

Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close August 6 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins August 8. Winners will be announced August 15. See official rules.

Color-Blocking Shapes | Entries due by August 13

This week’s challenge will have you brushing up on your color theory 101! Inspired by bold, complementary colors and defined shapes, we’re celebrating the retro art style that’s been popping up in fashion and homes. While traditional color-blocking in the modern art movement was most frequently colored squares, we challenge you to think outside the box block by showcasing your unique take on this colorful concept. Whether it’s a design inspired by the wall art down the street or a nod to the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, you’re going to want to block off time for this challenge! 

Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close August 13 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins August 15. Winners will be announced August 22. See official rules.

Moths | Entries due by August 20

Like a moth to a flame, this week’s theme will have you rushing to grab your medium of choice and start designing! Did you know that there are over 160,000 species of moths in the world? Whether you decide to feature fuzzy green luna moths, the dramatic gum moth of Australia, or any other moth-tastic species, we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close August 20 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins August 22. Winners will be announced August 29. 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 50

Each of the top 50 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.


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  • Had to comment on the amazing number of wonderful entries for the Limited Palette Challenge(voting ending today) They are not my favorite colors so was impressed with how they were used so well.!!

    • Hi Dale,
      Thanks so much for sharing! We can’t wait to reveal the winners tomorrow.