You asked and we listened! Our spring Challenge this year is meant to let your creativity run wild... while keeping your pocketbook in check!
Your finished project can be anything you like - as long as it includes items from the Dollar Store (or dollar section at Target, or similar) and is turned into something wonderful or useful (or both!) with the help of Rust-Oleum products.
Any ideas yet? There's so much you can do!
Need a little inspiration to get you started? Here are some blogs with lots of great project ideas:
To participate in the challenge, you’ll need to use your DIY skills and at least one Rust-Oleum product to turn your Dollar Store item(s) into something impressive. Be sure to take before photos of your project and share the steps of your transformation. If you find an item you want to update but don’t know what to do with it, feel free to post a ‘before’ photo in our Discussion Forums. Ask the community for help, ideas, and tips for beautifying your item, and then come back to complete your submission before the deadline.
Once the submission phase closes, our team of Rust-Oleum experts will review the entries, and then the community will be in charge of casting votes to crown the winners! Our experts will judge projects on meeting all criteria, overall creativity, use of Rust-Oleum products, and most impressive finished product.
Winners of this challenge will have more dollars to spend on future DIY projects!
First Place: $200 gift card to Home Depot, Lowe's, or Amazon.
Second Place: $150 gift card to Home Depot, Lowe's, or Amazon.
Third Place: $100 gift card to Home Depot, Lowe's, or Amazon.
Plus, anyone who casts a vote during our voting phase will be entered to win a $25 gift card to to Home Depot, Lowe's, or Amazon.
Your item must be created between March 11th and April 25th,2022. Projects completed before this date are not eligible.
You must use at least one Rust-Oleum product on your project.
Incorporate at least one item from the Dollar Store.
Complete the Challenge submission form before 5:00 PM CST on April 25th, which requires you to:
Include ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of your project
Once all of the submissions are collected, our Expert Reviewers will have a chance to evaluate the projects to create a shortlist, ensuring all rules have been followed and select our favorites. We'll then pass the final vote to the Creator's Studio to crown the ultimate champions.
Here are the answers to some common questions that seem to be common during our Challenges. If you have a question that is not on this list, please send Lisa L a PM or send an email to CreatorsStudioSupport@Chaordix.com
What's the deadline again? There’s nothing like a deadline for motivation, and we recommend that you pay close attention to the deadline of April 25th at 5:00 pm CST to get your project submitted. If you click the 'submit' button even a minute after this, you will be unable to submit, no matter what you do. In the interest of fairness to everyone who submits on time, we can’t extend the deadline for submissions to this challenge beyond this date/time. So we recommend that you leave yourself plenty of time to submit your project in case you need any technical support from our team.
I'm having trouble submitting my project. Please, help! Please don't hesitate to contact our moderator, Lisa L via PM or via our support email address if you need any help. You might also consider working on your submission text in a document until it’s just the way you want it and then copy and paste it into the submission form in Creator’s Studio. (We’ve had a few people whose wifi has cut out or their device crashed mid-submission and they’ve lost all their work and unfortunately, we can’t help with anything that’s not saved as a draft.)
How can I make sure that my project advances to the Crowd Vote phase of the challenge? When our panel of Expert Reviewers creates a shortlist of submissions, we are looking for things like:
How well you executed your project
Did you meet all of the criteria / follow the rules?
Your use of Rust-Oleum products (for example, a project that uses a lot of clear spray paint in a finishing coat is an awesome and totally valid use for our products, but it often doesn’t show as well as other products)
How much time and effort went into your project
How unique and creative your project is
Since we rely heavily on your photos and video to show us what you actually did, the quality of submitted visuals is very important to us. So we recommend that you showcase your project in optimal lighting, with a background that makes the piece pop. Need help with this? Check out this 'How to' blog for tips & tricks!
Sometimes good projects don't get shortlisted for the voting phase because we just can't pick them all! But often projects don't get selected because the provided information wasn't as detailed as it could have been, there weren't very many good visuals of the project, because the amount of Rust-Oleum products used was minimal, or sometimes we just have to narrow it down and we don't want to have 10 different versions of the same type of project in the final shortlist. We know we say it all the time, but it really is difficult to eliminate projects before the voting phase!
Who can vote for my project during the Crowd Vote phase? Anyone who is a Creator's Studio member can vote for your project. It is ok to encourage your friends and family online or in person to vote for you. However, it is not okay to spend an evening at your computer creating multiple fake accounts to vote for yourself (trust us, we know when this is happening and you will be disqualified when you are caught). We also prefer that you don't solicit other Creator's Studio members for votes.