shopping cart checkout

The snow may still be falling, but we can already hear the crocuses singing and smell the roses coming. With spring just around the corner, it is time to build our collection of garden décor to grace the pages of our Mother's Day catalog.

If you have a design for those with a green thumb or a lover of the outdoors, we want to see it!

GRAND PRIZE: $500 cash + an UncommonGoods vendor contract

All runners up will receive a critique of their work from the guest judges, as well as tips for marketing and growing your business. Additionally, the UncommonGoods buying team will be happy to review your full portfolio and may consider adding the work submitted to the UncommonGoods website in the future.

DEADLINE: January 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM ET

What can I submit?
We want to see your great sculptures, pots, birdhouses and other original designs for gardens and yards. We love designs of all shapes, sizes and materials but do not sell items made of leather, feathers or other materials sourced from animals. Only finished products, please.

What does it take to be an uncommon artist?
Your designs should tell a story, be intelligent, and show your individuality. We love to see designs and gadgets that are original and uncommon!

Got a Question?
Browse through our rules, or send us an email to garden-contest@uncommongoods.com If you have trouble with the form, make sure you've filled out your contact info — especially a valid email address! — before you upload your images.


erin f

Katie is an associate buyer at UncommonGoods. Always on the lookout for great new products, Katie spends time scouring blogs, shops, flea markets, antique shops, craft fairs, and of course, the occasional trade show.

amanda b

Chris has been involved in the gift ware industry since relocating to Tucson, AZ in 1989. After working for several local design companies, he founded Frontier Studios, a southwest inspired plaster cast sculpture studio. Frontier grew in leaps and bounds, and was eventually purchased by Thirstystone Enterprises, where Chris stayed on as Creative Director. Feeling stifled by the limitations of working in plaster and resin, he soon turned to steel as a medium, and it has been testing his creative metal ever since.

entry form

Please complete each of the sections below

  • contact info

    How did you hear about this contest?
  • product info

    Is your item made with recycled materials?
    If yes, how are the recycled materials used and where did you obtain them?
    How should customers clean or care for your item? If your design makes it to our voting round, we will share this story with your design! Feel free to include links to websites, and upload photos, sketches or video below for our buyers to get the bigger picture. (750 characters max.)

    How is the item made? Where is the item made?
    Is your item already for sale? If so, please list all retail
    locations and websites.
  • photo & video

    Please upload up to 5 photos (.jpg or.png only). For maximum details on the zoom feature, provide a 1200 * 1200 pixel, 72dpi file of less than 2mb.

    After selecting your files, click "Upload" before continuing the form.

Please read and check the boxes below if you agree with thier terms
I represent that that this is an original design or that I have all legal rights to the work I am submitting, including its intellectual property.
I have read the fine print and acknowledge its terms may apply if I want to sell my product to UncommonGoods.

gift finder

Choose one or more options below to find your perfect gift.

gift finder submit