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How to Win Create & Craft Competitions

We regularly run competitions on our blog for our customers, but have you ever wondered how you can get more votes on our Craftie Challenge? How about how to get chosen to win our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest prize draws? If you want to make sure that you have the best possible chance at winning big, here are some handy hints and tips from us.

What is the Craftie Challenge?

Firstly, let’s begin with a brief explanation about the competition. The Craftie Challenge is designed for you, our ‘Crafties’, as our social media queen calls you. The concept is simple: submit a photo of your make following the month’s theme, share it with your friends on social media, then vote for your favourite entries from other crafters (it’s only fair, right?). The crafters with the most votes will win the prizes. You can submit any type of craft – it doesn’t matter if you’re a papercrafter, sewer, baker or knitter – but you have to stick to the theme.

So, what could you do to increase your chances of getting the most votes?

How to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Craftie Challenge

The image you choose to submit can change everything. You could create the best project the world has ever seen, but if your photo doesn’t do it justice, it could look pretty average. To take a photo that shows the true beauty of your make, we suggest the following…

  1. If you take a photo sideways, make sure you rotate it before you upload it. It’s difficult to see how great your project is if we have to turn our heads to look at it properly, so we really recommend turning it around. To do this, open up your photo in your computer’s photo viewer and click the ‘Rotate’ button as many times as you need to. If you’re unsure what this is, look for the little arrows pointing left and right.
  2. Take a photo of your make against a plain background. If your background is busy, it will take the attention away from your project. A plain background ensures that your make is the main focus. Try placing it on a table, against a white or colourful wall.
  3. Take advantage of natural light whilst photographing your make. Natural light will flatter your project a lot more than a dark room or dim artificial light. It’ll make the true colours of your work pop, whilst improving the overall quality of the photograph. So, the best place and time to take a photo is nearby a window or door during the day.
  4. Make sure your photo is in focus – blurry images won’t do your make any justice! Blurry photos drastically decrease visibility, so other crafters won’t be able to see your project. To prevent this, try to hold your camera as still as possible; any small movement can blur a photo. Look through your viewfinder or at the screen to check it’s in focus.

How to Increase Your Chances of Winning our Prize Draws

Our social media prize draws and competitions work a little differently to the Craftie Challenge. Instead of voting to win, you usually just have to like, share and retweet our posts, follow one (or more) of our accounts, or #hashtag a phrase of our choice. It’s as simple as that! Then, our social media queen will randomly select a winner from a list of the entrants.

Is it actually possible to increase your chances of winning…?

On the whole, there isn’t too much you can do. It’s a lucky dip, after all. However, there is one thing that will work in your favour if you’re selected. We understand that a lot of people like their privacy on social media, but if we can’t see that you’re from the UK on your profile, you can’t be selected as a winner. Unfortunately, most of our competitions are for UK-based crafters only. You don’t have to pinpoint your exact location, we just need a small amount of verification so we know that you’re eligible for entry. To resolve this, make sure your town or city of residence is clearly stated on your social media profiles.

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