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In partnership with the College of Engineering Multidisciplinary Design Lab, IIE hosts an annual Holiday Ornament Competition to encourage creativity and spice up the winter season. 

Are you a whiz on the sewing machine, an expert 3D designer, or a generally crafty person? Harness your talents and create a winning holiday ornament!  Be sure to read all the fine print below: 

The design must pay tribute to any holiday (Christmas, Kwanza, Lunar New Year,  Halloween, Hannukah, Winter solstice,  etc.)  or the winter season in some way. 


·      While there is no size restriction, ornaments must be able to hang on a tree, be fixed to a wall, be displayed on a windowsill, etc. . 


·      Your ornament can be made of any materials you choose; however, we’re partial to ornaments that incorporate multiple materials/technologies. 


·      The design must be fully original—no downloaded or prefabricated components. 


·      You can submit as an individual or as a team. (No more than four individuals on a team.)



·      How creative is the design?


·      How well did the design incorporate different materials and technologies. 


·      How well does the ornament pay tribute to the holiday/winter theme? 

Overall Appeal

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Best Combination of Materials/Technologies

Best 3D Printed Design

Best Villanova Theme

Details regarding the 2023 competition will be released in November. 

  • IIE's Maker Lab (basement of Falvey Library) has two 3D printers, a laser cutter, sewing machines, a Cricut, and lots of crafting supplies (beads, glitter, glues, paper, etc). Stop by anytime M-F between 9am-5pm and Stephen Green can help you with any of our tech. 
  • The College of Engineering Multidisciplinary Lab (located in Drosdick 105) has 13 3D printers. Stop by anytime M-F between 6am and 2pm and George Simmons can help you with SolidWorks design and 3D printing. Also, the Mechanical Engineering MakerSpace in Drosdick 011 has 6 additional 3D printers.