Dec 4, 2014

Every year at Christmas, the White House opens its doors to tens of thousands of visitors from around the country to tour the holiday decorations. This year, for the first time ever, the White House is inviting makers and innovators around the country to participate in the White House 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge.

In October, the White House announced the 3D Printed Ornament Challenge in partnership with the Smithsonian. The Challenge "invites makers, artists, designers, engineers, and anyone interested in 3D modeling and 3D printing to design a winter holiday-inspired ornament."

More than 300 creative and beautiful winter-inspired designs were submitted and twenty innovative designs were chosen as finalists.

On Wednesday first lady Michelle Obama unveiled the holiday decorations, inlcuding five 3D printed ornaments desgined by students, tinkerers, engineers and artists. These five designs were 3d printed and will be displayed in the East Wing over the holidays.

The winners of the first ever White House 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge are:

"Winter Snowflakes"

"Winter Snowflakes" Created by: Gil Rivera, Montclair, NJ .

"This intricately designed ornament of interlocking snowflakes evokes the beauty that comes with frosty winters."


"Library of Congress"

"Library of Congress" Created by: Vicky Somma, Occoquan, VA

"The design for Vicky's entry was inspired by one of her family's favorite destinations in Washington, D.C. -- the Reading Room in the Library of Congress' Jefferson Building."


"Star of Bliss"

"Star of Bliss" Created By: Roy Eid, Houston, TX

"Much like the way this ornament was created, through the mirroring and patterning of a simple line, the Star of Bliss signifies how a small act of kindness can transform and spread to create a wonderful, positive outcome."


"Presidents of Christmas Past and Present"

"Presidents of Christmas Past and Present" Created By: Antar Gamble Hall, New York, NY

"The 44 stars featured around the ornament pay homage to the 44 presidents which have led this great nation."


"Winter Wonderland of Innovation"

"Winter Wonderland of Innovation" Created by: David Moore and Brandy Badami, Livonia, MI

About 65,000 people are expected to visit the White House during the holidays. If you want to add a piece of White House history to your holiday tree this year, you can download and print one of the winning designs from the Instructables (links above) by visiting

Check out the ornaments being printed in the video below:


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