Take a tour of Instructables!

There's so much cool stuff here, I thought people (new and old) might enjoy a guided tour.

Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others. These awesome people make it all happen. The seeds of Instructables germinated at the MIT Media Lab as the future founders of Squid Labs built places to share their projects and help others; more history is here.

Instructables is the combination of a number of things. First, there are the Instructables themselves. These are step-by-step descriptions of things people want to share. They are educational, inspirational, and often replicable.

The Dachshund Wheel chair is my favorite. A passionate user shared something close to his heart, and has had a positive impact on many lives.

There's the whimsical: Magnetic Acrylic Rubik's Cube. And, of course, the whimsical inspired by the whimsical: Magnetic Rubik's Dice Cube. And, the plain ridiculous: How to Get a Free Yacht and its complete saga.

A cornerstone of what makes Instructables great is the comments. People ask questions, give praise, or offer improvements; this sets up a conversation between the project author and the community. Check out this cookie recipe where the author responds to a question about substitutions for someone who wants cookies now.

Many of the best Instructables have won one of our contests: Show Your Heart Valentine's Day Contest, Holiday Homemade Gifts contest, Take Thanksgiving to the Next Level contest, Halloween Project contest, and The Magnet Challenge.

Instructables has a lively forum for opinion and discussion. Really smart and talented people hang out here. Have a look at a forum topic on water tunnel testing complete with Reynold's number equations.

Finally, what really makes Instructables great is the community surrounding it. These are passionate people that want to share what they did and how they did it. In recognition of this, Instructables won the 2006 Wired Rave Award for industrial design. Instructables gave power to the individuals so they could positively impact the world. Also, check out some of the news articles about Instructables.

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Adoro novidades, quero dividir meu trabalho com vocês ensinando e aprendendo, valeu!


We are a very excited couple for starting using Instructables ;) Gonna upload right away what we did in our cooking show last week! More to come! Love from Portugal to everyone in here!

nearg1237 months ago

Can I use these ideas freely or do I have to ask the owner of the idea?

Kiteman nearg1233 months ago

Check the licence of the project, but the default licence means you can use them freely, as long as you do not benefit commercially.

(Sorry it took so long for you to get a reply.)

rdhochbaum3 months ago

why do many of the pictures that I try to upload not come out and I get a picture that says undefined instead?

That question needs its own forum topic, probably in the Bugs forum.

AdnamaG6 months ago

hi I'm new

MichelleErAzO8 months ago

Hi im new I cant wait to get started!!! and make friends

Tungtono8 months ago

Get started

tower7659 months ago

Does Instructables help a creator/contributor pursue a patent, and/or help to find a manufacturer and otherwise bring a product to market?

Kiteman tower7659 months ago


The vast majority of projects shared here are open source.

You might try the Kickstarter forums?

kokopona9 months ago

Hello I am just new, I think I have come to the right place and a great community, I hoping to learn as much from you guys and implements some of the project I feel is important to take on.

I hope that looking for something that is important doesn't get in the way of just making something and documenting it...

hamid451210 months ago

hello all i am hamid from IRAN my language persian

Thanks for advice and thank you all.

pjckmen1 year ago

I love it

Routy7 pjckmen11 months ago

Routy7 says good start. .NOW! how do I "look up" the subject i need. Where is the "search bar"

Kiteman Routy711 months ago

Look to the top-right of the page. The "Let's make" box searches the instructables, and the "Search forums" box searches the forums.

Sir zvavanhu12 months ago

Be creative , : be open to new ideas a all the time and be open to. New ideas and new approaches to your endeavors.

mcayer151 year ago

well i like the intro to it all

karmons1 year ago

Hola como busco mis instructables?gracias

Hi People, how to make on this instructables my projects

At the top, click 'create'

JM19991 year ago

Is there any tour available for a large family at instructables HQ in the following few years?

globus011 year ago

Hello, all.
Who can help me with a good image program for picture optimization for my website? Thanks in advance.

Have you tried Pixlr or GIMP?

Maybe you know some good programs for picture compressing?
Thanks a lot in advance. )

Sorry, but Google is your friend...

Right :), there are a lot of programs there a I have already found one, XnView, thanks Kiteman, for your kind help.

You're welcome.

Oh, not yet, thanks Kiteman for your kind advice, I will :)

JBC20101 year ago

Hello all, This Newbie is in Bullhead City, AZ. Hoping to find yummy recipes and fun DIY projects and share some of mine.

akd54541 year ago
Can any one suggest me , from where can I procure NdFeB Magnets, of size 50mm X 50mm X 12.5mm, grade 45, Qty,12 Nos, for my project on 'Free Energy'. And what is the cost, that I have to pay?, I SHALL MAKE THE PAYMENTS ON "CASH ON DELIVERY" BASIS, WHEN IT REACHES AT MY POSTAL ADDRESS.Thanks. A.K.Das.
Hi People, how to make on this instructables my projects
Jayesin1 year ago
I'm new too. I have a major question: Is there a index of projects where we can go and look at projects already in the system????
You can browse sections by clicking the Explore tab at the top-left of the page, or search on a specific theme by using the "Let's make" search box at the top-right.
kvkkumar81 year ago

Pranaam to all .......................
I am research scholar and a small painter . I need a old computer to complete my research work .
Please give an information that how to get free old computer to me .
Thank you ..............................
Krishna kumar K.V. ( )
reraer1 year ago
What benefits do I receive since I became a Pro Member? I was unable to download instructions for a tote made from feed bags so I payed for Pro Membership. Would I have been able to download that without this? Thanks
Kiteman reraer1 year ago
Downloading is just for pros.
hi what is keyword
It's a word that helps other people to find what they are searching for - like tags.
(removed by author or community request)
For any project, there's a "download" button just below the title.
how do you upload a profile picture
Go to your "You" page, and look to the left of the page for the words "Change Image(s)".

Click that, and you're away.
I wish the categories were more broken down. For example if I'm looking for tips on pro e/creo where do I go. If there was a cad category I would go into that and have all other cad platforms under it. Maybe searching would be a good method I don't know.
You can use the searches, but if I have a specific problem with a specific piece of software, the first thing do is look for dedicated help pages or forums.

If that doesn't work (and, so far, it has), I would contact the software publisher directly, and at the same time put a question in the Answers section here.
Jjcharris1 year ago
I made a wood fired oven last year and took pics along the way. Would that be a good topic or has someone already done it? Made it for under $200.00.
There's a saying...
You should share it. Even if it's been "done" before, I bet no one has made it exact the way you did.
psandhu1 year ago
I just joined. Thought it would be nice to work on something new. I hope it works.
ray603041 year ago
WOW there are others out there who are as goofy as I am! If anyone needs carton or display construction ideas or solutions - please ask. I have 40 years of making things that get thrown out.

Start posting instructables, then at least you'll have a photographic archive!
CANNOT THINK of a dang idea
vintammy1 year ago
Hey, this is just amazing and incredible stuff. I plan to use it to get ideas and as a resource for stuff that i plan to create.
I hope to use Instructables as a resource of new and creative ideas. I also hope to provide some of my own projects that might be of interest to the community.
Cool - what are you planning on posting?
I'm not sure. I plan on working on a project with my grandson. He's interested in robotics so that might be the direction we go. It will probably be designed around an Arduino Nano.
There are plenty of resources here to work with.
You may be interested in Instructable's resources for teachers.
Thank you. I'll be sure to check it out. We need all the help we can get to keep our instruction current and interesting.
bobalbury1 year ago
I appreciate people's creativity. This is both an informative and creative site. Well done, Bravo B )
Mr. Chango1 year ago
see i just found your site while surfin' the web and i faund it just amazing.
I think you ppl do a great job. I found very useful many of the articles and pdf docs that you share. I hope i can share something that can be as useful as it is for me.

Haris241 year ago
Hi this page is nice
Chrize1 year ago
I want to make a device that accepts voice commands(google calls it digital assistanance) searches the voice input in the memory which contains the command and then gives the output on the screen.......
eg.if I say 1+2 EQULAS......(here it should give an answer)........
how n frm where should I start?????
Kiteman Chrize1 year ago
You ought to start a fresh forum topic to ask this question.

CLICK HERE to start the topic.
tijaabo1 year ago
hey folks how i download ebook cuz he refuse me every time heeeeeeeeelp
eBooks are a pro feature.
Phumlani991 year ago
guys please help me out here, i wanna make or rather create an instruction manual for DIY flat pack Kitchen and BIC units.
Create an instructable on building them, then download the PDF.
wije3 years ago
Hi I am a business minded person .and specialized in appropriate technology.I feel most of the instructables are related to the same.Believe me,last 18 years I am in business buy selling creative products. I am open to help those who needs
Pozemku wije2 years ago
Hello! how are you, i do a lot of arduino, and i can do anything, if you have a business project in mind or an idea, tell me and i will make that true in arduino.

(Im business man too, i like forex market)
My friend is interesting at it,you can contact me and discuss.
yubah2002 wije2 years ago
hi can u help me to recall on how to devide this number?8/20?
coolfix wije2 years ago
One of my known source of poor women wanted to make a living by making paper bags,and paper covers used for paking,made from old magazines and news papers,they require marketing help,can u help.
Chrize1 year ago
I want to make a device that accepts voice commands(google calls it digital assistanance) searches the voice input in the memory which contains the command and then gives the output on the screen.......
eg.if I say 1+2 EQULAS......(here it should give an answer)........
how n frm where should I start?????
hacard1 year ago
Hola; Cordial saludo.

Seria posible que esta pagina la mostraran en español.
Loa temas son muy interesantes e instructivos, pero... desafortunadamente se encuentran escritos en ingles y es muy tedioso traducirlos.

Gracias por su atención.
Kiteman hacard1 year ago
Hello, Hacard, 
You may be interested in the comments on this topic: 

Hola, Hacard, 
Usted puede estar interesado en los comentarios sobre este tema:
nachiketa2 years ago
What is the meaning of ' favorite' tag
When you 'favorite' something you can easily find it again in your You page, under the Instructables tab, then favorites
Oh ok ok
Hi,I want to make a tesla coil at home so I need some instructions to make one.
At the top of every page, there's a search box that says "let's make" in front of it.

Type tesla coil in there, and then pick the result you prefer.
Lvdvgallery2 years ago
Just want to know if filling a wooden rain barrel with water will keep it from leaking?An old wine barrel.
If the barrel dried down too far the staves will have changed their shape and will have to be reshaped ( planed ) The hoops will need retightening and small imperfections between staves and between staves and the ends are usually patched with reeds Then the barrel has to be kept wet with sacking on the outside when not full of water or the same problem returns !
"Depends" is the answer. If it has dried out too much no amount of soaking will help. If it is just seepage when first filled then the wood should expand and close the gaps. Wish I could help more but going on my memory from the wood barrels at the farm when I was a kid.
fkuunang2 years ago
hi to anyone how looking at this message, i need you to tell me how i can join the freemason and secured my life and rich and famous .
happytobeme2 years ago
sounds like a nice site:)
mpenaman2 years ago
how do you make something and show it to people
How you make something is up to you (that's kind of the point), but take plenty of photos as you go, and then publish an instructable by hitting the "Create" tab at the top of the page and go from there.
cuznjun2 years ago
First day in, how can i edit a instructable that i have succesfully posted
When logged in, open the project of yours that you want to edit. On the right-hand side of the page will be author options, click edit
tigers582 years ago
I'm new to instructables, and I have some followers. So, what about followers? Do followers get automatic e-mails when someone posts a comment about the instructable, or when I reply to a comment? What about forums? Is there a handy list of forums on here someplace? And finally, for the time being, why isn't the word "instructables" in the text spell checker dictionary? :-)
When you post a new project, or start a new forum topic, they'll get an automated alert so they can check it out.

As for forums, click the "Community" tab at the top of the page - it's obvious from there.

You're welcome!
I'm new, and i have a question: Does anyone know if using an iPod for my photos will work out well?
As long as you keep them in focus, well-lit, and cropped as necessary, iPod photos are fine.
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