The Clinic

Welcome to the clinic, a place to get help and constructive criticism on your projects. Here's a brief intro on what it is, written by AngryRedhead:

"Some Instructables don't get the attention that they deserve. Many times the reason boils down to presentation, and if the presentation is off in one way or another, an Instructable might flop no matter how wonderful the project is. The presentation of an Instructable requires a certain set of skills which involve story telling, technical writing, planning, and photography. Even the most experienced technical writers and photographers still benefit from an edit or an outside opinion. As an author, it's difficult to see the flaws and errors because your thoughts and experience fill the gaps that might leave readers puzzled. It happens to every author.

If you feel you have an Instructable that isn't getting the attention that it deserves and you would like some ideas on how to improve its presentation, please post a link to it! We're not here to tear it apart or to tell you that you're the most horrible, stupidester person in the whole wide world. We're here to give you ideas for improvement and hopefully get you more attention and recognition for your project ideas. Think of this like editing or proofreading which is something everyone needs regardless of experience, intellect, and knowledge.

If you would like ideas on taking your idea to the next level and making it bigger and more awesomer, please say that you would like this extra advice. You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best instructables have."

So... that's what this forum topic's for. There's a team of seasoned Instructables authors watching this topic, waiting to give you help!

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Kiteman7 months ago

Starting your first Instructable?

Trying to get more views for an existing project?

You need to read this guide:


Focussed on getting Featured?

You need to be aware of this checklist:


PLEASE, do not reply to this comment - you need to start a fresh top-comment for each new project or problem.

comments here are the opinions of those making the comments, and do not
guarantee that your work will be Featured or win a contest.

hjajadiya16 hours ago

I need feedback!


Hi everyone! I don't usually post here, but I recently made an instructable that I would love some tips on to get featured! Here it is:


I did have a problem with the cover photo and intro for a while so that might have been a part of it.

Thanks so much!!! :)

A few of the pictures of the clay are a little bit blurry So if you can retake them it would really improve the instructable. It looks real-awesome job!

Thanks so much! I'll try to get new pictures :)

Aloha Clinicians,

I posted this a few days back, and though it's gotten a respectable number of views and favorites, it did not get featured:


Since I'm trying for the "4 featured projects in April" contest, it'd be nice to have it in there. Any advice? Thanks in advance,


Giulia Art7 days ago


I made some changes to this instructable:

I originally had just the video in it but now i added step by step photos and text as well .

Any ideas to get it featured?

Meglymoo8710 days ago

I made some changes to this instructable http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Fix-PC-Over...

Any ideas to get it featured? I originally had all the steps in one big step because I thought the reader in a hurry to get their laptop to cool down might find it convenient to have it all in one easy step. But I know this is a no-no. So I've changed it to be separate steps. Anything else I can change? Thanks in advance :)

one thing that would improve it would be to take screenshots instead of taking a picture. Nice tip though!

(whoops! I deleted this post to change an error and didn't see your reply sorry!)

Lol...I was wondering where it went haha :)

I just had said that every picture except one was a screenshot. The one that I couldn't get to be a screenshot was the "right click on the battery icon" picture. The reason I couldn't get this one to screenshot is because when I clicked on my snipping tool it clicked off of the right click, so I couldn't get it to work. Any ideas for this? Also, do you think that one picture getting changed would be all it needs to get featured? Thanks much :)

Any tips on getting this one featured?



I published this Instructable some time ago, and although it got featured I was looking forward to it getting featured on the Newsletter. I need tips/critiscm on improving this Instructable so that it can be Newsletter Feature Worthy.

Brief Description: The Instructable is an IoT project whose main function is too Tweet the weather. It supports various sensors(air composition, temperature, humidity,rain,seismic activity, UV index, barometric pressure, altitude, lux(luminosity), sound levels, wind speed & direction). SInce the project is Open-Source & the code is modular, anyone can add their own sensor and the Tweet the data.

Meglymoo8710 days ago

One more 'ible I had a question about. When I wrote this 'ible, I thought it had really useful information in it because pooping in public is a pretty big deal to a lot of people (believe it or not). And these were tips I found to be very helpful. Granted, to make all the pictures my own (instead of using online pictures that look better), I had to draw some on Paint. Maybe not the best idea, but what else could I do (besides go to a local business and take a picture of two people laughing at the sink lol). I also laced the seriousness of the subject with humor to make the 'ible fun and more approachable. Any other ideas? Thanks again :) http://www.instructables.com/id/Tips-for-Pooping-i...


This is how you make the perfect trap for pesky little mobs that give you loads o' loot!

ManojR616 days ago


I have made some changes in the above instructables but still not getting it featured.

What kind of additional changes i need to make in order for it to get it featured

The idea is great but the CAD makes it seem complicated. Also, it would improve the instructable to take a look at this http://www.instructables.com/id/Pure-White-Backgr...

I'm always losing my dremel bits so I need to make one!

ManojR616 days ago

it even has a plan in it which the early instructables never had one. one can memorise and understand the plan first before taking any steps. what my approach is to get everything in head first then starting the job of work.

Max2Play17 days ago

Hi Guys,
We would really appreciate it if you could take a look at our newest Instrutable: http://www.instructables.com/id/3-Audio-Players-in...

We have done a few in the past and got featured for most of them. However, in this one we put probably the most effort. So we would welcome any feedback from you, the community.

stvnishere18 days ago

Can you guys take a look at my recent instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Starting-a-Balcony-Garden/ it was featured, but still, somehow I expected more views and many more comments, is there something I can't see, that you guys might spot?

hi there. I uploaded my first Instructable today. Any feedback would be much appreciated. Ta Angelina


ManojR624 days ago


I want the above instructable to be featured what kind of changes do i need to make in it. please help


Just published an Instructable on a topic I found really interesting. I'm not expecting a feature or anything, but tips for improvement would be highly appreciated, as I really want to share this idea with as many people as possible.



the finished product looks amazing! but you don't show a picture when you are halfway through. if you have a halfway picture it shows the reader what it should and shouldn't look like halfway through

ManojR625 days ago


I want the above instructable to be featured what kind of changes do i need to make in it. please help

you don't really have any pictures in it. If you added some pictures of you making it and using it would help make it better

it's just that you don't need picture of making it since it's a made entirely out of Diptrace software. files have been uploaded and link have been posted. and you can't hand make this thing at home. all you need to do is provide the gerber file provided within the zip/Rar file and PCB manufacturing company will make it and deliever it in your home.

then put a picture of the finished product

I posted my first instructable around a week ago and have so far managed over 1.1k views, which I'm fairly happy with. I'm wondering if you can offer any feedback or advice on this instructable and let me know what's missing to make it worthy of being featured.


Many thanks!

it is written up extremely well. The only thing I can think of is to show a picture or video of it in use in the end of the instructable.

brarath26 days ago


Please give me constructive criticism about my instructable. Its my first.

It looks like you've already been featured Great job! One thing that I can say that is probably holding your instructable back is your cover image. Since it's the first thing that anyone sees when viewing on the site it should be clear and show your final product. I would personally rotate it as well as make sure that it includes the entire project.

periprohus29 days ago

Hi there!

I just made my second instructable, and this time I tried to make it look a bit professional.


Any thoughts and tips are welcome!

mrw1220151 month ago

I made 2 instructables days ago. And I think it worth featuring, but not somehow. Please give me some advise so that I can get featured in the Arduino channel. Many thanks.




Can I have some help here please! :( I don't know why my last 5 instructables doesn't get to the feature section! for example I post this one yesterday, new subject, great photos, good English, with video! really that's make me sad :(


Hello. I just made an instructable. Here is the link: http://www.instructables.com/id/Ambient-Lighting-in-Minecraft-PE/

Please suggest a few changes so that I can get featured in the Minecraft channel.


aeracoop1 month ago


I just made an instructable:

How I can appear in laser cutting channel?



cinezaster1 month ago

Happy to get some reviews and feedback. I'm gonna add some extra pictures later. But my weakest piont is my writing and English.


DespinaV1 month ago

Hello! I discovered this awesome site a few days ago and decided to make my first Instructable! But it seemed to be vanished in the crowd! :( Any ideas of what to change? Thank you! ^_^


Hi everyone! I just joined Instructables and have made two so far. They were both featured, but I was wondering if anyone had some ideas of how to make them better or more appealing to people! Thanks!



Hi everyone,

does anyone have suggestions for this Instructable?

I first published it a week ago for review by my collaborator and immediately unpublished a few moments later.

I re-published yesterday and it seems like people are reading it but I can not find it in the actually category I posted it in. Any suggestions?

Cheers Alex

MakinThings1 month ago

Hello, I made major rebuilds of some of my first ibles from 7 years ago. Would it be possible to have them re-evaluated in the light of this?



And this new one was also essentially rebuilt a few days after I submitted it http://www.instructables.com/id/Crimping-Anderson-...


Hello again everyone I just got through editing this ible. It could probably use a little more work though. Any suggestions?


hopefully that link works, my computer's on it's last legs, lol.

This was an ible I wrote a while back which I later went back through and edited/improved the pictures. Never got featured but upon receiving some praise/advice I thought I'd bring it here to maybe get some constructive criticism on improving it. Any help would be apprechated. Cheers y'all


Any Suggestion to make it better? Its already featured.


Pleas help me I got my instructable featured but it has not got many pageviews!Any ideas to improve.The link is


It's at 20,000 views right now. It looks like it's your 5th most popular instructable. That sounds pretty good to me!

Yea! Alright now actually it was included in instructables email !

Please can you help me in this ible


Newsletter worthy or homepage feature??

I'll be very thankful to you!


I published one instructable yesterday


I got featured but got ononly 2052 views in one day! oneCan it be featured on homepage?? Or either in newsletter?

Please help!!

Can you suggest how can I get it featured on homepage??


klauson1 month ago

Today i made my first instructable.


Feedback would be great. Thanks!

Circuito io1 month ago

Hey there I would like your extra advice on how to get my instructables featured!


leon-anavi1 month ago

Hi, I recently started my first contributions. Could you please provide me feedback and ideas for improvement of my Instructable JavaScript for IoT: Controlling a Button on Raspberry Pi via Node.js?

you've written it really well but you don't say what it is/can be used for

Good point, I added a couple of sentences in the introduction to point out how it can be used. Thank you for the feedback.
Yonatan241 month ago

Can someone help me get my 9 Unusual Uses For Tissues Instructable featured?

I don't know what I did wrong, It looks totally "feature-worthy" to me



MahmoudTolba2 months ago

Here is a draft for my last instructable


I'd welcome any comments or constructive criticism on it.

Looks like a great 'Ible to me :)

Can someone help me to make my last two article in feature section please! both of them talking about new solutions they don't even exist on any website, maybe I made mistake or something!


and the second one here


for the photoshop one-writing out the steps would improve it

Thanks, I will write down my steps :)

diyfuntech1 month ago

Can Someone Tell Me Whats wrong with this??


pearlshah1 month ago

I would love to have suggestions/constructive critics on my instructable


I would like to get this instructable featured because it is in a contest.http://www.instructables.com/id/Super-Easy-Minecraft-PE-Trap/

Hello! If you could take a look at my project and have any suggestions/critics http://www.instructables.com/id/From-a-Simple-Plas...

Thank you!


Karebears2 months ago

I would love to have suggestions/constructive critics on my instructables-



Thanks so much!!!

Hi Karebears,

I had a look at your speakers and I do like this kind of low cost projects. What I noticed is that some of the pictures are very blurry and some are simply too dark.

I would suggest that when taking pics you improve lighting (this can be done quite effectively with some household lamps) and to use a stable surface for the device you use for taking pics (Mobile or camera).

Cheers Alex

I had a look at Growing Radishes. Looks good, nice photos and you've had quite a few views and favourites, so nothing major there to criticise. However: there are some typos, eg in the Step 1 photo ("If U don't to be messy") and Step 6 ("... but drown the plant."); a picture of harvested radishes is an obvious omission; there's no guidance on when to take the plastic bag off, or how long it will take to get any radishes. How do you know when they are ready to harvest? Can you eat the leaves instead if you can't be bothered to wait? Do you need to thin out the seedlings, or transplant them into bigger pots as they grow? For a novice gardner like myself, there isn't enough information for me to be confident I'd end up with a crop that made the effort worthwhile.

I have recently started sharing my projects/tutorials on instructables. One of the first three got featured too.

I would like to have suggestions/constructive critics on my these insturctables -



SteveMann2 months ago

Here's a rough draft of an article I just wrote;

Underwater Musical Instruments: sound from water.

I'd welcome any comments or constructive criticism on it.

I loved it! It would be nice to hear more of the underwater sounds maybe in another video? Best Regards, -Lee

studleylee2 months ago

Hi all, Can I get some constructive feedback on my 2nd instructable? Was the writing style difficult to read? Any help appreciated. -Lee


VanhemelenC2 months ago

Hi, I made this project last summer.


It's for people who are fond of the small world at our feets.

I will post a picture of it with ants, when I've put some in it.

Thanks for the feedback :)

it is pretty well written but you only have one picture and it's of the finished product so a few pictures of building it would improve the instructable

Thank you! That's quite impossible for this one, now :) But I'll have it in mind when I make a new nest, thanks!

diyfuntech2 months ago

Hi,Can Anyone Tell Me what Is the Reason I Am Not getting Featured??
I Would Be Really Thankful!


I think I know why... Well, your idea is very good, I like really like your project, and I think all of your viewers liked the idea, but you promoted your Youtube videos and your chanell, that is not such a big problem, but try to be more discret (Example put on the end of the video "Subscribe for more"). :) I voted, but you can make more Instructables for a contest.

So there is no possiblity of my project getting featured? :(

Dragos Iosub2 months ago

Hi instructables.com Team,

I just join this awesome community 5days ago and I've published 4 projects.

I've read your guidelines for enabling featured projects. I will
appreciate your customized feedback related to my projects, in order to boost them to the featured level, especially
for the first one and for the second.




Thank you in advance!


Cut down on the jargon - your titles are impenetrable. Your photos need work - they're crazy busy. Check out projects by randofo for ideas on how to do an electronics instructable well.


I will send you a private message. I think it is better in this way.

Thank you,


Thank you for your feedback makendo!

There are differences between electronics entry level projects (given by you as guideline) and the one published by me. Anyway, some lessons was learned.

I've made some changes (title and picture) for:


What do you think? There's better?

Thank you.


diyfuntech2 months ago
xp4xbox2 months ago

I am very surprised that my Instrucable was not featured. I spent so much time and effort on this, I thought for sure it was going to be featured. Can someone tell me why it isn't?


makendo xp4xbox2 months ago

Putting jargon into the title of an instructable basically limits your audience to those who know the jargon. Try to make it more accessible. Also, I think most people would be (rightly) cautious about installing a security .exe from an insecure source on the internet. Your first note also suggests that anyone with the program can unlock the file, which doesn't sound very secure.

xp4xbox makendo2 months ago

Thanks, just updated the instructable.

Yonatan242 months ago

I recently published an Instructable on Making a Woodworking Mallet (link to it), And I think I got all of the feature checklist features into the 'Ible.

Can anyone help, Or tell my why it didn't get featured in the Homepage? I expected it to get feature in the Homepage...

Thank you so much,

Yonatan :)

lgooms Yonatan242 months ago

I think you should have used the second photo as the main photo. You took nice photos, however, you chose to place words right over the item your Instructable is about. At a glance, one can not get a good look at it. Hope that helps.

Yonatan24 lgooms2 months ago

Thank you for your help!

What about now? Do you think it's betternow?

lgooms Yonatan242 months ago

Yes, better! Though I would have gone with no text for the cover photo. I don't think it needs it!


VanhemelenC2 months ago

Hi, I made this project last summer.


It is for people who are fond of the small world at our feets.

I will post a picture of it, when I've put ants in it.

Thanks for the feedback :)

Simonexc3 months ago



Could you tell me what can I improve?

All I kept wondering was, why should I make a light-up smiley face? If you made something with the smiley or even suggested some projects for its application, you might really have something there. Now, I can also tell that English is not your first language, and a few errors here and there might be overlooked by staff making choices about what to feature, but if you have a resource for cleaning up the english, that would be a major help as well.

Thanks for help! I'll take your advices info account. I have to improve my
English. I hope that it was possible to read :-)

Do you have a "Spell-Check" option on your computer?

This helps everyone, Including fluent English speakers

It was legible, but it was a bit exhausting having to figure out what you meant so often. I understand and think you should keep making instructables regardless of the english. As long as we can tell what you meant, it's still useful to someone looking to do what you've done. However, if you want to get it featured, the english likely needs some work. I looked at your 3D printed jewelry one and found it to be much easier to read. Good luck!

Thanks :)

Any ideas on how to get this homepage-worthy?


Giulia Art2 months ago

Hello guys any tips or suggestions for my Instructables? Thank you! I really appreciate your feedback!



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