What kinds of contests do YOU want to see on Instructables?

Hi everyone! As we're planning contests for the next year, we wanted to get suggestions and feedback on the types of contests we're running. :D

Is there a contest we ran years ago you'd like to see again?
Any contests you're sick of?
A weekly challenge you'd like us to expand on?
Do you want the contests to be more specific or more open ended?

We're trying to shake things up in contest-land - so any and all suggestions are welcome! I'm especially interested in what types of tech contests you guys would like to see, as well as ideas for food contests. 

P.S. For anyone wondering about weekly challenges - we're still trying to figure out a way to do it that makes it easy for you guys to enter and easy for the editors here to run. But I promise we are discussing it! :)

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fabloom3 days ago

there can be a photo frame contest (can be made with all things except palstic and metals

we should have a sewing contest and/or refashion contest.

sonic broom1 month ago

Here are my ideas for contests.

Popsicle sticks contest anything that is made out of or uses them.

Invention contest

Homemade board games contest

chess themed contest

diorama contest

I hope these ideas may be of use to instructables.

+1 for Board games. I know I would have liked the 'how to play' contest to be flexible enough to allow for building custom game boards.

Yes I would like to have a contest like that.

+1 to Invention contest

+1 to Homemade board game contest.

We just had a contest that included board games & chess:

(Don't most contests involve some sort of invention?)

Yes i see.

A drought contest to help us Californians out?

nancyjohns11 days ago

How 'bout Make Video Games Contest? Instructutorials* on how to make games, tips, and improving your games.

*Instructutorials: tutorial instructables

kokoleo18 days ago

A perler bead contest.

A flower-themed contest.

A hat-making contest.

A contest all about hair - styling, accessories, etc.

The upcoming contest page was just updated and there is a hair contest opening in June.

6/22-8/3 - Hair and Makeup Contest

Hunting contest?

InstaMorph moldable plastic contest?

a injuries contest

Madman14622 days ago

I would like to see a Remote Control contest.

We should have a Game Life 5 contest

sto8431 month ago

DEFF. NEED TO DO THIS ONE: MINI VIECHALS USING ONLY KITCHEN THINGS!!!!! no cheating by saying you have a mini car in your kitchen....THE ONLY RULE:IT HAS TO RUN ON EITHER A MOTOR OR A SET OF GEARS like a bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Did you drink too much coffee???

too many whisky in the coffee? :-)

lol, yeah, maybe.

a LEGO contest would be awesome!!!

katerlyn1 month ago

A contest for ideas of how to score for fair winning....i could not find feedback or contact i inadvertently mentioned this in the forum. Thanks for all you do...especially to help pets and their owners.

Check out the contest FAQ hope that helps :) You can also always email any time!

Check out the contest FAQ here

Hope that helps!

katerlyn1 month ago

A contest asking for something like a deluxe new angle at creating a vented cat litter box...

We just had an animals contest!

nancyjohns1 month ago

How about a Hand-Held Gaming Contest? The idea is make hand-held games, modify consoles, and others!

P.S.: I just really like gameboys. lol

Oh, also, making consoles that are made to be played on a TV made into a handheld version. Like the Grape 64 and the Make a handheld NES. (portable nintendo entertainment system).

propchap2 months ago

I was wondering if you could do age groups for those of us who are competing against professionals. Please do. Thanks!

sto843 propchap1 month ago

yes! you should really do that because i'm only ** years old.

Kiteman sto8431 month ago

1. Some of our best contest winners are teenagers.

2. How would we verify ages anyway?

i agree....more work..let us just get good ideas out age limits.

I agree. Maybe a professionals contest, and a teens contest. It would also be cool if there were a student contest too.

a make it safe contest!

sonic broom1 month ago

Here is one more idea an oil based Plastic reduction contest.

Making you own bio plastics and ways to reduce your plastics consumption. also recycling plastic could be a part of the contest. Please tell me what you think of my idea. i think it would be a great contest for a good cause!

A freerunning / parkour contest would be awesome as I have seen a few instructables on it but not as many contests

Another Drones Contest

nancyjohns1 month ago

How about a contest where it's not centered around anything, but how well the instructable it's self is made? Meaning, don't judge it by what it's about, but how well explained everything is, good grammar, spelling, and good quality pictures.

smartphone accessories contest, or a Virtual Reality contest.

or even better, a Projector contest (all about projectors)

zaphod071 month ago

Wood working

What you can make out of a single 8ft whitewood 2x4. But allowed to use hardwear to finish.

Seamster was running a personal challenge like this!

I like the idea of bounding it like that. Maybe 1 sheet of plywood or a single deck board?

Another idea might be turning; maybe pens or simply state a maximum size?

c1281 month ago

you can make DRONE contest ;)

- speed drone

- battery fly drone

- beautiful drone

- small drone

- low cost drone

I just thought of a Steampunk contest!

Maybe a recycled light bulb contest? ^^

fryars1233 months ago

What about a farming/smallholding contest? any takers?

yes here's a taker

sto8431 month ago

kind of getting tired of all of the welding and soldering from trying to make the electronics...still have pics

sto8431 month ago

craziest hair contest

sto8431 month ago

collection contest

bginoza1 month ago

video game contest! video game crafts, video game mods, video game foods, costumes, accessories. So many possibilities.

bginoza1 month ago

cosplay contest! XD

honey1811 month ago

Lights and DIY audio contests attract me a lot! ;)

starforest1 month ago

How about a kitchen utensil contest or just kitchen contest? I've seen a lot of tool contests and it would be nice to have something a bit diffrent.

We do have a Snack Contest launching on Monday and some good food themed contests coming up this summer!

Saiyam1 month ago

Maybe a breadboard contest or solderless projects contest.

ScarabCoder1 month ago

Could you do one for paper airplanes? It would be really fun, and the judges could actually fly the paper planes and the one that flies the best will be the winner.

zaphodd423 months ago

There is very little about 'glass' on Instructables, as a maker craft or art form. And I dont believe there has has ever been a glass contest. Seeing as how the science of glass is so relevant right now, it would interesting to see what our fellow instruct-ablers think about the subject.

I completely agree, both me and others have suggested this before, so hopefully there will be something along the lines after all!

I was actually just gonna post an instructable on making glass because we did it in out material science class, but now I want to wait until this contest if it ever comes.


Kiteman zaphodd423 months ago


I'm behind you on that one.

Custom video game controllers

Anachronistic contest (cannot use electricity)

Recipes for miracle fruit friendly foods

Robot contest Pleeeeaaase

nancyjohns1 month ago

Please make another "MakerLympics" contest for summer of 2016!

nancyjohns1 month ago

Hand-Held Gaming contest. You can make your own hand-held games, modify pre-existing ones, or make a "meant-to-be-played-at-home" console into a portable version.

a reuse contest

Isn't that what Green contest are?

"Green" is not always about recycling or re-using, it's often about things that start with a low impact on resources or the environment.

The currently running Guerilla Design Contest is about reuse.

Raitis2 months ago

Just randomly got this idea and thought I'd share:

An In Disguise contest for stuff which looks completely unrelated to what it actually is. For stuff like laptop cases looking like books on the outside or regular looking pen which has a mike. Food would work too (maybe as judges prize).

Kiteman Raitis1 month ago

Oh, I like that!

An 'Anarchy and Chaos' contest?

'Show us your projects based on random behaviour, or how you tested your invention to the point of destruction. There is no light without darkness. Did you explore the dark side and come back into the light with a good solution? We want to know if the concept of ying and yang inspired you to solve a problem.'

A myth busters contest would be cool, where you take a myth and prove it wrong, like the TV show.

Photography contest :)

I would love to see a photography contest too! All the instructables depend on photographs and then are a ton of techniques for composition, lighting and artistic license. There are also very specific subject matter like photographing scenes such as desktop, indoor, outdoor, portraits and wildlife and each employs different techniques. There are a ton of methods for good post-processing, whether you are using instagram filters or using photoshop or lightroom with other post-processing apps. That would be a fun contest!

Yes it would be :)

harsh42992 months ago

A Vegetarian FOOD contest.THis would even inculcate a feeling to diminish the ever thought notion that "Vegetarian food is boring"..........

Corinbw2 months ago

A mini contest. Not the contest itself being mini, but the theme for the contest be anything mini.

the_anykey2 months ago

an kinetic sand competition. curious to see what people can come up with to make or use kinetic sand for. Love that stuff :-)

suhani D2 months ago

Can we have a contest on drawing!

Pencil drawing,water color and other types of drawing.

it will be interesting.

Not_Tasha2 months ago

Comic-Con contest, backpacks/bags, sewing, Doctor Who, coffee, LEDs, circuits, duct tape, recycleables, candles, beeswax, scents, clay/ceramics, hmmm....

Ceramics is definitely something I'd like to see more of on Instructables. A clay contest sounds great!

Hmm, clay / mouldable solids / papier mache etc sounds good. It could even include Shapelock and Sugru to widen the appeal.

Papier mache isn't clay, but you could widen the contest to handmade 3-D projects.

I know papier mache isn't clay, I was aiming at a general "soft mouldable stuff that goes hard" vibe.

That's another way of looking at it. I hadn't thought of that angle. I'm on board!


JM1999 Not_Tasha2 months ago

Circuit contest for sure!

Sir Bacon2 months ago

Airgun contest

Another low budget contest( i missed it and I had some amazing ideas)

Knife making contest

Why not a sleep contest? About a third of our 24 hour day is spent sleeping, so why not innovate to make that time more pleasant, more efficient, etc. Some possible entries could be a new idea for an alarm clock, a cooling pillow, a heated pillow, and much more.

you guyd should really make a cristmas greeting card design contest

terrorzord3 months ago

EVIL!!!! It's very disappointing when I type in evil. Chainsaw arms, infinite Necronomicon props, and sticking red led eyes on everything make up the bulk. C'mon.. let's have some more evil in our lives!

We did a Superhero and Supervillain contest recently! If Supervillains aren't evil, I don't know what is!

kokoleo2 months ago

Plush/doll/puppet contest

DIY shoes contest

Earthworks (outdoor art)

TV show or movie homage projects

Ebener3 months ago

Do a most easiest way to solve a rubix cube or pyraminx and the ball rubix things and so know what I mean.

a burning questions contest. I saw we had one years ago.

A instructables robot contest :)

Persona3 months ago

I think an Umbrella contest would be interesting. Something where you could modify or use or make an umbrella -- in time for the spring and summer rainy season!

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