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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"Under Budget" Contest:

Create anything, but stay under a set dollar amount (you have to provide links in the instructable to all materials showing cost). Good way to get a variety of Instructables with known costs for the person who wants to tackle the project.

There could be a $5, $20, $50 and $100 categories.... with prizes for each.

Be creative but cost conscience also!

Good Idea! LIke the budget idea and prize breakdown.

+1 Great idea.

Contests I Would Love To See (and suggestions for each)

1) Face Painting Contest (I was inspired by David Lynch's 2011 contribution with Duran Duran on their "Unstaged" film, so I figured that for each person who enters their face paint design will have their work featured during the celebration of the group's 40th anniversary, which will also be to honor the appreciation of their fans; in addition, I would love for the entries and the early contributions from the film to be featured in a book project named after the art installation from the film which was called "All Of Us Now".)

2) Flea Market Flip Contest (find a flea market find that you can reinvent, re-imagine, re-fix, etc.)

3) Cupcake Wars (the best cupcakes by the best finalists will be featured at a Maker Faire)

4) Letters & Numbers (create a project that uses letters or numbers)

5) Gold (incorporate gold into a piece; i.e. chair, face paint design)

6) Dr. Seuss (project inspired by classic Dr. Seuss stories; Green Eggs & Ham, The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss' ABC, etc.)

7) 1980s (project inspired by the 1980s; movies, music, TV, pop culture, art)

8) Upholstery / Fabric (reupholster a piece of furniture or incorporate fabric into an object)

9) Holiday Fun (Christmas / Hanukkah / Kwanzaa / New Year's)

10) Social Media Remix (recreate a project inspired by a favorite YouTuber, blogger, or other social media artist; i.e. Bethany Mota, Rosanna Pansino)

Contests I Would Love To See Again

*Trash To Treasure


*Homemade Gifts

*Summer Fun


*Valentine's Day

*T-Shirt Transformation

*Duct Tape

*Big & Small

*all of the Halloween contests

ecrouch9 days ago

I have a contest suggestion. I have a young daughter who would like to enter projects in your contests but her skill level can't compete with the older, more experienced makers. I'd like to suggest a "kids only" contest. Thoughts?

Do you mean something like an "under age __ contest"? I think there was something like that a few years ago...

I think that would be abused by the sorts of parents who do their kids' homework projects for them.

Better to look for the occasional "first time author" contests, or maybe follow them up with a "second project" contest?

Sandwich contest

"Reparing dead gadgets" Contest. what about it?

nancyjohns2 days ago

How about a Books contest? So the idea is that you could enter things like bookbinding/techniques for bookbinding, making things out of old books, etc.

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