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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sonic broom8 hours 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.

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

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

Yes i see.

sonic broom8 hours 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

propchap1 month ago

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

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

sto843 propchap10 days ago

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

Kiteman sto8434 days ago

1. Some of our best contest winners are teenagers.

2. How would we verify ages anyway?

Another Drones Contest

nancyjohns2 days 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)

zaphod077 days 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?

c1286 days 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? ^^

fryars1232 months ago

What about a farming/smallholding contest? any takers?

yes here's a taker

sto84310 days 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sto84310 days ago

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

sto84310 days ago

craziest hair contest

sto84310 days ago

collection contest

bginoza11 days ago

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

bginoza11 days ago

cosplay contest! XD

honey18112 days ago

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

starforest16 days 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!

Saiyam16 days ago

Maybe a breadboard contest or solderless projects contest.

ScarabCoder17 days 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.

zaphodd422 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.



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

nancyjohns22 days ago

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

nancyjohns22 days 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.

Raitis25 days 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 Raitis24 days 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 :)

harsh42991 month ago

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

Corinbw1 month ago

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

the_anykey1 month 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 D1 month ago

Can we have a contest on drawing!

Pencil drawing,water color and other types of drawing.

it will be interesting.

Not_Tasha1 month 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!


Circuit contest for sure!

Sir Bacon1 month 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

terrorzord1 month 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!

kokoleo1 month ago

Plush/doll/puppet contest

DIY shoes contest

Earthworks (outdoor art)

TV show or movie homage projects

Ebener1 month 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 :)

Persona2 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!

Vyger2 months ago

I just had an interesting message exchange with another member and we would suggest a type of wood contest in which no purchased wood is allowed. In other words you can't go down to the store and pick up a sheet of plywood. Instead everything has to be either previously used and so recycled (like pallet wood) or processed from your own source as in your own trees. Need a 2X 4, then pull it out of a building, but no purchasing wood. Hardware like screws and hinges would be OK but no new wood. Scraps and left overs that would normally get thrown out would be OK. And you need to validate your wood source with pictures, like a scrap pile or such. I keep piles of salvaged 2 x 4 for all my projects. Take the nails out of them and stack them up. Hey, You could call it a "green" wood contest.

Another one that I thought of the other day would be a wire art contest. There are a lot projects that are made with wire. I searched for them and there are many but I don't think there has ever been a specific contest using wire. As an example this is a wire sculpture I ran across.

ogel2 months ago

A cardboard contest!

ogel ogel2 months ago

And a duct tape

AnoukW2 months ago

Things to make with (younger) children...

We should have a drawing contest.

THE GOOSE2 months ago

What about a contest that kind of evens the playing field. how about a contest that has us all use the same items, but can use them how ever you want. to make what ever you want.. for instance -

a coffee can, paint, string, 2x4x2', and a Twinkie.

just make it things that most people would already have around the house. or make them ridiculous items like -

a quart of oil, a skittle, the plastic thing that hooks on the toilet from the toilet cleaner disk, and a broken tragicomedy voice box.

just a idea bouncing between my ears...


sounds fun and challenging!

Snowball102 months ago

A special diets food contest would be great! People could enter recipes that are vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, clean, plantbased, etc.

We should have a summer contest but right before summer so I can get some good ideas :)

TheGrovestead2 months ago

Can you enter multiple categories?

Generally, you can enter one instructable in up to 3 contests and you can enter as many projects as you want in each contest, but if you enter more than one instructable in the contest, only one of your projects can win. Hope that makes sense! If you have other questions, you might want to check out the Contest FAQ thread that you can find here

GageGlade2 months ago

I was thinking of a contest thats space based, Rockets, Engines, Fuel, Things that contribute to space travel and things of that nature.

GageGlade2 months ago

I was thinking of a contest thats space based, Rockets, Engines, Fuel, Things that contribute to space travel and things of that nature.

GageGlade2 months ago

I was thinking of a contest thats space based, Rockets, Engines, Fuel, Things that contribute to space travel and things of that nature.

GageGlade2 months ago

I was thinking of a contest thats space based, Rockets, Engines, Fuel, Things that contribute to space travel and things of that nature.

abeaule2 months ago

I'd love to see "amateur" type contest ! Things like the wood working but were people without the tools or space to get professional results have a chance ! Don't get me wrong the winners were 100% deserving, but it would be cool to have challenges or contest more "average joe" level.

good idea :)

THE GOOSE2 months ago

How about a sharpie contest that you could - draw something on your wall, use it to roll out some cookie dough, use them like Lincoln Logs and build a small crack house for highlighters, or a really short car hood prop.

just some more pong between the lobes


Thank you so much for the Music and Audio contest! I've been waiting for one for so long. Here we go...

NomadHobbyist2 months ago

A lighting contest, glass contest, maybe every month having an upcycling challenge with specific items for example utensils, corks, coins, leather jackets, twine, etc. For Halloween season, candy making contest, pumpkin carving contest. During the summer, camping contest, summer sweets contest for example Popsicles, lemonade, etc, a beach contest.

I like the monthly upcycling challenge idea and I think we are sort of trying to do something like that, starting with the rubber band challenge!

I totally agree. Contests challenge me to come up with something new, and I love the simplicity and challenge of trying to come up with something using a very specific everyday item.

We have some good ones coming up in the future (duct tape, PVC, zip ties, hot glue, glitter, etc.) and we would love more ideas :D


I just fixed my helmet with hot glue!

Yeah, that's true. I've had some more ideas since. Upcycling: Bike inner tubes, newspaper, soup cans. An ice challenge. A movie themed contest. You could do individual franchises such as Indiana Jones, Star Wars, etc.

Or a TV show contest:Doctor Who themed stuff, etc.

We would love to do things with franchises but we can't do specific ones because of copyright issues. We are trying to figure out ways to incorporate them in bigger, more general contests (the Apocalypse Preparedness contest for example was based off an idea to do a Walking Dead themed contest) hope that makes sense :D Keep the awesome ideas coming!

Boombuzz2 months ago


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