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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Hair/ beauty challenge

sabu.dawdy3 days ago

pickle contest.

Felt sheets challenge

Eyelet challenge

Organizing contest

Mesa Mike8 days ago

A Goodwill contest...you have to buy an item at Goodwill and turn it into something else. I like supporting nonprofits.

That basic theme is in a contest that just launched, actually: https://www.instructables.com/contest/beforeandafter2017/

The idea for this contest was initially "transform a thing from a thriftstore/craigslist", but for broader appeal it became a before-and-after, old-to-new sort of transformation theme. I hope you'll enter something!

Sam (seamster)

Community Manager

TheGunNut4413 days ago

A footwear/cobbler contest that encourages people to build shoes from raw materials.

Not_Tasha15 days ago

Fiber arts, cookie decorating,

BrittLiv21 days ago

Another time contest, please and one that has to do with cleaning. Those have obviously nothing to do with my current projects ;-)

vederstein2 months ago

Make something needlessly complex. I'm talking mechanical mechanisms that actually do something simple, but in an wildly complex way. It can be microprocessor or electrically controlled, but the workings should be mechanical.

The visual portion of a mechanical device can be memorizing.

Cams, gears, levers, rams, etc. Just make it far more complex than should be.

Think the old Rube Goldberg comics.

+1 Love the idea! lets do it

I like this. It reminds me of a VERY old Saturday Night Live "commercial" for toast. The product came toasted (choose from light, medium or dark, I believe) and individually packed in sealed bags. To serve, simply boil a pot of water, add one bag, and boil for a few minutes. Remove from water, cut open bag, and slide the hot toast on to your plate! Ha ha. Boil-in-bag toast. One of my old faves from the good old days of SNL.

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