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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Marbie257 days ago

I think it would be neat to see a contest where the medium is stone. You can do all kinds of stuff...paint them, make a walkway, decorate a wall...

trailtrekr16 days ago

Here are my ideas:

Geocaching Contest

Animation Contest

Pool Contest

and more to come!

Another Raspberry Pi contest!

sonic broom2 months 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!

We are running a Reuse Contest right now that these types of projects would be perfect for!

Yes I might enter if I get the time.

bginoza3 months ago

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

There is a Fandom Contest coming up which include video games and cosplay!

Contest Ideas:

1.Woodcarving Contest

2.Animation Contest

3.Geocaching Contest (

4.Chemistry Contest

5.Lego® Contest

Hope that some of these ideas become contests someday.

These are some great ideas! If you want to make a geocaching project, you might want to take a look at the Hiding Places Contest that is going on right now!

I would like to see more contests that level the playing field. I don't think that the issue is age, occupation, or experience.The problem is not a 47 year old competing with a 16 year old, or a professional competing with an amateur. I willingly take on any competitors, regardless of age or profession. What I can not compete against is access to specialized equipment worth $5k+. How can I possibly win a contest for $1000 of computerized gadgets, when I have no access to the gadgets to make the project entry? Entries created without using expensive equipment is easy to verify just by reading the entry. How about a low tech contest to win a high tech gadget?

propchap4 months ago

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

sto843 propchap2 months ago

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

Kiteman sto8432 months ago

1. Some of our best contest winners are teenagers.

2. How would we verify ages anyway?

d0vr Kiteman1 month ago

Please do consider this, or perhaps have prizes for different 'categories' of contestants? It does seem somewhat unfair to have contestants who have access to heavy machinery entering against those who don't. Same with contestants who have 20+ years experience in their area of expertise, against young kids with none.

I remember when the contestant winners tended to have extreme Instructables which were truly epic, but it seems that these days, teenagers are winning with what some might consider... less epic Instructables (forgive me)? Even when there have been the amazing, spectacular entries in the same entry pool. Is this a deliberate effort to try and spread the prizes around by chance? Separating the entries to some degrees would greatly improve the opportunity to focus on both types of Instructables in contests.

instructables has had a "youth prize" in some contests

but i don't think there has to be a "youth" contest

take ASCAS for example he is 16 and has won 21 contests

kiteman only has 3 more contest wins and he is 47!

Kiteman d0vr1 month ago

As I said - how would you verify ages?

katerlyn Kiteman2 months ago

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.

bertwert1 month ago

DIY Photography

there is a photography contest coming up already

When's the next fibers/sewing/fashion contest?

wmusser1 month ago

I think it would be a terrific idea to have a "upcoming contests" page on the app. It would help people who only use mobile to see whats coming up without having to open it up in the web browser.

Raitis wmusser1 month ago

There are a bunch of other things which could be added to the app, but I agree that seeing the forums and questions wouldn't be bad at all.

Instructables ought to have a second Book Contest!

fabloom1 month 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 broom2 months 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?

nancyjohns1 month ago

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

*Instructutorials: tutorial instructables

kokoleo2 months 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

Madman1462 months ago

I would like to see a Remote Control contest.

We should have a Game Life 5 contest

sto8432 months 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nancyjohns sto8432 months ago


Did you drink too much coffee???

too many whisky in the coffee? :-)

lol, yeah, maybe.

a LEGO contest would be awesome!!!

katerlyn2 months 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!

katerlyn2 months ago

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

We just had an animals contest!

nancyjohns2 months 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).

a make it safe contest!

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

King Awesome2 months ago

Another Drones Contest

nancyjohns2 months 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.

rickyeatough2 months ago

smartphone accessories contest, or a Virtual Reality contest.

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

zaphod072 months 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?

c1282 months ago

you can make DRONE contest ;)

- speed drone

- battery fly drone

- beautiful drone

- small drone

- low cost drone

Electrospark2 months ago

I just thought of a Steampunk contest!

Maybe a recycled light bulb contest? ^^

fryars1234 months ago

What about a farming/smallholding contest? any takers?

sto843 fryars1232 months ago

yes here's a taker

sto8432 months ago

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

sto8432 months ago

craziest hair contest

sto8432 months ago

collection contest

bginoza3 months ago

cosplay contest! XD

honey1813 months ago

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

starforest3 months 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!

Saiyam3 months ago

Maybe a breadboard contest or solderless projects contest.

ScarabCoder3 months 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.

zaphodd424 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.

Raitis zaphodd423 months ago

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

Corinbw zaphodd423 months ago

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 zaphodd424 months ago


I'm behind you on that one.

smalltortoise3 months ago

Custom video game controllers

Anachronistic contest (cannot use electricity)

Recipes for miracle fruit friendly foods

lakshay garg3 months ago

Robot contest Pleeeeaaase

nancyjohns3 months ago

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

nancyjohns3 months 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.

Raitis3 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 Raitis3 months 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 :)

harsh42993 months ago

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

Corinbw3 months ago

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

the_anykey3 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 D3 months ago

Can we have a contest on drawing!

Pencil drawing,water color and other types of drawing.

it will be interesting.

Not_Tasha4 months ago

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

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