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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a reuse contest

The currently running Guerilla Design Contest is about reuse.

Isn't that what Green contest are?

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.

Not_Tasha5 days ago

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

Circuit contest for sure!

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

you guyd should really make a cristmas greeting card design contest

terrorzord12 days 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!

kokoleo10 days ago

Plush/doll/puppet contest

DIY shoes contest

Earthworks (outdoor art)

TV show or movie homage projects

propchap10 days ago

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

Ebener14 days ago

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

zaphodd4216 days 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'm behind you on that one.

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

A instructables robot contest :)

Persona17 days 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!

Vyger17 days 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.

ogel18 days ago

A cardboard contest!

ogel ogel18 days ago

And a duct tape

AnoukW18 days ago

Things to make with (younger) children...

We should have a drawing contest.

THE GOOSE28 days 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!

Snowball1023 days 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 :)

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

fryars12326 days ago

What about a farming/smallholding contest? any takers?

GageGlade26 days ago

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

GageGlade26 days ago

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

GageGlade26 days ago

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

GageGlade26 days ago

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

abeaule1 month 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 GOOSE28 days 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...

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!

Boombuzz1 month ago


How about an Altoids tin contest; make something utilizing at least 1 Altoids tin?

Altoids tin projects are perfect for the Small Spaces contest that's going on right now!

Ha! That would be great if I had any Altoids tins!

I think we will be having a Prank Challenge in April!

Great! Could we have it before April 1 so I can get some new ideas? Of course pranks are fun year round. ..

Yes, it will start before April 1st and end a week or so after so there's plenty of time for documentation :)


starforest1 month ago

Last year there was a office supplies contest. Will it be again this year?

Maybe for ComiCon, a cosplay contest and a comic book contest.

For Chinese New Year, we could have a Chinese Cuisine Contest.

I think a comfort food contest would be fun.

For Maker Faire, we could have a fair fare contest. :)

FamousMods1 month ago

Id like to see more Micro-controller (Arduino) related contests, really just anything technology related!

We have some good tech contests in the works :)

AwesomeM11 month ago

Altoids tin contest would be awesome! Also more paracord contests and Minecraft!

Altoid tin projects are perfect for the Small Spaces contest that's going on right now!

I second the Altoid tins! or tins? You can buy cheap tins here too:

We did for a craft at an event :D

nancyjohns1 month ago

My little brother suggests a Medical Contest. About making medical supplies and how to use them.

mrsgyver1 month ago

How about an instructable to make something useful for the elderly or disabled. From scratch, or a clever modification. To make life a little easier or pleasant.

THE GOOSE1 month ago

how about a SIGN contest.

neon, led, metal, wood, paint, ???

garage signs, business signs, man cave signs, graffiti, things you made out of street signs, crop circles, whatever sign you made.


Breaking news: Stolen street sign amount just increased 5 times. Investigators suspect instructables users.

I sort of like the idea :)

I like that idea! I haven't heard that one before either.

I don't see any technology related contest coming up! :'(

Oh well, I'll have to wait a bit more before posting my first electronic instructable...

A lot of companies sponsor electronics contests, so they will be happening, they probably just won't show up on this calendar, sorry!

Okay, I can't wait! :D

I think we should have a penguin contest or challenge for anything penguin related. and the grand prize could be a roll of penguin duck tape & a i-pad or something. I hope we do because I have like a ton of ideas for a penguin contest I would probaly post like at least 20 instructables I have so many ideas.

That would be a pretty funny contest, but it's really specific. Maybe you can make some penguin themed projects that would fit into other contests? Maybe some kind of project for the Explore Science Contest about penguins! That would be awesome and then you could share your penguin knowledge with the world! :D

Sounds like a pretty neat idea! Penguins for Life!

Thanks I really hope we have it :)

indeepknit1 month ago

I'd love to see (and participate in) a kitschy foods contest.I mean funky looking stuff out of the 50's and 60's like aspics, bologna loaves, meatloaves covered in cheese sauce and peas, and fizzy green and pink cocktails. Please? It would be SO much goofy fun!

Haha, that would be so fun! I'll see if something like that would work :)

milkywaybar1 month ago

How about an Analog Game Contest? Things like board games, card games, playground games, etc?

We have been tossing this idea around for a while! Great idea!

indeepknit1 month ago

I'd love to see (and participate in) a kitschy foods contest.I mean funky looking stuff out of the 50's and 60's like aspics, bologna loaves, meatloaves covered in cheese sauce and peas, and fizzy green and pink cocktails. Please? It would be SO much goofy fun!

That would be a neat idea! Love it!

milkywaybar1 month ago

Or maybe a Fandom contest! Prop Replicas, Cosplays, and other projects from any popular series.

milkywaybar1 month ago

Perhaps a "Learn from your Mistakes" Contest? For Instructables on how to fix DIY mistakes, and even ones stemmed from mistakes?

THE GOOSE1 month ago

how about a contest for used auto parts.

cars, trucks, boats, planes, trains, motorcycles, semi trucks, ufos...

find unique ways to reuse parts on cool projects.

weather its for survival, art, furniture, or fun. it would be interesting to see what we build.

BenjiDaa1 month ago

A metalworking contest

i 2nd that idea!

tomatoskins2 months ago

We should have another copycat recipes contest.

I would enjoy that.

nancyjohns2 months ago

I suggest a Instrument Contest about everything about how to make instruments and how to play them.

I thought of this because I just looked around my room and saw lots of instruments that I can play.

It's on the schedule :)

Do you mean it's going to be an Instructables contest for sure? And if so when?

It's not 100% for sure yet, but it will probably be this spring :)


Rachael K1 month ago

Reclaimed Contest - Any old object or material refinished and repurposed. Perfect for Earth Day.

Outdoor Cooking Contest - Anything cooked outdoors. From everyday BBQ's to outdoor survivalists skills. Even eggs on rocks if you live in places like AZ. Great way to kick off Summer or Memorial Day.

Backyard Contest - DIY firepits, decks, patios, vegetable gardens, lighting, sprinkler systems, lawnmower mods...there are so many different ways to have fun with this one!

I'm new to this site so I have no clue if these have already been done.

AustinLLS1 month ago

I've been loving Instructables for a while :D I think the contests really challenge people and get out some really cool ideas.

Some ideas I think a lot of people would enjoy that may be good (others may have mentioned some, but there are 384 posts of ideas right now!)

-Social Media 101 (People teach beginners how to Tweet/Post/Instagram/Stream/Social Media safety/etc) (I would love to read those myself!)

-Something involving how people share/store/display their memories/photos/ephemera.

-More upcycle/re-purpose style hacks

-Book Art (Maybe gift card to Amazon for a prize? Half Price Books?)

-Office (workplace) Upgrades & Hacks (Or maybe Cubicle Space Hacks?)

-Setting Up Shop (how to sell things/advertise/list/marketing/working with a local SBA/making a business plan/accounting/all matter of setting up a business)

-Tiny House (building/living/organizing/installing a toilet...)

-Studio/Work Spaces (organizing, decorating, remodeling, layout)

-Fandom (like I did a couple of Doctor Who things-but Doctor Who may be too narrow of a topic to use only)

-I think someone mentioned Science Fiction - would love that!

-Dead Appliance & Electronics Hack (Hack up an old refrigerator/toaster/TV/Computer!)

Like I said, I love browsing ANY of the Instructable categories - even looking through the ones above my skill level. Some I have suggested to other people because I love browsing here! I enjoy that it isn't JUST for people with laser printers and AutoCAD, but I love that those are available too!

kokoleo2 months ago

A sports-themed contest. Sports-themed crafts, room decor, party food, etc.

A necktie contest.

A contest for pet-related projects.

A contest only open to kids.

We have the Tailgate Challenge coming up! Sports-themed crafts would be perfect for that!

Toga_Dan2 months ago

Organizing stuff.

Check out the list of upcoming contests! We have a Small Spaces contest coming up that I think will be right up your ally :)

JM19995 months ago

What would it be like if you limited the number of votes each person ha for each contest?

I think that 10 votes each or 1 vote per 10 views would be a good start.

JM1999 JM19995 months ago

** each person HAD**

The "D" key is hit and miss on my keyboard.

lime3D JM19993 months ago

Rather than limit the number of votes, I'd like to SEE the number of votes each instructable receives from the member community.

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