To celebrate the end of the year we already looked at the top 50 lists for comments, views, and ratings, but this time we're going to break it down by category. What's below is the top 10 list for each category in terms of views.

Of course, being popular does not absolutely imply that an Instructable is the best. Please view this list as an introduction to each of the categories.

So are you ready for a big ol' pile of data? Then dig into this.

Best of 2009: Top Viewed Instructables
Best of 2009: Top-Rated Instructables
Best of 2009: Most Commented


  Instructable Views
1 How to Make a Seed Bomb 67959
2 Building a Lightsaber 52474
3 How to Make 6 Pointed Paper Snowflakes 47051
4 Using Silicone based pastes to create quick makeup 38050
5 Beyond Belief and Back (in 30 secs.): An Optical Illusion 34743
6 Powerthief 34462
7 Identity Preserving Balaclava (all the warmth with none of the anonymity!) 33866
8 Homemade Stickers 33701
9 How To Make A Pinhole Camera 32795
10 Wall Illusion Easy Forced Perspective Wall Art 30675



  Instructable Views
1 Genuine chainmaille from pop tabs 136196
2 down and dirty screenprinting for under 10 96669
3 Sew a Where the Wild Things Are hat pattern 81731
4 Making A Glove Work With A Touch Screen 73539
5 Reusing Lightbulbs as planters or mini terrariums 69044
6 Make a Dress from a Button Down Shirt 54669
7 Recycled T shirt Necklace 42062
8 Drill Small Precise Holes'a0 41689
9 How to make a chainmail shirt 36883
10 Build a foundry and sand cast aluminum 36535



  Instructable Views
1 5 minute Ice Cream 137927
2 How to make a VHS video toaster 60196
3 4 minute Chocolate Mousse 58102
4 Tap a Watermelon or How to Make a Watermelon Keg 54667
5 Drumsticks 43252
6 Cupcake Cones 37509
7 How to Build Your Own BBQ Barrel 29615
8 5 Minute Pie 26205
9 Baked Brie 25377
10 Eggnog Recipe 23734



  Instructable Views
1 The Ultimate Nerf Vulcan Mod 58242
2 Cryptex 39889
3 Upgrading the Xbox 360 hard drive CHEAP 39692
4 How to Make an Irretrievable Easter Egg 37285
5 Pocket Sized Minty Catapult 37213
6 Electrified Monopoly Steampunk Inspired 31227
7 How to Make an Atari Game 26704
8 Hand made COG Tags 24204
9 Altoids Tin Travels Games Pocket Size Fun 21313
10 3D companion cube. Its time to fire up Inventor and make my own companion cube. 20131



  Instructable Views
1 48V Electric Flat Tracker 87878
2 Homemade Shampoo 72880
3 VERTICAL VEGETABLES quotGrow upquot in a smal 69467
4 How to Milk an Almond fresh homemade almond milk 55202
5 How To Make A Tesla Turbine Greenest Turbine 51267
6 Make a Solar DS that you will Never Need to Rechar 50994
7 Deodorant 50776
8 Hydroponic Food Factory 46595
10 Mini Solar Air Conditioner 41939



  Instructable Views
1 How to create a fiber optic starfield ceiling 69658
2 How to extend the life of your Razor Blade keeping it sharp for months and months 67488
3 How to Build a Polished Concrete Desk 62357
4 Locking a deadbolt from the outside without a Key 58800
5 Inexpensive DIY Under Cabinet Lighting 51326
6 Bottle Cap Table with Poured Resin Surface 51155
7 Scrap Table 49184
8 Build a Large DB8 HDTV Antenna Big Bertha 42152
9 Cardboard Lumber 38550
10 How to install a "garage door open" indicator 37583



  Instructable Views
1 1 ingredient Ice Cream 53431
2 Build a cheap and easy Den 17440
3 LEGO Halloween Costume 15410
4 fun jumpers 14926
5 The Princess Playhouse 14278
6 Fold a kitchen into your pocket 13231
7 How to use spaghetti to paint like Jackson Pollock 13106
8 Cardboard Frisbee 1 12395
9 Fun with bottles 11877
10 Broken Arm Lego Accessories 11343



  Instructable Views
1 Six Days a Week 34138
2 Pocket Sized Lantern 29334
3 emergency vehicle escape keychain 28622
4 The Quest for Ambidexterity 21761
5 Buisness card with mints 21525
6 Ideas for Altoids and other tins 21042
7 How to unclog sink pipes 21022
8 A sunrise and sunset lamp with LEDs 20914
9 How to Make Maternity Jeans Using Regular Jeans and a T-shirt 17330
10 How to get rid of Razor Burn quick 16777



  Instructable Views
1 How to Build Custom Speakers 47501
2 The Homewrecker 42765
3 The Prism A Laser Synth Guitar 41291
4 800watt 12 long 16quot diameter Bass Cannon 37711
5 Making Simple PVC Flutes 37321
6 Tic Tac Tunes 34690
7 Build a music studio in an apartment building 34554
8 Make a Korg Kaossilator Guitar 31978
9 Scallop Your Guitar Standard Scallop Frets 14 21 31270
10 Robot Voice Modulator 30838



  Instructable Views
1 The Twittering Office Chair 147512
2 Edible Shot Glasses 100593
3 Match Rocket 80254
4 Mini Spud Gun, Classroom Nemesis 62109
5 Chluaids 10 minute Monkey Fist 56203
6 Body Casting and Chocolate Molding 53805
7 Quick and Dirty Hand Held "Tesla Coil" 46306
8 Light Up Goggles 41083
9 Laughing Coke Can Prank 36471
10 Nerf Mods A Beginners Guide 35789



  Instructable Views
1 Sleep Warm Anywhere 55181
2 Upside Down Hanging Earth Box 48998
3 Homemade Sunscreen 46867
4 Stay Warm with the Heiny Heater 44366
5 Pocket Sized Camp Stove (The Improved "Penny Stove") 41268
6 Car Dash Camera Mount 39314
7 4-3/4 oz Ultra-light Backpacking Kitchen (video demo) 36801
8 Gas Bottle Wood Burner 34161
9 Arduino RC Lawnmower 31020
10 How to tie various knots 30755



  Instructable Views
1 Motion Sensor Cat Toy endless fun literally 28622
2 Cat Powered Auto Feeder 22159
3 Ikea Built My Cat Scratcher 17381
4 Automated Cat Feeder 17335
5 Clipping Chicken Wings 17214
6 Table Top Aquarium 16556
7 How to make a magnetic fish tank cleaner 16291
8 Cheap automatic aquarium feeder on the go 14687
9 The FerretMobile DIY Ferret Wheelchair 11501
10 Make Your Dog Into A Bunch Of Grapes For Halloween 11236



  Instructable Views
1 How to make a fish eye lens for a Nikon D-90 Digital SLR for $16 75690
2 iSteadii 20 Image Stabilizing Unit 49399
3 How To Take Great Close Up Photos 38717
4 Fakin It Polaroid Transfers That Look Real 31363
5 Kite Aerial Photography KAP 29823
6 Camera Light Ring 26752
7 How to Make a Snorricam 25687
8 Universal 2 Gyro Image stabilizer 23961
9 Portable Paperless Digital Copy Machine 23579
10 Single HD Gyro Image stabilizer 23324



  Instructable Views
1 Steampunk Segway Legway 78735
2 Bike Generator 63104
4 How to Strap a Leaf Blower Engine to a Bike and Go Fast 38570
5 Snail Art Car The Golden Mean 33879
6 Contactless dynamo powering bike safety lights 33775
7 Self balancing one wheeled electric skateboard 30640
8 Vehicle efficiency upgrades 28031
9 Building a quotUniverse Cyclequot 27876
10 Bamboo Bike Frame 27425



  Instructable Views
1 Convert your Honda Accord to run on trash 119089
2 Charge Your Cellphone Using Wasted Heat 73148
3 Spooky Tesla Spirit Radio 66156
4 How to Make a Synthetic Diamond 64783
5 Ballistic Gel 64509
6 Copper Fire Log Heater Burns clean with alcohol 57701
7 Water Bottle Bazooka 54319
8 Portable 12 Volt 17 Watt Wind Generator with Automatic Furling 53297
9 My home made solar cell 1 52221
10 Real-time Web Based Household Power Usage Monitor 51278



  Instructable Views
1 How to make a solar iPodiPhone charger aka Might 158887
2 A Word Clock 147826
3 How to Wire Your House With Cat 5 or 6 For Ether 124085
4 DIY High-Speed Book Scanner from Trash and Cheap Cameras 119346
5 How to make a fractal antenna for HDTV DTV plus 117538
6 Wave Laptop Stand Making 3D Shapes in Ilustrator 107970
7 Free Electronic Samples 94282
8 Wireless Power 84657
10 Cheapy Laser Lighter Burner 83765

 Number 8 in outdoors! :)
    now why is knex not considered a catagory in this contest it takes up a size-able amount of space on this site.if i had enough time i'd give an essay on why knex should be a category on this site let alone this contest
knex is no longer a category on this site, look up.
... i didn't mean that i ment it is considered a catagory on the site you seem to be looking at the catagories for this contest. am i right?
Not really, look at the bar of categories. There is no longer a knex category for some reason.
ok i noticed when i came onto this site i ment in the pat where you choose a catagory you'r 'ible is ment to be in knex comes up as one
hmmm......I wouldn't know for I havn't published anything recently :( , but that is odd.
yep that's the problem it might be that knex is a sub-catagory under kids. i don't know tho
this conversation has now ended, so lets not look into it any deeper please people.
But then why can you post an ible in the knex section?
shut up<br />
Um, yes it is, look it up
Just wondering, what catigory did the K'NEX Ibles fall under in this? <br /> <br /> I would guess Offbeat, but I just want to be sure.<br /> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
We should have a category for cumulative that credits authors who are more prolific but don't have a single &quot;monster&quot; instructable. The category should probably include only folks who have contributed at least one instructable this year so that older ones don't dominate simply because they have age advantage unless the author is still actively contributing in which prolific counts...<br />
Yay!&nbsp; Number 8 in Kids!<br />
<a href="http://www.knex.com/" rel="nofollow">www.knex.com/</a><br /> <br /> And here I was thinking it was a Klingon war cry!<br /> <br /> Live and learn!<br /> <br /> Jonathan<br />
&nbsp;Yay! My instructable is on here.
Amazing work every one, I think it's great that people can create and share their ideas over the internet and I take my hat off to each and every one of you.<br />
Were's the K'NEX catagorey?<br />
Knex isn't a category.<br />
Yes it is.
No it is not. <div class="navcatlinks" id="categories" style="">These are the categories. Look at the top of your screen.<br /> <ul class="curly orange"> <li><a href="../../../art" rel="nofollow"><span>Art</span></a></li> <li class="active"><a href="../../../craft" rel="nofollow"><span>Craft</span></a></li> <li><a href="../../../food" rel="nofollow"><span>Food</span></a></li> <li><a href="../../../games" rel="nofollow"><span>Games</span></a></li> <li><a href="../../../green" rel="nofollow"><span>Green</span></a></li> <li><a href="../../../home" rel="nofollow"><span>Home</span></a></li> <li><a href="../../../kids" rel="nofollow"><span>Kids</span></a></li> <li><a href="../../../life" rel="nofollow"><span>Life</span></a></li> <li><a href="../../../music" rel="nofollow"><span>Music</span></a></li> <li><a href="../../../offbeat" rel="nofollow"><span>Offbeat</span></a></li> <li><a href="../../../outdoors" rel="nofollow"><span>Outdoors</span></a></li> <li><a href="../../../pets" rel="nofollow"><span>Pets</span></a></li> <li><a href="../../../photography" rel="nofollow"><span>Photo</span></a></li> <li><a href="../../../ride" rel="nofollow"><span>Ride</span></a></li> <li><a href="../../../science" rel="nofollow"><span>Science</span></a></li> <li><a href="../../../tech" rel="nofollow"><span>Tech</span></a></li> </ul> </div>
Looking at &quot;Explore&quot; on the sidebar to filter by category, &quot;Knex&quot; is one of them. &nbsp;And it's a category on the forums.<br />
Yes, but is it one of the one's listed above? One of the original, major categories? Does fungus amungus, a very involved member consider it a category?&nbsp;I have nothing against Knex, I am merely stating the facts.<br />
Guys, I don't get this. My How to make a NES&nbsp;portable Instructable (<a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How_to_Make_a_Portable_Game_System/" rel="nofollow">www.instructables.com/id/How_to_Make_a_Portable_Game_System/</a>) should have been in 1st for ratings, 2nd for comments, and 12th for views. WHat happened here?<br /> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/?sort=RATING" rel="nofollow">www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/</a> &lt;My Instructable is the highest rated of all time.<br /> <br />
Aw, frick. Nevermind, guys. It was published in November of 2008. :( Too bad one of these wasn't done last year.<br /> <br /> Man, time really goes by quickly...<br />
These broad categories are unfair to narrowly defined niche interests!&nbsp;These &quot;view-based&quot; lists are a travesty! It's almost as if the Instructables crew believes that just because an Instructable generates tons of views, that means a lot of people wanted to look at it! Nonsense!<br /> <br /> Niche interests <em>deserve</em> to be overrepresented on this site, simply by virtue of the amount of complaining that happens when they're not. With that in mind, I&nbsp;hereby request, nay, <em>demand</em> that new categories be created immediately for Halloween-Costumes-Of-Aging-70's-Glam-Rockers-In-Platform-Boots, Chocolate-Candies-Made-From-Cheese, and Non-Pyrotechnic-Blood-Special-Effects-For-The-Stage-(Not-Film)-That-Were-Not-Made-By-Crosius. Only then will this inequity be rectified. Thank you.<br /> <br /> <br /> <em>This Comment is totally serious, and is not a joke, parody or satire of anything, especially not K'nex.</em>
You funny guy, you.<br />
If these lists are based on views, then you've overlooked<br /> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Laser-Triggered-High-Speed-Photography/" rel="nofollow">www.instructables.com/id/Laser-Triggered-High-Speed-Photography/</a><br /> <br /> At this time, the view count for it is 28K.<br /> <br /> Cheers,<br /> Brett<br />
These categories are based on the Instructables primary category only. That one is placed in the tech category as its primary.<br />
Wow, me bad!<br />
Dammit !<br />

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