People search for stuff at Instructables all the time. Sometimes they find what they're looking for, and sometimes they don't. But there are a few common how-tos that come up often enough that make us wonder, "why don't we have an Instructable on that?"

The answer is because no one has written one. But you can change all that.

Below is a list of Instructables that we'd like to have written.

Write an Instructable about one of the topics on the "Wanted List" and you will be eligible to win an Instructables Robot t-shirt, a Burning Questions bumper sticker and an Instructables Robot patch! The three best Instructables submitted in the contest will also win a copy of the Best of Instructables Book: Volume 1, autographed by the entire Instructables team!

Just be sure to provide a great Instructable and give it the same title as it appears in the list. Please read the full requirements below before entering as they have changed slightly from previous rounds.

Wanted List:

  • Remodel your kitchen
  • Learn to dance
  • Garden art
  • Dog treats
  • Remodel bathroom
  • Homemade pizza
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Homemade ice cream
  • Fix a leaky faucet
  • Clean windows
  • How to make paper
  • Canning
  • Build hydroponics
  • Write a resume
  • Make an avatar
  • Create a PDF
  • Make your own wedding invitations
  • Make up tips
  • Build a wrestling ring
  • Get on myspace at school
  • How to make fairy wings
  • Remove an ingrown hair
  • Microwave potato
  • Roasted garlic
  • How to clean a keyboard
  • Get rid of black circles under your eyes
  • Grout and tile cleaning
  • How to thread eyebrows
  • Find your bra size
  • Shoe shine
  • Draw manga characters
  • Paper mache
  • Clean a computer mouse (updated 3/19)
  • Homemade paper (updated 3/19)

  • Rules:

  • The Instructables have to be of very good quality. So include well written text, plenty of details, original pictures, and provide a thorough answer to the question. If they're lousy (and you know when they are), your project won't be allowed into the contest.
  • The Instructables have to include their own original images taken by you, the author. Instructables comprised of images found online will not be allowed into the group.
  • They have to be titled exactly as they appear above. Why? Because that's what people are looking for.
  • They have to have a publish date after March 5th.
  • They have to be on the list! Only Instructables answering questions on the list will be admitted to the group.

If multiple users decide to answer the same question, we'll pick the Instructable that answers the question best and declare them the winner. So make sure that your answer is the best it can possibly be.

That's it, so go forth and hunt down the answers for some of these Burning Questions!

Grand Prize: The top three Burning Questions winning answers will receive an autographed copy of the Best of Instructables Book: Volume 1 signed by the entire Instructables team, and a Burning Questions prize pack consisting of an Instructables robot t-shirt, a Burning Questions bumper sticker and a robot patch.
Value: $80

First Prize: Winning answers will receive a Burning Questions prize pack consisting of an Instructables robot t-shirt, a Burning Questions bumper sticker and a robot patch.
Value: $30

Open to enter: 2009-03-05 12:01 AM PST
Deadline for entries: 2009-04-12 11:59 PM PST

View Contest now!

Step 1: Official Rules

Official Rules
1. All federal, state, and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. No purchases are necessary; void where prohibited by law.

2. Participants agree to abide by all decisions of Instructables, contest co-sponsors, and judges, which shall be final and binding with respect to all issues relating to this contest.

3. Prize is not transferable and no cash alternative or prize substitution is available. Instructables and contest co-sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar prize of equal or greater value if the prize listed is unavailable for any reason. All potential winners are subject to verification at the discretion of Instructables and contest co-sponsors.

4. Winner agrees that prizes are being provided "as is", and Instructables and contest co-sponsors make no warranty, representation or guarantee regarding the prize, including but not limited to its quality, condition, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

5. Instructables and contest co-sponsors are not responsible for problems including (but not limited to) damaged, incorrect, inaccurate, lost, delayed, or defective entries, or for injury or damage to any computer resulting from participation in this contest. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void.

6. Instructables reserves the right to modify, cancel, postpone or end the contest at any time as necessary, at its sole discretion, or to disqualify any participant or winner, at its sole discretion, deemed to have cheated, destroyed, obstructed, or otherwise acted illegally or in bad faith in relation to this contest.

7. Instructables reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of the Terms of Service; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in a unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

8. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you represent and warrant that: you are over the age of 18, or entering with the knowledge and permission of your parent or guardian (subject to verification), and that the entry does not contain or incorporate the intellectual property and/or confidential information of any third party.

9. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you hereby grant Instructables a perpetual, irrevocable, sublicenseable, worldwide, royalty free right to publish and distribute your entry for their promotional purposes.

10. Governing Law: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the official rules, or the rights of entrants, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the substance laws of the State of California and any applicable laws and regulations of the United States.
what? that&nbsp; book with all those signatures has a value of +- 50$?<br /> alot of ppl here think that would be the bargain of the century XD<br /> <br /> anyway, i might make one when i get the time <br /> <br /> GL&nbsp; all<br />
I was just wondering, do we get the virtual patch that other users can see when they look at your profile page?
I have to say that I'm really beginning to worry here: While I barely made the deadline (and I didn't know there was a deadline!), my Instructable doesn't either appear on the Contest or Browsing the food section. In fact, it seems I can only find it in my account page. I might add that I already got the "waiting to be moderated" letter, then the acceptance letter for the contest. I insist: I'm beginning to freak out here!
Your Instructable is now live on the site and entered into the BQ7 contest. It got caught in one of our filters, but we've since cleaned your project out and restored to its full glory. Thanks for your submission. We will publishing the results as soon as possible!
Thank you. I was getting worried.
can anybody from Mexico participate? or just USA?
what does it mean <strong>make up tips</strong><br/>
Cosmetics, I think.
So is it possible to enter more than one Instructable for this contest? I mean for different questions.
Most certainly! You'll receive a prize for each of your projects that gets chosen as a winning answer.
look at this picture...i'm pdf the contain of what i browse in internet and then print screen it, after that pdf it again.
i have an idea...multi purpose pdf creator. anyone can pdf everything what u see at ur computer screen. publisher file, words file, power point, open office file, jpg, internet selection articles or picture. if want, u can pixclip want u see at screen then make some documentation in publisher. after that pdf it and share your pdf with other or use scribd community to share it. very simple but efective.
how to thread eyebrows? What to make them more bushy?
Threading eyebrows is a process by which you use strings to shape and pluck eyebrow hair.
oh, I was thinking someone was adding thread to their eyebrows to make them more fuller and bushier.
There's a lot of potential in that idea - it could be the makings of a great Instructable!
<div style="margin-left:15px;"> <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/iVmbHB2p4WM"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/iVmbHB2p4WM" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344" wmode="transparent"></embed></object></div><br/>
Do you expect us guys to know what that means?
Putting together a "Canning" Instructable could be a problem this time of year: what's available now in canning-worthy quantities? ...Crocuses? ...Marshmallow Peeps? I suppose I could use frozen fruit, or blow the rent money on fresh strawberries carbon-intensively flown in from Chile - - Hey, that must be it: Southern-Hemisphere-based home canners are finally getting their big chance! :)
I don't get Rule #2: "The Instructables have to include their own original images taken by you, the author. Instructables comprised of images found online will not be allowed into the group." If I find a nice image on net (suitably public domain, or with license requiremenents I can & will meet); of the world's dirtiest window, or most cannable peaches, or something; what's wrong with including that image in an Instructable for the contest?
Having overseen 6 rounds of Burning Questions already, one thing I've noticed is that when authors actually do the Instructable, and take photos of their actions themselves, rather than just piece together instructions from photos they've found online, the quality of the Instructable is much, much better. So, one or two great images found online is ok, but when the whole Instructable is pieced together that way, it can start to cause some problems. The rule is really just in place to encourage the author to make/clean/build/craft the project themselves, a staple of the great projects on the site, and therefore be that much more of an expert and well informed author.
Thanks, Noah :)<br/><br/>I guess I misread the statement of the Rule. I thought it meant <strong>no</strong> images <strong>at all</strong> from online, when (if I've got it right this time :) it really means that the substantial majority (the overwhelming preponderance?) of the images must be your own pics of your own work.<br/><br/>Just in my reading random Instructables, I've seen the same strong correlation between pics-all-cribbed-from-the-net and not-so-superlative-how-to's.<br/><br/>Thanks again. <br/>(Wow, you're even working on Saturday! At 8:00 am, no less! :)<br/>
Could the next burning questions round be more tech-oriented? There aren't too many arduino ibles on this site.
I think there's one or two of those I'd be able to do well :D
The one burning questions round i won was the one without the t-shirts, makes me sad that does. Ah well theres always this round
Sweet! I can do one right now! :D
Oh! I could do a couple of those, but I'd have to make the equipment first... Time is the problem...

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