Instructables and ReadyMade magazine challenge you to take everyday items and reinvent them as something new for our Mash-Up Contest!
What's a Mash-up?
Take two seemingly-unrelated things or ideas, and combine them in a new and interesting way. Refashion household staples with sustainable materials, customize your gear in creative ways, or breathe new life into tired conventional design using salvaged goods.
Whether you go for something classic, quirky, or just plain useful, we'll consider all contenders. It doesn't have to be complicated- we're looking for neat, well-documented, creative projects that make us stop and say, "Wow, cool!"
There are loads of great Mash-Up examples, so here are just a few to get you started thinking:
Remote Control Drawer Pulls, Ballpoint Cutlery, a Reel-to-reel Coffee Table, an Aquarium Coffee Table, Make a Skirt from Neckties, and an Altoids clock.
For more inspiration, The ReadyMade Project Archive now gives you full (and free!) access to all the great projects from the magazine's back issues!
One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a Coby Personal Media Player 4.3" widescreen with video recording and SD card slot, a $250 Michael's Gift Card, and an Instructables robot t-shirt.
Two (2) First Prize winners will each receive a sewing machine (a Janome HeartTruth sewing machine or a Singer sewing machine) and an Instructables robot t-shirt.
Ten (10) Second Prize winners will each receive a VPX Black & Decker tool set and an Instructables robot t-shirt.
How to Enter1. Publish your Instructable and add it to the Mash-Up Contest group from October 8, 2007 till 11:59pm PST on November 25, 2007
2. Document your project thoroughly! Use great text, photos, and videos as necessary to make sure other people could replicate your Instructable (see Official Rules)
3. Tell us what you did, why you did it, and how it works
All contest entries will be judged on the following:
b) Completeness, clarity, and quality of the Instructable, meaning
- clear, concise text description including a properly summarized introduction
- sufficient photos and text for all important steps, video if necessary
- clear photographs (2+ megapixel preferred), using macro mode for close up shots
- use of photo-notes where appropriate
- list of parts and tools required (if appropriate)
On or about 27 November 2007, judges from ReadyMade and Instructables will evaluate the entries using the above criteria.
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You must be 18 or older to enter, and a legal resident of the U.S. or District of Columbia.
You may submit as many different Instructables as you like; however each entry will be judged individually and you may only win one prize in the Mash-Up Contest.