The best instructables are written by people who are passionate
about what they do and
want to share
their knowledge. So, the best question to ask yourself about writing an Instructable is this: "Am I passionate, enthusiastic, and really excited about the project I am about to share."
Some good examples
of Instructables written by passionate people:3-D ScannerMagnetic Acrylic Rubik's CubeDixie Cup Spherical DodecahedronTeddy Bear Remote ControlDachshund wheelchair
We are also looking for people to write Instructables on some specific topics. Check out the Burning Questions
if you are looking for something to write an Instructable about.
If you have a question, comment, idea, or request for collaborators, please post that in the forums. Instructables must include instruction.
Of course, there are some exceptions. If you did something that completely failed, and can teach others how not to repeat your error, that can make an excellent Instructable. Check How Not To
for a good example of this.
Please do not make Instructables that violate our terms of service. Here is a brief, human-readable version
of the TOS.
Instructables is rapidly evolving, growing, and becoming more and more exciting. Our vision for the project is captured in the about
page, but I thought you might enjoy a more practical approach. So, here's a human readable terms of service (from here
Please use Instructables to:
- Document and show off how you built your projects.
Projects can be in any form -- half-finished (the documentation should be complete),
hot off your work bench, or fully debugged and ready to make a million units.
If there's instruction, if someone can learn from and improve upon your work, it's an Instructable.
- Demonstrate how to do something.
This could include showing
how to change a car tire,
how to use a software product,
how to sail a boat.
- Solicit feedback or help on projects.
Post useful comments and suggestions on other people's projects.
Work together with other users to improve on projects.
Post derivative projects that show your contribution or innovation to an existing Instructable.
We are working on tools to make this easier.
Did you make two widgets, but only need one?
Are you willing to cook your awesome recipe for others?
Are you the best at what you do and willing to share your service?
Let people know. We are working on tools to make this easier.
Please don't use Instructables to:
- Advertise without any useful instruction.
- Post projects that are inappropriate.
There's a "grayzone" that includes all the things you might think it includes: obscene projects, clearly unsafe projects with no warning or instruction, and projects that are previously copyrighted or rely solely on copyrighted or otherwise protected materials. If your project is in the grayzone, we may decide to un-publish or delete it.
- Post comments that are mean-spirited or insulting.