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What kinds of contests do YOU want to see on Instructables? Answered

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! :)

Have prize suggestions? Check this topic.
Want to get a preview of some of our upcoming contests?

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KC007
KC007

3 days ago

Saw the Skateboard challenge from last year. Hoping they do it again.

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rosie95
rosie95

9 days ago

cat contest,
PLEASE!

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rpitechguy
rpitechguy

Reply 3 days ago

Ah. I think the Pets challenge just ended!

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MACCOS
MACCOS

4 days ago

a box one would be cool

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Mattock_Man
Mattock_Man

6 days ago

How about a blue tarp contest? What can creative types come up with from the ubiquitous blue tarp?

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ThatOnesMans
ThatOnesMans

9 days ago

Car furniture contest. Building furniture with the parts of a car.

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rpitechguy
rpitechguy

Reply 10 days ago

Phew. I was like, "OMG what do you mean no we are in a lockdown and even then no lightning"
Oh...

Oops, I guess lightning/lamps would be fun!

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rpitechguy
rpitechguy

11 days ago

I missed this year's Raspberry Pi contest, and I made a good project recently!
Welp, 1 year to improve it!

I'd really like more of Arduino and more tech stuff...

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randofo
randofo

Reply 10 days ago

Maybe it will qualify for one of our other contests?

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rpitechguy
rpitechguy

Reply 10 days ago

Not presently, but good point!

Maybe audio would work... it has speakers, and any other stuff like 3D printed case even!
Thanks!

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Wired_Mist
Wired_Mist

19 days ago

make it fly contest please!

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TheGrantAlexander
TheGrantAlexander

19 days ago

I would love to see a Curb Appeal Contest - All things that help increase the curb appeal of your home.

These are things other people may like that i would not do they are just ideas!! tools contest, grapic design, cake decorating, carving, party, magnet,

I would like to see a sidewalk chalk contest, pillow cover, DIY, balloon contest (using balloons to make things), pencil (pencil tops or make your pencils diffrent colors). bored challleng (things to do that make so you are not bored), font challenge, watercolor,

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Raxathor
Raxathor

25 days ago

A fire Contest ...etc

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Arduino009
Arduino009

27 days ago

A Photography Or Camera Relating Contest!

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W-C123
W-C123

4 weeks ago

origami contest

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MakerMan_
MakerMan_

5 weeks ago

lamp/lighting contest

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Marve48
Marve48

5 weeks ago

Cake decorating contest.

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christian_oo
christian_oo

5 weeks ago

Don't know if I've already missed it, but I would love a Scrapwood Contest!

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38ren
38ren

5 weeks ago

A soft skills contest!
I know on Instructables often we see projects and tutorials for physical and tangible things like food and crafts but I think that a contest focusing on how-to Instructables for life skills and soft skills would be super unique and interesting!

(i.e tips and tricks for resume building, time management tips, how to be more confident, etc. )

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Astjaeger
Astjaeger

5 weeks ago

maybe a streach, but i would like to see something about chemicals, anodizing, micro mecanical engeenering ...

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RaghavS30
RaghavS30

5 weeks ago

Eco-friendly or Innovation for Earth

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Gagan_Arora
Gagan_Arora

6 weeks ago

More Raspberry Pi Contetests!

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38ren
38ren

7 weeks ago

Pasta contest

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Microbe
Microbe

7 weeks ago

Party

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Microbe
Microbe

7 weeks ago

There is a copycat recipe competition...the entries are great

How about a what I call "tart it up" competition. Where you take a basic recipe and tart it up somehow. My go-to is a jar of off the shelf pasta sauce, but then add cooked onions, mushrooms, capsicum etc to make it the sauce it could have been ;o)

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stutzmaster
stutzmaster

8 weeks ago

can we have more knex contests

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runciblefish
runciblefish

2 months ago

I see a lot of nice restorations of vintage items here; everything from rusty pocket knives to furniture and old cars, remade as good as new or better. How about a rebuild/restore contest.

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Krzykowski
Krzykowski

2 months ago

Bricklaying, laying bricks on time :)

A forging or metalworking contest would be great. Not sure if you guys will do another knife making contest because of the terms, but anything related to metal, jewelry, etc. more often would be sweet.

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randofo
randofo

Reply 2 months ago

We run a Metalworking Contest once a year. The way that the calendar is shaping up, this year's contest will likely be in the fall. That said, there are plenty of other contests where metalworking projects would eligible.

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chanut.thomas
chanut.thomas

2 months ago

Electronic Component Upcycling Contest

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justmightdiy
justmightdiy

5 months ago

A Resin Challenge would be AWESOME!

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

Reply 4 months ago

We're hoping to run an Epoxy Speed Challenge in April :)

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justmightdiy
justmightdiy

Reply 4 months ago

Woo hoo!!!!

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justmightdiy
justmightdiy

Reply 2 months ago

Thanks! I was so happy to see that - already entered! :)

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Mustafamahi
Mustafamahi

2 months ago

Really good experience to visit this site

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runciblefish
runciblefish

5 months ago

You guys are awesome. I don't know how you come up with so many great contest ideas.
I'd like to see what people come up with for a "feather challenge."
Also, I think it would be interesting to see what people come up with for making use of leather scraps. Leather is expensive, so I'm always looking for ideas on what to do with the small scraps left over from bigger projects. I'm not sure how to word that, but a small projects challenge might be interesting.

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

Reply 2 months ago

We also have a scraps speed challenge planned to start April 27th too :)

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

Reply 2 months ago

We have a Leather Challenge starting in a couple weeks on April 27th :)

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Cheesey125
Cheesey125

3 months ago

Bring back the audio challenge. Though, for anything that really requires someone to buy something, put it toward the end of the year. (virus)

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

Reply 2 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion :) yes, the images above are past contests.

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danieldenny987
danieldenny987

3 months ago

you should run a contest with the topic of magical items so people can see what nearly magical things they can make on instructables