Jury-rigging, also known as McGyverism after the resourceful TV secret agent, is the use (or mis-use) of ordinary objects to solve difficult problems fast. Now is the time to feather your mullet, and put on your thinking cap made from bottle caps, yarn, aluminum foil, and chewing gum.

We'd like to see you solve a real problem with what you've got on hand. Remember, MacGyver made stuff out of necessity: we're looking for ingenious solutions to problems you face in everyday life.

To enter, simply think like MacGyver, and submit your own jury-rigged Step-by-Step, Photo, or Video instructable. We are particularly looking for well-documented instructables that show off unexpected ways to use everyday items to solve complex problems. Participants will have the chance to win the Ultimate Jury-Rigger's Prize Pack.

Multiple entries are accepted, but each entrant can only win one prize. Contest is open to entries from US, Canada [excluding Quebec], UK, China, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, India, New Zealand, and Denmark. The Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PT), March 18, 2013. Contest closes for entries at 11:59pm PT, April 29, 2013.

The winner(s) will be solely responsible for complying with any and all applicable statutes, laws (including, without limitation, common law, if applicable), rules and regulations and for bearing any personal income tax, VAT, withholding taxes, customs duties, or other taxes, fees, insurance, surcharges or other costs relating to receiving, claiming or collecting any prize.

The Jury Rig It! Contest is closed.

Grand Prize


First Prize (1)

One First Prize winner will receive an Ultimate Jury-Rigger's Escape Pack, which includes:

Runner Up Prize (10)

Ten Runner Up prize winners will receive:
  • Instructables Swiss Army knife
  • Paperclips
  • Duct Tape
  • Double Mint Chewing Gum
  • and an Instructables Prize Pack

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Mar 18, 2013 and Apr 29, 2013 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Jury Rig It! Contest. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.