Packaged meals can make life easier, but can sometimes be found lacking. Share how you jazz up prepackaged meals for the Out of the Box Challenge!

We're looking for food/cooking Instructables centered around some type of packaged meal/food and how you change it up from the normal directions. This could be as simple as adding meat to spaghetti sauce, or possibly adding fresh fruit or spices to cake mix.

Have fun with it and try to think outside the box!

*This theme can be confusing but we're looking for that fun middle ground between making something purely from a boxed/canned mix and making something from scratch ingredients.

The Out of the Box Challenge is closed.

Grand Prize

19 Prizes

Grand Prize

One Grand Prize winner will receive:
  • $250 Gift Card

First Prize

Three First Prize winners will receive:
  • $150 Gift Card

Second Prize

Five Second Prize winners will receive:
  • $100 Gift Card

Runner Up

10 Runner Ups will receive:
  • $50 Gift Card
How It Works

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 Jan 4, 2021 and Feb 1, 2021 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Out of the Box Challenge. 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.