Sports fans and tailgating aficionados, today is your day to shine! We are giving away a Coolest Cooler to the winner of the Tailgate Challenge. What do you bring to the pre-game celebrations? Tributes to your favorite sports teams, scrumptious snacks, tunes, games, attire to battle the elements, cooking implements — it’s all fair game, and we can’t wait to see your tailgating-related Instructables.

As a special treat, we have Ryan Grepper, inventor of the Coolest Cooler, as a celebrity judge for this contest. Ryan is actually an Instructables author, and the Coolest Cooler was first an Instructable before he launched the Kickstarter campaign for it, which in 2014 became the most successful Kickstarter project ever, raising more than $13 million. Who knows — maybe your Tailgate Challenge entry will become the next Coolest Cooler!

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The Tailgate Challenge is closed.

Grand Prize


Grand Prize (1)

Runner Up (25)


Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize Winner will receive:
  • a Coolest pre-ordered just for you! (Please note-this product is not released yet.  It will be shipped to you when it becomes available.)
  • an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt

Runner Up (25)

Twenty five runner up prize winners will receive an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt.

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 19, 2015 and Feb 9, 2015 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Tailgate 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.