There's something so satisfying about discovering an unusual use for an ordinary object. These triumphant discoveries tend to happen as a result of necessity and limited resources, which we find most interesting! Share all the little hacks you've discovered and enter the Unusual Uses Challenge. 

One winner will be the proud new owner of an Apple Watch with white sport band, and runners up will win an Instructables prize pack. We'll be judging Instructables on their originality, ingenuity, and thorough documentation, so stretch your imagination and show us how you stretch the value of everyday things! 

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Grand Prize


Runner Up (25)

26 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:
  • an Apple watch with white sport band
  • 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.
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 Jun 8, 2015 and Jul 6, 2015 (11:59pm PT).


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