Vote for my instructable

Please vote for the ping pong prank in the april fool's speed contest.

Posted by bob the builder #1 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Instructables without instructions?

I am rather disappointed that I am finding instructables that point to websites.  I think Instructables is getting desparate if peope post something here, without proper instructions(intentionally left out) and then feature it. Perhaps it is an accepted process here now, in which case such instructables are not to blame but merely a symptom, or perhaps misperception on my part, of what the purpose of this site is for. Case in point: I don't mind if you create an instructable, put up all the directions, and then also point to your site.  But to put up, not even half, of the instructions and then point to your site seems dissapointing, if not misleading to me.  This is a dangerous slope from people who "share what they do and how they do it" to a company simply advertising to get other people to their own site. I am the only one who feels like this?

Posted by DragonDon 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Welcome to Instructables HQ

Welcome to 82 Second St, the home of Instructables Inc. Here are just a few pictures of our new lab! If you're curious about what you're seeing, learn more from the titles on the flickr stream.

Posted by scoochmaroo 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Are Instructables advertisments random ?

I always thought it would be awesome to see one of my Intructables  at the home page. Are these chosen by ratings or added by the creators ?

Asked by Quest for Questions 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Instructables Robot on Twitter

I am on Twitter. See my various updates:Featured Instructables, Forum Topics, and Questions & Answers: Instructables: Instructables Questions & Answers: to syndicate your Instructables using our many RSS feeds:

Posted by Instructables-Robot 10 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Instructables User Survey

Hey Everybody, Some friends of ours over at MIT have some questions about your participation on Instructables. Help them out by taking this short survey: Thanks!

Posted by randofo 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


I just discovered that when you search "really cool stuff" on Google that Instructables is the second one on the list. I think that that's pretty awesome. (don't ask why I searched "really cool stuff" on Google..) -Tqwerty

Posted by tqwerty 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Instructables on my blog

Http:// THIS is the german way to deal with wood ! , Click the link and learn more about german wood techniques :)

Posted by Dennismc 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Emailing Instructables staff? Answered

Is it okay to send an email to the people at service@instructables?

Asked by BLUEBLOBS2 6 years ago  |  last reply 3 months ago

Friends Feature on Instructables

I was thinking that a 'friend' or 'watch' feature could be added to instructables. One that would allow you to click a button on a user's page and add them to a list that would send you an email once per day/hour/week that would tell you if they had posted new instructables. I think this feature would be very useful. This is just a thought, but I would love to hear other users' opinions on the matter.

Posted by Ora 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Instructables prize pack?

What is the instructables prize pack, besides the robot t shirt?

Posted by RiverFlame 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Way to go instructables!

I know this is a little strange, however I thought it was cool. I always type in instructables into google when I want to come here. So you know how google gives suggestions like if type in chuck norr the it will come up as chuck norris underneath. Well, recently instructables has been suggested when i only type in inst instead of instr. Sooooo good job! Now we have to make it to just I

Posted by patriots8888 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Just a suggestion to Instructables

On our profile page, I always wished we could choose what projects we showcase on the page. I am very proud of some of my projects over others (admittedly) and I wish I could showcase them on the front page, instead of just my most recent instructables.  Thanks for listening/reading! :)

Posted by jen7714 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Instructables at Maker Faire!

Instructables will be at the Autodesk booth at the San Mateo Maker Faire! Anyone going?

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 4 years ago

Instructables group on facebook

So our intern got me to finally check out facebook and I started a new account to find out that I'm one of the last few people in the metaverse to jump on this thing. Its all a bit new to me, but I did find an Instructables group. If you want to see a picture of me eating a flower, go and hit it up and join.

Posted by fungus amungus 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Instructables Joins Autodesk

The Instructables community is incredible: you build, bake, and create amazing things, then share your projects and ideas with the world. I think it’s great when someone builds a project using instructions from our site, but it’s even more amazing when we inspire someone to start (or finish) that project they’ve always dreamed of. This has been my vision for Instructables: to have a positive impact on the world by giving passionate people great publishing tools to document their projects, and connect them to a community full of like-minded people. Today I’m able to share my plan for accelerating that vision, and making Instructables an even better place to be. I’m proud to announce that Instructables is becoming part of Autodesk. Everyone here at Instructables HQ is absolutely thrilled, because this is going to be awesome for the entire Instructables community. Instructables will still be the same site you love: we’ll keep the Instructables name and URL, the whole team is staying on, our policies haven’t changed, you still hold copyright to your projects, we’ll still run awesome contests, and the Robot isn’t going anywhere. However, we’ll now have the resources to make some improvements to the site I know our authors and community will love. Autodesk gives us the scale and support to grow and improve Instructables, build some great apps, and continue our mission of creating a positive impact on the world. Everyone on the Instructables team will become Autodesk employees, but we'll still wear our Robot t-shirts with pride. Autodesk is a great cultural fit for Instructables. They make tools for creative people: they’re the world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Even if you don’t recognize the name Autodesk, their software has powered the movies you watch, and designed the cars you drive and the buildings you work in. Instructables will be the community arm of the same team that makes 123D, SketchBook, Homestyler, and Pixlr, which will help provide creative tools, inspiration, and services for all types of creative people. Here’s Carl Bass, Autodesk’s CEO, talking more about his vision for the future of DIY. We’ve had a great time building Instructables, and look forward to taking it to the next level. Thanks to the Instructables team for all their hard work, our investors including O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures and Baseline Ventures for believing in us, and to all the authors and community members who have made Instructables a great place to learn and share ideas. I’m confident Autodesk will be a great home for Instructables, and will help us make Instructables an even better place to share your projects and ideas. I’m excited to join the Autodesk team, and get right to work. I’d also like to hear what you think: click here for info on an upcoming live Q&A; event, and click here to suggest how we should co-opt the resources of a multi-national corporation to make Instructables even more awesome. This announcement is duplicated on our blog here.

Posted by ewilhelm 7 years ago  |  last reply 26 days ago

Improving search on Instructables

We're doing another round of improvements to the Instructables search engine. The previous round was here. Help us make it better! Are there search terms or queries that just don't seem to work? Can you provide links or specific examples? Here's an example (that's really been frustrating me):search for:how to play tennisvs.tennisCan you find others?Thanks!

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Instructables: Quality Standards

I was thinking..... as I do. Quite a few of instructables, on.... instructables, havn't meet the quality standards of a good instructable, let alone get featured. Why do people bother make instructables 2 steps long? Wouldn't they like to be in the newsletter and get nice feedback? If you put all you effort in to an instructable you will get repaid with nice comments (normally). I wouldn't like to see instructables as a website with few featured instructables lots of quick put to gether nonsense. I would like to see quality, and a archive of fun things to do and make for all the family. A while back a published an instructable called 'professional water rocket guide'. I spend along time on it and was pleased with my self when it got featured, and it was in the newsletter. This it was gives me motivation to do good instructables. What do you think about poor informative an qualitive instructables? Thanks

Posted by oscarthompson 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Getting the Instructables ID?

Is there any way to obtain the ID of an Instructable? As in, now the URLs of iBles are name here, instead of a chain of "random" letters and numbers. Thanks, Bran.

Posted by Bran 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Instructables Drawing Contest

Hey everyone. I really like the instructable robot and like drawing different pictures of it. One has him giving a speech were the president should be. Anyways my idea was that we could have a contest where people draw pictures of the instructables robot. I really want to know what others think about it. Please reply. UPDATE: Hey everyone. Another instructables member, ChrysN, and I are hosting a contest. WE are almost ready. The prizes are lots of patches, and free pro membersip (1 year I believe). So please spread the word. P.S if we dont get a lot of entries within the allowed time period we will extend the end date (so tell EVERYONE)

Posted by lockpick 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

"Joke" or "Funny" Instructables

Do you accept "joke" or Instructables based solely on "humor"? Do you think they should be allowed on Instructables? IMHO, if they are actually funny and/or build something cool in the process, I let them pass. Others, not so much. What say you?

Posted by Bran 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Instructables Robot Family

Please meet some of my long lost and briefly lost cousins. Long lost robot cousinsBriefly lost robot cousinsemergency food preference

Posted by Instructables Robot 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Star Trek Instructables.

Post any ideas for a 'ible related to Star Trek, and i will try to make it.

Posted by TyMan210 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Printing Instructables intructions?

It seems every time I try to print instructions or download in PDF form all that happens is I am ask to sign in.  I'm already signed in.  Anyone have an answer?

Asked by lkrn13 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

INSTRUCTABLE not showing up?

My intructable was puplished 6 hours ago and is not on the homepage under recent tab but i have received views from my followers what do i do should i wiat anylonger or report it to instructa?

Asked by Tom Howbridge 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Ten Thousand Instructables!

I don't know if anyone else noticed, but sometime yesterday the ten thousandth Instructable was contributed to the site. Congratulations to everyone who has contributed to the site and helped create such a vibrant and growing community!

Posted by dan 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

What are Instructable patches? Answered

People talk about handing out patches for best answers and I would like to know what they are.

Asked by resophonicguitarist 8 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

the new instructables page.

This new page format is wierd. it was easy to navigate through instructables with the old version, but now its hard. i cant even search up things like before. can someone help me to navigate it?

Asked by 2muchfreetime8 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Magazines that are like 'Instructables'?

Are there any magazines, besides maybe "ReadyMade" that are similar to 'instructables'?  Love the website, but I also like DIY type magazines, and 'ReadyMade' is the closest thing I can find.  Any ideas would be appreciated!  Thank you!

Posted by zowi420 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Instructables Impostor Website

So, I was searching for my instructables name, and a weird site called "" cam up, with my instructable and many others. I doubt that it is a legit site, and I thought you guys might want to know about it.  I would not recommend going to the site, who knows what malware awaits?

Posted by CorgiCritter 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Customisable Instructables on Profiles

Please tell me if this is already possible but I had a search around and couldn't find any way to do this. On my profile, I do not feel the 6 Instructables that are shown are ones that I would like to have on there. A few are my very early Instructables which were not up to the standards I have now. I think a way to choose which Instructables go on this page would be a great addition to make your profile much better for you and for everyone. Thanks, Hiyadudez.

Posted by Hiyadudez 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

use instructables at school

If you ever wanted to use instructables at school but you couldn't because it was an extremist/terrorist/ whatever the crap else then look no further! it when googling guyfrom7up, just checking...It's a bit slower, and there is just something wrong.

Posted by guyfrom7up 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Instructables Bulletin Board

We occasionally get awesome stuff in the mail, and post it up on our bulletin board.  I've decided to scan it all in and share it with you.

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Instructables in the Daily Green

The Daily Green did a short interview with me about Instructables:  How to Build Your Own ... 5 Questions for the Founder of the Go-To DIY Site    When Eric Wilhelm started Instructables five years ago, it was supposed to be nothing more than a side project – a dalliance from his day job as a designer at Squid Labs. But Instructables, which catalogs super cool do-it-yourself projects in easy-to-follow detail, has grown into a full-fledged site with a huge following of its own. DIY was bigger than he thought. We spoke with Wilhelm about Instructables, the cult of DIY, and just what makes a homemade Dachshund wheelchair so darn cute. More news and press about Instructables here.

Posted by ewilhelm 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Instructables collaboration not working

Hi I have a group of students trying to make a Instructable with the collaboration option, we are finding that things are not saving, Posibly the auto save is playing games. students are all using macbooks and chrome, safari, and firefox. photos text and, steps keep disappearing. please help

Posted by liquidhandwash 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

When Browsing Instructables...

Every so often, when I browse the Ibles Website, I get prompted in a message box to download some antivirus Software. It is obviously not antivitus software, a virus in disguise, so I get out of the message screen as fast as possible. Is this an actual virus on Instructables?

Posted by The Jamalam 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Instructables Newsletter Problems...

Am I the only one that has been getting the Instructables Newsletter only once-to-twice a week? I used to receive it everyday... I think it has been like this for the past ~2 weeks My other question is: Is the newsletter chosen automatically, By robot? Or by the Staff?

Posted by Yonatan24 3 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Happy Birthday instructables!

Today, I suppose, is Instructables official 5th year anniversary! Shweet.

Posted by Yerboogieman 8 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Where is Instructables HQ? Answered

Anyone know?

Asked by Rock Soldier 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Ideas For Instructables Needed

Ideas for making Instructables anyone? Just post your ideas below and we may make them into an Insructable!

Posted by The Mad Scientists 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

Instructables Word Search !

Was just a little bored so i thought of making an instructables word search!! hope you folks enjoy this Theres a jpg and the pdf, the jpg is mostly for reference (its so bad quality) in windows you have to print the pdf but in mac you can open the pdf in preview and use the annotate pen tool to do it on the comp.# Cheers, CherishCherub

Posted by cherishcherub 8 years ago

Random Instructables Button

I was just thinking how useful it would be if there was a button that would take you to a completely random instructable like the random page button on wikipedia

Posted by Articas 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Google trends for instructables

I heard about this new thing, google trends works for websites! So I tried it out on instructables.Here are the results.They are very interesting. If google adds more functionality, and more search parameters and data, as they are wont to do with new toys that spring up in the labs, this could turn into an invaluable tool for website owners.For example, this shows that the overwhelming majority of visitors to the site are either from the US or the UK, followed by, of all places, india. Instructables top ten competitors (the other sites visited by people who visited instructables, ranked in order of same-user hits) are,,,,,,,,, and

Posted by Lithium Rain 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Instructables TV Pilot

Ive been tossing this idea around in my head for a few weeks now. I had a spare hour this morning so i thought i would through this together as a 'pilot' episode, to get your view/opinions. etc..Enjoy

Posted by gmjhowe 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Improving Instructables in general

I was wondering if you could make it possible to search for different instructables by putting in the materials you had... Do you think you could make that possible?

Posted by Houdinipeter 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Will there be a Instructables app for Ubuntu?

I would like to know so I can get it if they decide to develop one

Asked by nerd7473 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Instructables Google searches

 I recently discovered Google's 'Trends' service (slow, I know). I put in a few Instructables related queries, here are links to the results:;=0&geo;=all&date;=all Any comments?

Posted by DELETED_zoltzerino 8 years ago

Nominating Instructables to be "Featured"

I just joined the instructables community a couple days ago. I'm not exactly new and knows how the featuring process workds. I've been poking around the site and there are some unfeatured instructables that I feel like were missed. I decided unfeatured instructables should have a chance to get recognition too! I created this forum topic for people to nominate instructables that they feel like should be featured. Anyone can suggest something. I might even create a group to "feature" some of these nominated ones. Suggest away! Update: Click here to join the group and support your favorite instructables.

Posted by SkysTheLimit 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Rendering of Instructables in Chrome

Rendering of the Header section in google chrome obscures the login button with the contests button see attached image 

Posted by m^3 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

edit instructables comments

Hi everybody Is there a way to edit posted comments on instructables? (yeah, I know I should use the preview button) but once the comment has been posted how could I edit it? I hate to find an error once it's posted and the only way to edit it is by deleting and re-post the comment. Sure I could copy & paste but then my links are gone and I don't want to search through websites again to reconstruct what could be a simple edit.

Posted by lowercase 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago