"add to this guide (paste urlString)"

Is this a new feature, where everyone can add stuff to a guide, or is it a bug? It appears above the Author box in Guides

Posted by asasklfjklasfkljasklfjaklfsjkl 8 years ago

$10 or less projects guide

I think a $10 or less projects guide would be useful and pretty cool.

Posted by Danny09 9 years ago

Created guide is not visible as a recent 'ible

I created a guide and for some reason it is not visible as a recent project. Can someone please help?

Posted by blkhawk 6 years ago

Can I add Instructables to a published guide?

Quick question: can instructables be added to a guide after it has been published? Thank you

Posted by LanceMakes 6 years ago

add images to a guide intro

I've made a guide and I need to insert two images in the intro. When I create the guide I'm able to insert images, also more than one, but I don't see them in the preview. Maybe I can insert only one image which goes as the cover of the guide? Thanks!

Posted by andrea biffi 6 years ago

how do you submit a guide?

PLEASE, let me know, how do you submit a guide. It doesn't have that option when I click on "submit." PLEASE TELL ME HOW!!!!!!!!

Posted by downhilldman 10 years ago

Help with making a guide

Hello,  I was trying to make a guide and whenever I go to add the Instructables too it, there is no add 'ible button I am currently running Firefox 10.0.1for my browser and my OS is windows XP Thanks, Conrad A.K.A Pfarmkid

Posted by Pfarmkid 6 years ago

What is a Guide?

When I accessed Instructables this morning, I saw a new tab on the Explore page, "guides". When I select the link, only one thing shows up -- something about LEDs from Randy. It looks like these are meant to separate out collections of I'bles from Groups/Forums. Are they "staff only"? Or in beta? The Submit page doesn't have a way to create a Guide (yet?).

Posted by kelseymh 10 years ago

A guide that must be made!

There are loads of really good instructables about things that can be done with altoids tins: survival kits, candles, stoves/ovens etc and someone should really put all the good ones into a guide so everyone can see all the fantastic ideas people have come up with! Also does anyone know if you can get altiods in the UK or if there are any similar products??

Posted by CraftBear 7 years ago

Thank you?

I'm speechless. Well, I'm as speechless as I get.  I'm sitting here with a bit eejit grin on my face because somebody has instigated a conspiracy, and I am the subject. Scoochmaroo has written a guide about me! Somebody put her up to it, more than one somebody, apparently. I have my suspicions, naturally, but nobody has owned up, yet. So, whoever you are, I thank you.  This site has been important to me for a long time, but this is really special, better than any of the prizes I've won, better than all the "feature" tags... Like I said... about as speechless as I get.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


I have tried searching and I am unable to find out how, so I am asking here. How do you start a guide? Please answer if you know how, it would be great.

Posted by McGyver2 7 years ago

Should Adrian's guide be featured?

I just added Adrian's Guide to Robot Projects to the Robot group. Hopefully Robot will notice and be suitably impressed :-)

Posted by kelseymh 10 years ago

guides that should be made

I dont know if somthing like this exists but i'll put it out there anyways... here people can post guides they believe should be created, started, etc. i'll start with one all for Palm Pilots

Posted by zack247 8 years ago

Guide Button Gone?

Probably an oversight in the last big update, rather than an actual bug, but the button to start a new Guide has disappeared. (Credit to Pfarmkid for noticing.) 

Posted by Kiteman 5 years ago

Glow stick guide

Today I saw heaps of instructables about glow sticks. I searched for a glow stick guide and I found nothing. I can't be bothered enough to make a guide... So I'm just telling anyone who reads this topic; If you want to make a guide, make it about glow sticks.

Posted by HeyJD 8 years ago

How do you publish your own guide?

I was wondering how you could make them. Guides are just lists of notable instructables for a certain category, And I was wondering how I could make my own guides. It could be a special power/privilege that only certain people have, but after seeing the plastic bags guide, im not so certain......

Posted by DJ Radio 10 years ago

Guide not appearing in . . .

The guide I published on Friday night/Saturday morning (https://www.instructables.com/id/Green-Tomatoes/) shows up on my member page, but it doesn't show up either in search results or on the recent guides page.  What gives?  I know stuff can get stuck in the filters, but it's been quite a while and there seems to be no change.

Posted by depotdevoid 7 years ago

Indie Craft Fair Guide

Craftershock has teamed up with Taryn Hipp of MY MY to create a brand new special feature called The Indie Craft Fair Guide. It's jam-packed with information about upcoming craft fairs and events from coast to coast. You can also find photos and reviews of past craft fairs and a super how-to guide for first time sellers! So scoot on over to The Indie Craft Fair Guide.

Posted by scoochmaroo 9 years ago

dremel guide (for admins or moderators)

I think that you guys (instructables) should make a guide on dremel care, hacks, fixes, and projects (emphasis on projects) i just bought a dremel and i love it but i want something to do with it. please consider this -kieran eglin (qballcat)

Posted by qballcat 9 years ago

Guides skewing contest results?

I noticed that shortly after the Craftsman contest started up that a series of guides was put together showcasing some of the entries. Wouldn't this added attention help skew the voting results as you are effectively advertising some entries and not others? I know a lot of work goes into making these contests fair, but this seems a little blatant.

Posted by dandeliondog 9 years ago


I saw the new feature of making a guide. so I click, type in title, write description, add images, & clicked save & add instructables. The problem is, when I click that button, it takes me to this place so that it's like I typed in the title in the search box & clicked Search. Then I go to published tab, go to guides, & it shows my profile page (when you go to You). PLEASE FIX IT!!!! I GOT 259 FAVORITES & SUBSCRIPTIONS THAT I WANT TO ORGANIZE INTO CATEGORIES!!!!

Posted by CrayfishYAY 7 years ago

You no longer have an excuse to make bad Knex guns.

Http://knexinnovation.net/showthread.php?1010-Guide-to-Performance-Knex-Guns&p;=14042 BAM

Posted by oodalumps 8 years ago

Electronics for Absolute Beginners, Study Guide

Hi, I am Kareen, I am a student and I am currently pursuing a degree in Electronics Technology. I decided that the best way to learn is by sharing what I just learned; it gives me a chance to really understand the subject if I have to explain it to someone else. I am in no way a subject matter expert in this area, I am merely a beginner. Every time I cover a chapter on my book (Foundations of Electronics, 5TH Edition by Russel Meade), I will post a corresponding link so others can study along with me, post suggestions, ask questions, and post answers. Because I am using a book and posting a corresponding link, this will be a structured study guide for those who want to learn electronics outside of the classroom. If you're interested and willing to learn copy and paste the link below to your browser; https://www.instructables.com/id/Electronics-for-Absolute-Beginners-Study-Guide/

Posted by elektrobot 7 years ago

Bottle lamp: LED or alternative lighting guide

I have an idea for a project of turning an old bottle, most like a Sailoy Jerry's bottle into a mood lamp. I was thinking about using a set of LEDs, but not sure how bright this would be, are there any alternatives? Such as some form of free floating components that uses solar poer to charge during the day then illuminates at night? Or anything similiar along these lines. Furthermore, if I go with the LED method, I'm going to need to learn how to build the circuit. I'm fine at soldering, (did an Electronics class at school, forgot most of it though). So can anybody describe the basic circuit I need to build or point me to a good guide for learning? Thanks, Josh.

Posted by Josh519 6 years ago

Things to do with LCD backlight guide plate and polarisation films?

I received about 15 damaged laptop screens and took them apart to get the CCFLs and inverters which I'll combine into a modest spotlight for video recording. From each laptop I also gained some films and the light guide panel. I believe one of the films from each is just a simple diffuser whilst the other two appear to also be blurry polarisers. Finally, each screen has an acrylic light guide which refracts the light 90° and does so evenly by having some kind of bumps or dots spaced out according to the "diffusion equation" so there are more further away from the source of light (which comes from the side).  Any ideas for what I might use these films and plates? I do have a lamp project for which I can use the diffusion film but the polarising films would probably absorb too much of the light.

Posted by THX 1138 1 year ago

Design suggestion needed - simple plastic slider for small boat transducer

Hi.  I need to add a small sonar transducer (fishfinder sensor - small 2"x3"x3") to the transom of a kayak.  The transom is the flat backwards facing keel-like appendage in this picture.  It is ~3" wide and a foot vertical.  There is a hole in the hull directly above it, so it can be accessed from above. This shows the kayak transom http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae87/nickmdal/Bassyaks%20photos/IMG_4068Medium_zps318a10df.jpg The transducer  needs to be able to slide up 2 1/2", so that it won't get dinged when transporting the kayak.  Therefore I want to attach it to something that I can slide up, but will remain attached to the transom. Envision something like a paint stir-er flat against the transom in a vertical orientation.  From above, I can grab the top and pull up to raise the transducer. I am imagining the transducer's "holder" to be some sort of rail/guide combo that is friction and not wheel based.  I found these items, but nothing any more useful. http://www.soucyplastiques.com/en-CA/_media/image/big-glissiere.jpg Other thoughts were drawer center rail siders, tie/belt sliders (a hacked one).  That and the pic above are all I could think of.  Any suggestions would be so appreciated.

Posted by NickMDal 5 years ago

Making the pipboy/hitchhikers guide

I've been thinking about this for quite some time, unfortunately I don't have the economy to purchase a mini PC/PC mobile, let alone one powerful enough and with enough space for all the things that I have in mind for this gadget. Though there seems to be a lot of other people on this forum with the cash and possibly the motivation to complete this so I'll try and explain the idea for you. If you've ever read 'The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy' by Douglas Adams or played the new or the old Fallout games you'll have noticed that the common denominator is that in both instances they have nifty little pocket computers with all kinds of information and gadgets. Now I realize that it will be overkill for most people to have a mini Geiger-counter, a gas measuring device and a light sensor attached to it, not to mention to expensive. But it seems odd to me that some of the software options available isn't already included in mini PC's, such as: -Wiki-taxi which is an offline version of the entire Wikipedia. -As many search-able dictionaries as is practical. -A general library of PDF's that you find useful depending on where you are/are going to go, or maybe the PC you get your hands on has enough space to encompass a general library for the entire world like information about herbs, plants and animals in every region of the world Instructables for certain kinds of gourmet dishes for an example could come in handy while traveling the world, anything goes really . -Furthermore it could have stored maps of the entire world, of course not in "hair counting quality" but good enough to find your way if lost, then again some of these mini PC's have GPS built in but you will still need all the map packs for the different regions of the world. -One could add how-to videos of different things that might come in handy if traveling in poor countries or simply backpacking, like braiding and general hand crafting items to have something to sell. Or guides for learning to play a certain instrument and so forth. And so on, there's an endless supply of software one could put on a gadget like this, but that's just half the idea. The other half would be constructing some kind of housing that would allow a person to strap the computer sideways on ones arm so that it's always easily available like a normal wristwatch and preferably protected against shock and moisture/water, furthermore it would be nice to have extra slots in the housing for such things as a small LED flashlight and any kinds of other tools that would be practical for the person in question that makes this thing. This computer would of course need to have a rather big battery capacity as well, and if it has long lasting batteries then several more of the batteries can be incorporated into the housing allowing the user to switch between each of the extra batteries when the original one in the PC runs dry. For off-the-grid travel I'd believe a sufficiently large fold-able solar panel would suffice to charge the device, maybe it could be incorporated into a jacket or simply stored as a liner in the jacket. Now I don't know if this is all easily understandable so if anyone has any questions or maybe someone would even make this then please let me know as this idea is quite dear to me, do post any ideas or complaints as well, I welcome it all. Oh, and in case someone might be bothered by the extra weight this would put on (say your left arm) then simply make another housing for general tools that you can have on the right arm/wrist and balance the weight out so that after a while you wont notice it as your muscles naturally adjusts to the weight, would basically make you stronger in the process.

Posted by wolty 8 years ago

My Own Holiday Gift Guide - cool books

The holidays are coming! Of course there are lots of things to give and get, but some of my personal favorite items are books. I read too many of them. Or not enough. I can't remember. Anyway, here are a few kick-ass books that I'd recommend and since they're books they're not too expensive. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon ($9) If you're hurting for ideas and feeling bad about yourself about not being original in anything, just get over it and start stealing like crazy. It's cool, everybody does it and Austin explains clearly with this quick book why you should do it. Make stuff. Go nuts. Just don't feel bad about it. Design is a Job by Mike Monteiro ($9 ebook) This book is technically about creative freelance work, but it's also a bit of a rant about life and how to live it as well. Respect yourself and others and do good work. It Will be Exhilarating by Studio Neat ($5 ebook) Studio Neat made two products with the help of Kickstarter: the Glif and the Cosmonaut. If you're thinking about crowdfunding for any product, check this out. It's short, to the point, and has lots of good ideas. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp ($11) How do people keep making creative works for decades? By not stopping, apparently. Twyla has a routine and has been doing it for a long time. Get up, get some exercise, make some art. Repeat and enjoy the process. Don't get her next book, The Collaborative Habit, however. It has nothing extra to add to this book. Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (free ebook) Cory's books tend to wander all over the fine line between personal diatribe and fiction and Pirate Cinema is no exception. Copyright is bad and remixers are good! OK, got it. No, really, I get it. But along with the repeated messaging is a fun story about teenagers in London making their own remixed movies and showing them underground (literally). Makes you want to start making something and that's always a good thing. I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting right now. I'll add them when they come to me.

Posted by fungus amungus 6 years ago

Your essential "tools of the trade" ? / Ten Tools you couldn't live without?

I'm interested in starting to buy some tools to keep around for any things I may want to attempt to build. There are just so many different kinds of tools out there..and they are expensive. So before buying anything I'd like to know your top ten tools that you couldn't live without (excluding the really basic tools like screwdriver, hammer, pliers, wrench etc.)Also please share your experience with different brand name tools. Which brands would you reccomend, and which would you stay away from?

Posted by nightmaresyndrome 11 years ago

How to make a guide

How do you create a guide that has other instructables inside it.

Posted by amakerguy 9 years ago

can't make a guide

I try to make a guide but i end up back at a membership comparison page. HELP! -joespicnictables

Posted by joespicnictables 7 years ago

bug while making a guide

I use google chrome in windows 7 64bits and this bug happened to me while I was writing a guide. it didn't let me upload images, select from library or even save the guide. I refreshed the page several times, but the bug still continued.

Posted by tgferreira184 6 years ago

Minecraft Guide Collaboration partner

Ive already started it but if youre interested, inbox me. Not really much to say, just wondering if anyone is interested. -Hiyadudez

Posted by Hiyadudez 7 years ago

Hitchhiker's Guide Typewriter for Sale

The typewriter that Douglas Adams used to type out The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is up for sale. If you have $25257.94 it can be yours! The price is converted from 12,250 British Pounds. To be honest, I was hoping that the seller would be able to fit the number 42 in the price somewhere. I would buy it, but there are the eating and sleeping in houses things that I've grown accustomed to. Linkvia bbgadgets

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

contact admin

 hey i want to make a guide about duct tape, but don't know how to do it. I heard you have to contact the admin account, but i don't know how to. help please? thanks

Posted by billbobby 8 years ago

Who said the British were "stuffed shirts" ?

This starts a little slow, but wait for it....(I thought it was funny anyways...)

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago

I would like to make a guide on Steampunk, with help

I would like to collaborate with others in this thread, and then when all parties are satisfied, create an instructable that explains steampunk. Browsing the answers section I've seen several people asking what steampunk even is, and I've also seen some attempts to explain it that I felt didn't do justice to the movement. I'm by no means an expert, just someone with an interest that has done a little general research, and has attempted to make a few objects myself. I want to make a comprehensive guide, if you would, that covers: the steampunk movement in a general sense, how it originated, trends and motifs it exhibits as a genre, where and how it is represented in literature, perhaps even an inaugural "getting started" type of section for people that are interested but don't know how to begin, and of course, showcasing several other instructables and projects people have already contributed.  I would love to hear back from people, I do plan on messaging several, likely off of the featured page of the Steampunk Channel, inviting them to come and give their two cents. I believe that Steampunk is something worth bringing to the foreground and promoting, as many people don't understand it, or have the wrong idea of it, where it is truly a brilliant movement.

Posted by ElusiveGreen 8 years ago

Rc Airplane Guide

I have been thinking about building an R/C airplane. Here are the specifications I need. L:3ft W:4ft H:6in ( 15 with prop and landing gear Engine: Chain saw motor Prop: 12in Control surfaces: 2 ailerons, elevator I don't know anything about R/C and here are my questions: 1.) How do you assemble an R/C system? 2.) What is needed to run 4 servos(3 control, 1 throttle)? 3.) Where should I buy stuff? 4.) What else should I know? I know how to connect servos to an air frame and everything, but I need to know how to connect a full R/C system together( receiver, servos, battery, etc.). Any help? Please. P.S. My air frame will be, a wing, a wooden dowel going to tail, tail, motor and muffler. I used this design because I have no weight added other than required materials.

Posted by ry25920 10 years ago

Instructables version of dummy books

Great stuff! One thing I'd like to see is a dummy book section for those of us who are technically challenged. I can handle a battery, a switch, solder and some wire, but that's about it. I guess you could call it Instructables for dummies

Posted by netcandyman 7 years ago

need help buying a camera

Hey, I need help buying a camera. I will be using it for taking pictures of artwork. Some of the artwork will be outside and i will not be able to move it indoors. I also need the camera to take pictures of things so i can post instructables! I really do not want to spend over 400 dollars. Any and all help is greatly appreciated

Posted by ledzep567 11 years ago

Top LED Instructables

The number of awesome LED Instructables keeps increasing, and we want to show them off! We have an older list of top LED Instructables, but within the space of a year and a half, including the very successful Let it Glow! and Get the LED Out! Contests, we've gotten many more cool projects that light up with color due to LEDs. Here are, in no particular order, 10 more great LED Instructables for you to try (or just admire): LED Chess Set With some dedicated modifying, you can turn a cheap glass chess set into a beautiful, glowing version. It also inspired another Instructable, the Simpler LED Chess Set.   Synchronizing Fireflies A favorite of randofo's , this series of LEDs shows a possible way that fireflies synchronize lighting up at the same time. Turn Signal Biking Jacket Hand signals, meet technology: a biking jacket with controllable glowing turn signals built in. 4x4x4 LED Cube Make light-based designs and patterns come to life with a large cube of LEDs. Animated Multilayered Engravings Transform a simple engraving into an animated piece of art with LEDs. LED Pasties The LED pasties became an instant classic--a very simple, very creative upgrade of burlesque pasties. Daft Punk Replica Table The squares on top of this table light up individually and can be programmed to make patterns and designs. LED Creatures These LED creatures can be programmed to recognize each other and can be a great project for kids and beginner LEDers. Hard Hat LED Display Geeks and construction workers are not often associated, but this hard hat bridges the gap with its LED Pong display. Fiber Optic and LED Garden Make a glowing garden that looks good both day and night and never needs to be watered. Choosing these 10 was very difficult--there are an enormous number of great LED projects on Instructables.Enjoy these projects, and let there be light-emitting diodes!

Posted by joshf 10 years ago

Get Lit: 10 Great Lamp Instructables

One of the greatest DIY projects to try out is the lamp. Everyone can use a good lamp or two and here are ten different approaches to bringing light to the darkness. Redo the ideas exactly, tweak them, or even mash them up. As long as the result lights up your life and makes you happy it'll be worth the effort. Mad Scientists Light by tim-1138 The perfect touch for that lab you've been dreaming of putting together. Japanese lamp from recycled materials by PKM Put a bit of scrap materials together in this clever way and you'll be able to add a touch of class to your den. Big lamps from Ikea lampan lamps by daan These lamps are quite plain on their own, but start putting them together and you can make something amazing. Universal lamp shade polygon building kit by dan This classic Instructable uses only one cutout shape to create and extraordinarily wide array of lamp shapes. Geometric Cut Paper Table Lamp by drips Start cutting up paper to create a lamp and you'll soon see that the possibilities are endless. Keep experimenting with shapes and sizes to get the light you want. Paper Wall Lamp by naedhi One string of rope lights and a slick use of paper to diffuse the light creates a nice modern lamp. Again, you can tweak the design however you want. RGB Color Controllable High Power LED Room + Spot Lighting by dan Want some bright lights and the power to create whatever color you want? Then take the plunge into high power LEDs and see how much fun you can have. Small eco-footprint living room light by marc_alain Instead of just saying it's green, this Instructable even provides a life cycle analysis. Either way, the lamp itself looks good enough to build even if it wasn't super efficient. Audio Visual Art....FOTC Style by scooter76 Make some art and light up the room at the same time. Don't care much for the New Zealand duo? Then put whatever you want on there. Night Stand Charging Station Lamp by drocko Function meets more function with this lamp that does double duty as a charging station for all your electronic gizmos.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

Guide Not working?

I cannot figure out how to add instructables to my guide. Help?

Posted by freeza36 6 years ago

Guide link doesn't work

Clicking on the "Guide" icon leads to a dead link.

Posted by threeDwag 6 years ago

'Guide' tab displaying 'Your Stuff' rather than Guides

I just published my first guide, but the Guide tab shows 'Your Stuff'.  It did this before I publishing the guide as well but I thought it might change after one was added. Thanks!

Posted by annahowardshaw 7 years ago


Is it allowed for me to make guides in which I show the winners of past contests? It is something I would love to do, but I don't know if it is allowed. Who knows???

Posted by emilyvanleemput 5 years ago

I am unable to delete duplicate unpublished guides

There is no way to delete duplicates or unwanted drafts. Can someone help?

Posted by blkhawk 5 years ago

Guide for N00bs

Add what all n00bs should know before talking to anyone or even going out into the public, sunlight... Or the rock they came from. 'also programing language and formally called: broken english... engrish

Posted by RelyNupon 10 years ago

the untimate guide to beat the test system!

That is going to be my next Instructable. I wanted to get more ideas form other people here on Instructables , so I made this forum. if you have a idea you want me to put in there just leave a comment about it. I will give you full credit for anything you can think up.

Posted by dsman195276 10 years ago

Instructables Guide Suggestions

I recently found out that you can't make a guide unless you are a member of the staff, and for good reason, if they allowed anybody to make guides, there would be an awful lot of lame guides out there. But some people have some very good ideas for guides, and don't have the power to make them. So this is the place for those guide ideas. If you have a good suggestion for a guide, post it here and it might just inspire an Instructables staffer to make one about it.

Posted by nickodemus 8 years ago