How To Essays - List of Topics

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"How to make a pizza" would be a great essay topic. Westend61 / Getty Images

It's not so easy to write a how-to essay. The first step is deciding on a topic--but if you're like many students, you might feel as though you don't know anything well enough to teach others. But that's not true! Everyone has something to share.

When you read over the list below you will realize that you do know many things in depth, well enough to teach, but there are some topics that are easier than others to explain.

Read over this list of how-to essay topics to find your inspiration (typically, your inspiration will be based on lateral thinking. For example, from the list below, you may decide to write an essay on how to cook a Scottish egg after you saw "Crack an egg" in the list. Or you may decide to write about how to make an Excel spreadsheet with all of your homework listed, after seeing "Organize your homework" in the list below. 

. Narrow your choices to a few topics, and then brainstorm for a few minutes about each topic. Determine which one has the most potential because it can be divided into five to ten clear paragraphs that you can explain well.

 

  • Raccoon-proof your campsite
  • Make an obstacle course for squirrels
  • Set a table
  • Make a pet costume
  • Earn a hundred dollars
  • Start a band
  • Make a piñata
  • Make an omelet
  • Milk a cow
  • Start beekeeping
  • Read palms
  • Make a quilt
  • Wash a car
  • Decorate a bedroom
  • Make a podcast
  • Burn a CD
  • Start a recycling program
  • Collect stamps
  • Clean a bedroom
  • Make a pizza
  • Make a volcano
  • Organize your homework
  • Play a guitar
  • Make a sock puppet
  • Make a doll dress
  • Write a letter to the editor
  • Write a complaint
  • Plan a party
  • Plant a tree
  • Create a cartoon character
  • Improve your spelling
  • Bake a layer cake
  • Change a tire
  • Drive a stick shift
  • Make a Christmas stocking
  • Learn to dance
  • Play chess
  • Do a magic trick
  • Go bird watching
  • Make a music video
  • Make a candle
  • Make soap
  • Paint a picture
  • Create art with crayons
  • Create a web page
  • Stay safe on the Internet
  • Write a song
  • Write a poem
  • Make a handbag
  • Tie a scarf
  • Mow the lawn
  • Make a hamburger
  • Make pancakes
  • Make a pillow
  • Play football
  • Make a sculpture
  • Make a lamp
  • Make shadow puppets
  • Make a box
  • Care for pets
  • Build a tree house
  • Play tag
  • Play hide and seek
  • Paint fingernails
  • Make homemade slippers
  • Tie macramé knots
  • Make a sandwich
  • Make chocolate milk
  • Make hot chocolate
  • Make a pot of coffee
  • Make a milkshake
  • Braid hair
  • Sell old toys
  • Skateboard
  • Eat crab legs
  • Become a vegetarian
  • Make a salad
  • Design a jack-o-lantern
  • Ride a horse
  • Race turtles
  • Catch lightening bugs
  • Make a wildflower bouquet
  • Cut paper dolls
  • Eat an ice cream cone
  • Change a diaper
  • Make fruit punch
  • Make a campaign poster
  • Frame art
  • Make a fake tattoo
  • Interview a celebrity
  • Catch a fish
  • Make a snowman
  • Make an igloo
  • Make a fan
  • Write a newsletter
  • Crack an egg
  • Make a necklace
  • Tie a necktie
  • Ride the subway
  • Walk like a model
  • Ride a motorcycle
  • Pitch a tent
  • Find something you've lost
  • Curl your hair
  • Saddle a horse
  • Make a sandcastle
  • Bob for apples
  • Go hiking
  • Apply for a job
  • Draw stick figures
  • Open a bank account
  • Learn a new language
  • Ask for a later curfew
  • Behave at a fancy dinner
  • Ask somebody out
  • Pose for a picture
  • Wake up in a good mood
  • Send Morse code messages
  • Make a kite
  • Hem your jeans
  • Pitch a fastball
  • Be a ghost hunter
  • Make string art
  • Fly alone
  • Shave
  • Mop a floor
  • Peel an apple
  • String popcorn
  • Remix a song
  • Walk a tightrope
  • Stand on your head
  • Find the Big Dipper
  • Wrap a gift
  • Roast a marshmallow
  • Clean a window
  • Make a campfire
  • Have a yard sale
  • Create a carnival in your yard
  • Make balloon animals
  • Plan a surprise party
  • Wear eye makeup
  • Invent a secret code
  • Recognize animal tracks
  • Train a dog to shake hands
  • Make a paper airplane
  • Swat flies
  • Pull a tooth
  • Create playlists
  • Play rock, paper, scissors
  • Hula dance
  • Floss your teeth

 

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