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Jun 10, 2010

How To: Make Organic Vegan Twinkies!

Organic Vegan Twinkie Recipe

Some people would say "absolutely not..." but I'm convinced.

Instructables Living editor Scoochmaroo  has done it again. "The best of all the homemade Twinkie recipes we tried, these organic vegan twinkie cakes will knock even the most conventional meat-eater's socks off...It's no small undertaking, but the resulting cakes are so delightful, you won't begrudge a moment of effort, and your friends will be begging you for more."

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Jun 10, 2010

Make A BBQ Apron from a Canvas Tote Bag

Master Seamstress Betz White writes, "I was trying to come up with a fun Father's Day project when I spied my pile of canvas totes. Nice durable canvas...handy cotton webbing straps...then it hit me. These would make great utility aprons!"

And she was right. Minimal sewing, maximum coverage, and if it happens to get unsightly soiled from too many splatters, you can easily whip up another… read more

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Jun 09, 2010

How To: Make DIY Removable Bike Panniers from Backpacks

created at: 06/02/2010

Instructable-maker Greg Clarke came up with a great way to make DIY bicycle panniers from backpacks that allows you to maintain the backpack's functionality... meaning you can remove the pannier and then strap it onto your back, and no one's the wiser.

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Jun 09, 2010

How To: Make a DIY Moleskine Pen Holder

DIY Moleskine Pen HolderEven if you've created your own Moleskine-style notebook, you're still stuck with the eternal problem - how to you stick a pen in this sleek, perfectly compact and engineered stack of pre-inspiration?

Well - you make an external pocket, of course, and Gnat Gnat has created a PDF to show you how to do it.

"Iʼve followed several pen hacks posted online though none have really worked well for me. My Mam came up with the following solution... Big fan of my Mam!

You will need:

  • Approx 4cm wide x 63cm long black elastic ribbon
  •  Use of sewing machine (or someone to sew for you)
  • Black thread, tape measure and scissors… read more
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Jun 08, 2010

Make Perfect Thin and Crisp French Fries at Home

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I'm with Good Eats author Kenji on this one - a perfectly cooked and seasoned fresh McDonald's french fry is the epitome of everything a fry should be. Great, right? 'Cept there's a few problems... 1) it's rare that a McDonald's franchise produces perfectly cooked and seasoned fries, or that when you get them they're guaranteed to be fresh; and 2) I don't eat at McDonald's. Ever.

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So this is the kind of helpful article that simply makes my toes curl and rush to the grocery store immediately. Hamburgling a few frozen McDonald's batches to dissect them with great scientific inquiry, Kenji came up with four 'perfect fry factors:

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Jun 08, 2010

How To: Build a Bicycle Side Car

created at: 06/02/2010

Steve Bodiley had something he needed to carry with him whilst atop his velocipede, presumably another person or pet, or perhaps some groceries or supplies. And rather than taking the behind-the-bike cart option, he took a hint from the motorcycle crowd and created a side car.

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Jun 08, 2010

How To: Make a Laptop Riser for Watching Movies and TV in Bed

created at: 06/08/2010

In the era of streaming videos, Hulu, Netflix, and the like, folks are cancelling their cable packages left and right and opting to recieve all of their television and watch many of their movies on computers. Our old CRT televisions are dying, and instead of replacing them, we just head to the computer instead.

And it's great...except watching films and engaging television is supposed to be about relaxing, and that can be difficult to do when you're trying to consume a feature length film at your desk. Many of us have wi-fi connected devices on our TVs, or even connected whole computers to televisions in our living and family… read more

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Jun 07, 2010

Make Your Own Cycling Cap

created at: 06/02/2010

The casquette - cycling cap - is styled to keep the sun out of your eyes and the rain off your face while not obstructing your vision.

created at: 06/07/2010

While they were plenty available in the 80s, they're a bit harder to find in the U.S., and often come plastered with team names or advertisements. So, our vote, as per usual, is to make your own.

Flickr user Panda Face has created a pattern that allows you to use whatever sort of fabric you'd want.Cycling Cap Pattern by Panda Face.

"Here is a basic pattern for the cycling cap I made. I have a big head so pull in the seams untill it fits you, then hem the length and stich the bill on. Cut on the thick lines, sitch… read more

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Jun 07, 2010

How To: Make Alcohol Soaked Gummy Bears

Completed Project: Alcoholic Soaked Gummy Bears Picture #1I have a friend who hasn't quite outgrown that terrible habit of taking small, human or animal shaped things (toys, action figures, gingerbread men...) and placing them in compromising positions. Like...every time.

I'm certain he's done it with gummy bears, though I'm not sure if I was present for that one. But next time the opportunity presents itself, I'll now have this trick to encourage him to create a different sort of "Adult Gummy Bears"...by soaking them in alcohol.

I've seen Skittles-flavored vodka before, but the emphasis there was on infusing the liquor itself. This how-to from Cut Out and Keep one ups that technique, as… read more

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Jun 04, 2010

How To: Sew a Drawstring Bike Seat Cover

created at: 06/02/2010

Sometimes your bike seat is in terrible physical shape, yet still fine to sit upon. Sometimes it needs a bit more cushioning, or you may need to cover up its brandname to deter theft. Or, perhaps you simply wanna give your cycle some custom color flair.

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Whatever reason, sewing a removable drawstring bike seat cover is super easy and makes a great quick… read more

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Jun 04, 2010

How To: Popsicle Stick Guitar

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The popsicle stick is a craft supply staple - it's often one of the first media into which children break out after they've mastered crayons and construction paper, and it's certainly many a ManMakers first introduction to working with wood.

Finished guitar

One of the popsicle stick's great achievements is its infinite flexibility, which has never been demonstrated more greatly than in this guitar, the body, neck, and headstock of which is made completely from 2000 regular ole' popsicle sticks.

Bracing

Busupholstery says, "I decided it was time for someone to build a guitar completely from popsicle sticks........Ordered 4,000 on ebay and… read more

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Jun 03, 2010

How To: Bicycle Wheel Pot Rack

created at: 06/02/2010

This project is right up the bike lane of most ManMakers: we don't have enough kitchen storage space, we love to recycle, and don't have regular access to welding-gear.

"A bike wheel and a few hardware-store odds and ends are all it takes to rescue your cookware from the dark and dusty recesses of kitchen cabinets. And who knows? Perhaps a functional, accessible, and rotating pot rack will finally bring out your inner Iron Chef (or at least encourage you to stop ordering in every other night)."

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Jun 02, 2010

Customize Your Cookies With DIY Cookie Cutters

Cookie Cutter DIYIf pushed to declare a gender-neutral food, I'd nominate the cookie. Free of stereotypes, affiliations, and boosting and infinitely adaptable color palette, the cookie belongs on everyone's plate, if they make it that long.

But, the cookie's adaptability also allows for some intense customization, particularly in the classic cutout. But the next time you check out the cookie cutter section, you'll find yourself swimming in the limited palette of teddy bears and Easter baskets. Cookie cutters should be available in as much diversity as men and women come - from powder puffs to power tools.

So, looks like we'll have to make our own.… read more

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Jun 02, 2010

Welcome to Bicycle Month! How To: Make a Mini Bike Light

created at: 06/02/2010

Greetings, ManMakers! June 2010 is Bicycle Month on ManMadeDIY.com. We're passionate about two-wheeled transportation - both for its impact on the environment and your health, as well as the infinite number of bike crafts and hacks that one can do to totally take a DIY approach to cycling.

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One of the key aspects of cycing is safety, especially when sharing roads with other vehicles. So, to kick things off, here's a great mini bike light how-to that makes everything completely from scratch. This version is housed in a hose-to-faucet adapter, and uses three LEDS powered by triple-a batteries. A rocker switch is added to the back to control on/off… read more

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Jun 01, 2010

How To: Beef Up Your Burger Technique

created at: 06/01/2010

With Memorial Day behind us, it's OFFICIALLY grilling season, and nothing tastes like summer more than a well-formed, well-seasoned, and well-grilled hamburger. Many purists would argue that ground beef, salt, pepper are all that should ever go into a burger, but with some many resources, techniques, and traditions available to us, why not supplement that classic juicy beef patty with a few new options? Especially some that are so flavorful, you can keep the ketchup bottle in the fridge.

New York Times writer and author Mark Bittman explores the art of the best at-home burger - including beef, lamb, and pork - that starts with… read more

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