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Mar 31, 2010

How To: R2D2 Light from a $10 IKEA Lamp

DIY R2D2 Lamp from $10 IKEA lamp

Nylanan is currently building a full scale R2D2 from scratch, and thus has lots of R2 on the brain. So, when he noticed the $8.99 TERTIAL work lamp while walking through IKEA, he couldn't help notice the similarities. So, with a bit of blue vinyl, he took a break on his robo-build and created this great, inexpensive R2D2 lamp.

As he notes, "The great thing about R2 is that he has such a an iconic look that you really only have to capture a few bits and pieces to make him look right: the main eye, the stripes and the top… read more

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Mar 30, 2010

How To: Liquor Lollipops

These grown-up lollipops improves on one of my favorite Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory quotes "Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker." (I've since learned it comes from Ogden Nash's Reflections on Ice Breaking).

This recipe calls for absinthe - the "green fairy" long outlawed in the U.S. - but could be adapted to include most spirits, I imagine. The ingredients list (minus the absinthe) seems pretty reasonable:

* 1.0 cup Sugar * 0.3 cup Golden Syrup * 0.25 cup Cream Of Tartar * 5 shot of Absinthe * Stove * Wooden Spoon * Pan * Mould * Popsicle Sticks * Confectionery Thermometer *… read more

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Mar 24, 2010

How to: Crochet an RSS Feed X-Stitch Pillow

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Whip up an RSS Feed Pillow to show your love of technology and pillows! The colorful and cheeky design is my own, and I'm happy to share it with ManMade-ians everywhere. 'But, Maven', you might be saying, 'I don't know how to crochet!' Oh....poo. Crocheting is easy to learn. (My grandma taught me when I was 8!) Of course, if you don't have a crocheting granny, not to worry. Crafty Daisies has superior FREE crochet tutorials on their website. As for x-stitching, that's even easier. (Here's a quick illustration.) Other than that, all the information you need to make the pillow can be found at this post on my website, diymaven.com.

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Mar 22, 2010

Five Very Soothing, DIY Shaving Recipes + Alternatives

Tom Moore Examining Results of His First Shave, Necessity for Which Only He Could See Photographic Print

A while back Chris hooked you up with Five Very Manly, DIY After Shave Recipes. Now we take a step back in the process to help you make your shaving experience even more soothing. 

  1. Calendula and Lavender essential oils are the essential ingredients in this Soothing Shave recipe from Bath and Body Recipes.
  2. This easy DIY Shaving Cream from Thrifty Fun requires very few ingredients.
  3. Life123 offers another fairly Easy Shaving Cream Recipe.
  4. If you prefer a gels, check out Towards Sustainability's Homemade Shaving Gel offering.
  5. And if you want to go old school, this Shaving Soap recipe from Teach… read more
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Mar 18, 2010

How To: Embroider a Necktie

created at: 03/18/2010

It's my hope that, one day, I'll be able to make every necktie I own, from scratch. Until then, I'm digging on this idea I tripped over at the always awesome Doe-C-Doe: adding a little custom embroidery to a store-bought tie, creating lots of handmade flair and plenty of… read more

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Mar 16, 2010

How To: Hoodie Origami - Turn a Hooded Sweatshirt into a Computer Sleeve, Pillow, and More...

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Artist Antonio Scarponi remarks, "A hoodie is not just a hoodie. In a world full of stuff, smart items should be transformable, editable. They should engage the possibility to be transformed into something else. We do not need a new object. We  rather need to get rid of some of them, to reduce the complex network of things around us."

So, he's introduced Just undo it - a collection of reversible objects that can be made from a hooded sweatshirt. 

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The series includes a laptop bag, baby carrier, pillow, backpack and strap bag. Talk… read more

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Mar 15, 2010

How To: Make Crunchy, Homemade Potato Chips in your Microwave

I never thought a microwave could produce crispy ANYTHING, let alone the airy crunchiness of of perfectly cooked potato chip.

But I'm happy to admit when I'm wrong, especially when me being wrong equals the ability to make quick and easy homemade potato chips without the mess of deep frying.

Ingredients and Materials:
1 russet potato
Non stick spray
Salt and Pepper
Slicing mandoline or sharp knife or vegetable peeler
Parchment paper or glass plate
Micr… read more

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Mar 12, 2010

How To: Guinness Ice Cream Float, Perfect for St. Patrick's Day

Mix Ice Cream, Stout, Dash of Luck

One glass. Two ingredients. One step. Delicious. And its probably healthier than milk, chocolate syrup, and whipped… read more

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Mar 10, 2010

One Chicken, 17 Healthy Meals, 26 Bucks, No Mayo

Kristen Swensson of Cheap, Healthy, Good has accomplished an incredible week-long adventure: she created an entire weeks worth of healthy meals for two people with pantry staples, $25.00, and one whole chicken. "The stretchability of a whole chicken is a frequently discussed topic among food and frugality bloggers... [but] here’s the thing: sometimes, those dinners aren’t the healthiest meals in the world. There tend to be a lot of quesadillas and casseroles whenever these type of posts pop up, not to mention chicken salads drenched with full-fat mayo. Now, there’s nothing wrong with this whatsoever (except the mayo - blech), but I wanted to see if I could put a healthier spin on it. In a sentence: I wanted to find out if it was possible to create a gaggle of inexpensive, lower-fat meals with the leftovers from one big ol’ chicken."

And she did it! No repeats, and no waste, and only $0.86 over… read more

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Mar 08, 2010

How To: DIY Scratch-Off Business Cards.

DIY Scratch Off Business Cards

This day-in-age, a simple embossed logo and your name in a classic serif simply won't do. We're in the era of digital networking, and in order to make a business card work, it needs to stand out.

Bofthem has figured out a way to do just that: do-it-yourself scratch off… read more

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Mar 05, 2010

DIY Tuxedo T-Shirts

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The magic of printable iron-on paper empowers you to create your own version of this slacker classic. Perfect for Oscar parties or anytime you need to be tongue-in-cheek and a little… read more

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Mar 05, 2010

How To: Make a Boy's Sweater Vest [from an Adult Sweater]

At ManMade, we feature crafts and projects for men of all kinds, including little, tiny, adorable men.

Dana from MADE came up with this boy's sweater vest tutorial, which repurposes an adult sweater and "[turns] your little man into the gentleman he was meant to… read more

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Mar 03, 2010

How To: Create a Basic Work Table

No matter what your medium - art, illustration, sewing, knitting, soldering, voodoo doll making - you gotta have someplace to do it. Many of us work in basement, garages, offices, closets, kitchen tables, and from boxes in couches.

But, as I've advocated before, a designated workspace to store and organize your supplies, whatever they are, can help one be more productive and inspired.Basic Work Table

I'm really digging this design by Randofo, which was built, in his words, as a
"simple work table for my home studio so that I could have a surface upon which to work and document projects. I tried to keep the design as simple as possible as I only have a limited arsenal of power tools, a small vehicle for transporting materials and little patience for woodworking."

I especially like the white surface - which is great for documenting and taking step-by-step photos. I wonder if the effect could be recreated with a secondhand, white dry-erase board supported by… read more

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Mar 02, 2010

How To: Knit a Pair of Men's Socks

As last week's Handmade Haiku intimated, I haven't yet mastered the skill sets to make myself a super - knitter, but when I do, oh, buddy, am I going to make a pair of socks for myself.

Warm, snuggly, and with the moisture - wicking power of wool! I especially love all the details: the contrast color in the toes and heels, the fun 70's racing stripes, and the cuff on the… read more

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Mar 01, 2010

How To: Recreate the Very Manly Home of Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong - the U.S. cyclist who has become a household name for his Tour de France performance and ubiquitous yellow bracelets - has retired into a Spanish colonial outside Austin, Texas. It's pretty gigantic, and contains all the elements of traditionally masculine decor - lots of wood, leather, and warm colors.

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