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Dec 23, 2010

How To: Make Homemade Marshmallows

created at: 12/22/2010

I actually don't think I like marshmallows. I mean, Lucky Charms are pretty good, and I don't mind a s'more once a year, but I say keep them away from my hot chocolate.

But, admittedly, I've never had real marshmallow. A light and fluffy, just-sweet-enough tasty treat whipped up at home. And looking at this recipe, I'm pretty sure I could be convinced otherwise.   … read more

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Dec 21, 2010

How To: Make Icicle Candy in the Microwave

created at: 12/21/2010

As much respect as I have for the handmade traditions of the past, old fashioned holiday candies don't do much for me. My family is famous among their friends for their peanut brittle, but I can't stand the stuff.

But these bright blue glittery twisties!? No, this is candy making I can get excited about! And even, better it's made in the microwave, so no fancy thermometers or dropping stuff in water needed.   … read more

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Dec 20, 2010

How To: Lots of Ideas to Make DIY Luminaries

created at: 12/20/2010

One of my favorite holiday memories is of making luminaries to light the walk on Christmas eve. We'd gather with the other kids from our church, and fill paper lunch bags with sand, and then set a candle and light up the sidewalks of the entire block. I was always amazed that the bags didn't catch on fire, but mostly, I was amazed they'd let me play with a lighter, which I was definitely not allowed to do at home.

But, paper bags and play sand aren't the only option for these holiday traditions, so here's a roundup of DIY luminaria with a little something for everyone. There's LEDs for the geeks, a wax for the crafty folks,… read more

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Dec 17, 2010

How To: Make a DIY Brimmed Beanie in 5 Minutes

created at: 12/17/2010

A warm knit cap to keep your head warm, with a brim to keep the sun out and make you look sharp? Handmade, in under five minutes and on the cheap!?

Yes, please.    … read more

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Dec 15, 2010

How To: Make a Tree Branch iPod Dock

created at: 12/15/2010

I sorta have a problem with reading the wish lists and gift guides of my fellow design and DIY bloggers. I can't help it; I love getting a peak into the real lives or my peers, as well as the opportunity to learn about cool new stuff.

This year, I kept noticing one item pop up in lots of lists: the Enchanted Forest iPhone Dock from Anthropologie. It's a fun nature-meets-technology way to stand and display your iPod or iPhone. It's awesome, but at $100, it's a lot to pay for something that doesn't have speakers, a clock, or even a way to plug it into the wall. Of course, the fact that it's 100% wood and doesn't sport any fancy electronics means something else:

It's easy to make one at home.

If you've got a drill, some sort of saw, and a spare iPod USB cable, you can whip one up in an hour or two for absolutely free! I'm pretty sure this is the world's best Christmas gift for iPhone owners, especially cause it's handmade! I'm giving mine to my sweetheart (she's been banned from ManMade and all its networks until Christmas morning).

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Dec 15, 2010

101 Simple, Worthwhile Appetizers to Make in Under 20 Minutes

created at: 12/15/2010

I mostly hate party food. I mean, I like parties, and I love food, but somehow when I gather with others, all the options are sour cream and canned mushroom soup laden glops on my paper plate. And if I ever hear another person remark, "You put grape jelly in your meatballs!?!?" like it's some big secret, I may scream.

But not all is lost. Turns out, you can make tons of scrumptious, fresh, and (most importantly) edible finger foods. And by tons, I mean 101. The NYTime's Mark Bittman has created this master list on which you'll find stuff that'd be perfect for any upcoming Christmas or New Year's events, but worth keeping around to reference for a gathering in any season.

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Dec 14, 2010

How To: Quick and Easy Hand-Printed Wrapping Paper

created at: 12/14/2010

I'm still keeping up with my handmade only Christmas gifts this year, which, if you ask me, means I also gotta create my own wrapping paper. I added a typographic punch to brown craft paper, and made a super fast hand drawn snowflake paper, but decided I needed a little color under my tree. Not wanting to spend a ton of time, I whipped up several sheets of mod hand-printed paper in under an hour. 

Here's how to do it:   … read more

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Dec 14, 2010

How To: Make a Bent Wood Bowl

created at: 12/14/2010

I'm an enormous fan of bent plywood furniture. The subtle curving shapes of the precedent-setting Eames chairs are amazing:

created at: 12/14/2010

And while it's not impossible to do at home, it would take a lot of gear, time, and money. Individual layers are steamed and then laminated (glued on top of each other) over two-sided forms, forming curved plywood.… read more

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Dec 13, 2010

WTF is Wassail?! We Figure it Out , and Show You How to Make Some

created at: 12/13/2010

Sugar plums... Figgy pudding... A Dickens goose...

We all know these things exist, and have something to do with Christmas, but in the days of multl-flavored candy canes, pre-cooked hams, and eggnog from a carton, their actual meaning is beyond most contemporary celebrations. But we can guess a bit: we know sugar and plums, figs and pudding, geese. 

But no old-school, carol-inspired foodstuff is more perplexing than that we know from:

 

Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green;Here we come a-wand'ring, so fair to be seen.

Love and joy come to you, and to you your wassail too;And God bless you and send you a Happy New YearAnd God send you a Happy New Year.

So, WTF is wassail, and why would you ever want to make it? Well, here's a hint: it's beer! AND wine!

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Dec 10, 2010

How to Make 3D Paper Snowflakes

created at: 12/10/2010

Three or four years ago, these 3D paper snowflakes exploded all over the how-to and home decor blogosphere, and they've been an essential part of my holiday season ever since. I love the methodical tape slicing and paper cutting that perfectly matches a viewing of Christmas Vacation or Scrooged. This year, there's a total of sixteen hanging all over my home, and in case you haven't seen this how-to somewhere, I thought I'd share. … read more

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Dec 10, 2010

How To: Make an Omelette Inside an Eggshell

created at: 12/10/2010

They say you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.

True, but you can get pretty close.

The Evil Mad Scientists have figured out a way to create an omelette inside the egg's shell with just a single tiny hole, or, as they say, "a culinary equivalent of the ship in a bottle."   … read more

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Dec 09, 2010

How To: Make an Amorphous Vase from a Styrofoam Cup

created at: 12/09/2010

These days, I rarely run into a styrofoam cup. And I'm quite thankful, as extruded polystyrene foam does not biodegrade for hundreds of years, and the its manufacturing process produces a whole buncha junk that no one wants in the air. So, when you come across one, what is there to do but sink your teeth around the rim?

Why, make these fancy shaped vases, of course...

created at: 12/09/2010

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Dec 09, 2010

How To: Tie a Tie

created at: 12/09/2010

Just in case you were wondering...

 

Oh, you actually wanna know how to tie a tie? Okay...… read more

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Dec 08, 2010

Make a Melted Army Men Bowl

created at: 12/08/2010

Ever now and again, Dominic Wilcox's clever War Bowls cross my path. I spied them online eight or so years ago, then two years later, one was on display at my local contemporary art museum, then I read an interview with Wilcox in a magazine, and on and on. 

When I recently ran into them again, it occurred to me..."Maybe I should make one?" Then, as we all do when we have a light bulb moment, I Googled it.   … read more

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Dec 08, 2010

How To: Make Mod Sparkly Snowflakes

created at: 12/08/2010

Rebekah Greiman of Potholes and Pantyhose is all kinds of fun. Her website is a neverending collage of witty images, random bursts of energy, and pretty clever crafty projects.

Like these super sparkly snowflakes, which look like a cross between Sputnik and some dangerous weapon from either 1350 or 3350. One or the other.

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