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May 02, 2011

10 Awesome DIY Bike Projects

With spring in full swing, its time to get out the bikes, dust 'em off, spiff 'em up, and hit the road. Which we would, of course, if it'd stop raining all the time. (Does Mother Nature respond to fist shakes?)

Then, once your bike is all tuned up and you're back in the habit, try of these bike-related craft and DIY projects to really show your cycle you care. Or, you know, make your ride more comfortable and safer.… read more

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May 02, 2011

How to Match Your Tie to Your Shirt, Sweater, or Suit

I've gone on record multiples times, in which I've shared that publishing ManMade has giving me a whole new appreciation for the necktie. As a full-time writer/crafter/artist/blogger/guy-who-technically-doesn't-have-to-get-dressed-most-days, its fun to have an excuse to get a little snazzed up and throw on a tie. (To you who have to wear one everyday, keep fighting the good fight).

And, whether you wear one daily or just a few times a year, it has to match the rest of… read more

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Apr 29, 2011

Taxidermy Gone Terribly, Terribly Wrong

Sarah from Curbed.com recently stumpled upon Crappy Taxidermy, which catalogs, you guessed it, crazy taxidermy projects from around the world. She rounded up ten highlights, which simply must be… read more

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Apr 29, 2011

Top 5: Awesome Sites for Crafters

The internet is wonderful thing. Ten years ago, if you wanted to learn how to do something, you'd have to go the library to research, or take a class, or (gasp!), call someone!

Now, all you have to do is hop online, and you can get step-by-step instructions and tool reviews so as to make nearly anything.

But, of course, anyone can get a website, and so you need to plow through all the options to find the most helpful, reliable… read more

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Apr 26, 2011

How To: Make the World's Five Best Sandwiches (Part II)

Okay, so a few weeks ago, I shared this awesome roundup of chef-created sandwiches curated by 'wichcraft's Tom Colicchio and published in Saveur magazine.

I may also have called them the World's Five Best Sandwiches. So...

But, then I discovered blogger Nikole Herriott's work at her site FortySixth at Grace, and her Saturday Sandwich series, which features a totally different, but still amazing, take on some killer looking… read more

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Apr 25, 2011

How To: Make Peep S'Mores

Chances are, if you pop into your neighborhood grocery store or pharmacy this afternoon, you'll be greeted with all sorts of post-Easter clearance, including candy that's at least 75% off. Especially boldly colored peeps. But what to do with those rows of almost-stale sugar coated staples?

Why, make them actually enjoyable by surrounding them with chocolate and graham crackers, of… read more

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Apr 22, 2011

Unbelievable Hand Carved Easter Eggs

How does one achieve such an Easter egg? Fancy laser cutters? Computer controlled carving machines? Ancient, secret Easten European techniques that are only known by, like, six living people?

Nope, just a pattern and some patience. Which means you can do… read more

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Apr 20, 2011

How To: Craft a DIY 8-Bit Hooded Sweatshirt

created at: 04/20/2011

Friends, there's a might fine new web series called Craftovision, an "internet show dedicated to DIY culture. IT'S ALIVE. [It's] where we feature episodes and post awesome DIY randomness that we find."

It's hosted/produced by the always talented Corinne Leigh, and I'm loving the latest episode. It not only features a sweet sewing project for guys - this Space Invaders-inspired 8-bit hooded sweatshirt, but an interview with Raynor, a crocheting-for-guys expert who blogs at The Shy Lion.

Click play to watch the latest episode and see… read more

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Apr 19, 2011

A Guide to 21 Awesome DIY Projects

created at: 04/19/2011

One awesome DIY, unique, guy-leaning project? Certainly worthy of a mention. But a roundup of a solid twenty-one by the inimitable Wired mag?

Well, I dunno, but it's way cool and you should check it… read more

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Apr 18, 2011

How To: Make a Rolled Paper Chess Set

One day, I will own a lathe, and I will turn my own handmade chess set from maple and walnut. Or, perhaps I'll learn how to carve wood, and whip up a handcarved buncha trolls and goblins taking each other on.

Until then, I think this rolled paper chess set is pretty brilliant. Oh, and FYI - I suck at… read more

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Apr 15, 2011

How To: Make Edible Chocolate Ice Cream Bowls

What's better than ice cream? Ice cream served in an edible chocolate bowl.

And what's better than ice cream served in an edible chocolate bowl? Why, one you made yourself, of course!

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Apr 14, 2011

How To: Make Recycled, Mod Coasters from Cereal Boxes

created at: 04/14/2011

I really like stuff that's made out of other stuff. Especially when it's super mod, sharp-looking stuff that are immediately practical and made from other stuff that I always have on hand. 

That's the best… read more

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Apr 13, 2011

How To: Make Easy (and Masculine!) Painted Silhouette Art

Silhouettes are the stuff of artistic genius. Got a picture of your dog? That's nice. Got a silhouette of your dog? Provocative! A painting of a guy with a beard is quaint, but a silhouette of said beard is instant culture. Ooo, how about one of a political figure? Or the American flag? Okay, that would just be a rectangle, but you get my point.

The best part is that, as these super easy paintings point out, they don't just have to be solid black fill on white, like that one your mom made you sit still for for like two hours while that weird lady shined a lamp on your face. Well,… read more

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Apr 11, 2011

How To: Make a Super Mario Papercraft Magnetic Board

created at: 04/11/2011

In elementary school, I was a diorama master. Iroquois longhouses with tiny animal pelts and handcarved mini wooded bowls, the two-part Tantalos cooking up Pelops and feeding him to the gods/never being able to snatch the fruit or bend to drink the water, and my award winning scene from The Westingread more

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Apr 11, 2011

How To: Make the Ultimate Party Dips

It's usually okay to go for the low-fat options: they're usually tasty enough, and worth the calorie cuts. Skim milk, reduced fat carbs like crackers and salty snacks, and low-fat yogurt are okay by me. But sometimes, you simply can't skip. Non-fat cheese? Impossible, and pretty non-edible.

The same does not go for snack dips. Sometimes, you just gotta admit something is party food, and go all… read more

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Apr 07, 2011

Crocheted Bike Under the Brooklyn Bridge

Scott knabbed this photo of this amazing crochet-covered bicycle under the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO. The artist is Agata Olek, who you might… read more

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Apr 05, 2011

How To: Make a Mathematical Bowl from Recycled Magazines

created at: 04/05/2011

Call it a fractal, TriForce-inspired, or just plain geometric, this triangular upcycled fruit bowl is straight up awesome. Made from only recycled magazines and isosceles triangles, this guy'll have you rocking your 9th-grade math class and your glue gun skills all at… read more

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Apr 04, 2011

How To: Make the World's Five Best Sandwiches

When is a sandwich not just a sandwich? When it's created by a five-star chef, of course.

Saveur magazine recently released its sandwich issue, and employed Tom Colicchio of Craft and sandwich spot 'wichcraft to share what goes into a truly great sandwich.

It needs to be constructed so that it doesn't fall apart. Selecting the right bread is essential—it should be firm enough to absorb moisture without getting soggy, but not so firm that the contents fall out when you clamp yourread more

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Mar 31, 2011

The Scientifically Perfect Bloody Mary

It's no surprise that there's a healthy bit of finesse into making a perfect cocktail - combining the spirits with balance, shaking or stirring with ice so the water dilutes it just enough, garnishing just so.

But, in the case of a drink with multiple ingredients and components, it turns out there's a bit of chemistry as well.   

Neil Da Costa, an expert in chemical analysis of flavors at International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., reports, "Each of the main ingredients has been shown to contain many flavor components, thus indicating that a Bloody Mary cocktail flavor is a very complex blend of several hundreds of flavor compounds. These include semi- and non-volatile ingredients with chemesthetic effects such a heat, burn, sour,… read more

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Mar 29, 2011

Modern Quilts for Manly Men

created at: 12/01/2010

Luke Haynes is a fiber artist, and probably the most unique and talented quilter I've ever seen. And, awesomely enough, is a dude.

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