Man Made DIY


Jan 21, 2013

How to: Roll Your Pant Cuffs...and Not Look Ridiculous

Whether you're going for a few extra style points, or just trying to keep your pants legs off the ground and prevent yourself from stepping on them, there are plenty of times you need to roll your pant legs. So, do it properly.   … read more


Jan 18, 2013

Weekend Project: Make a DIY Industrial Plumbing Pipe Table (Free Downloadable Plans)

When designer Fiona Richards needed to expand her studio space to include a dedicated table to pack and ship her work, she and her husband Doug hit the hardware store to scope out parts. They decided to build one from plumbing parts and a solid wood top, and hopped online to find plans... and found nothing.

So, they did what most DIYers would do and designed their own, and are happily sharing their original plans with all of us for free.   … read more


Jan 15, 2013

How to: Care for and Protect Your Leather Boots and Shoes for Winter

created at: 04/16/2013

This time of year, footwear choices can be a gamble. Overthink it, and you're stuck in snow or hiking boots all day. Under prepare, and your socks and feet stay wet, cold, and covered in  road salt. 

created at: 01/15/2013

The answer, of course, is to opt for the middle, and choose a natural weather-resistant material that's stylish no matter what the season: leather.   … read more


Jan 14, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Business Card Pad

created at: 01/14/2013

Even in the era of smartphones and digital address books, I still maintain a classy business card is a must for every guy. If you don't currently have a job where you need one, here's hoping you have passions or a lifestyle that needs communicated...and remembered. Especially when you meet somebody new, and pull it from a pad of stacked cards like a complete b***ss.   … read more


Jan 14, 2013

Free Download: Make Your Own "Ernest Hemingway with a Shotgun" Art

My buddy Andrew was recently searching a site selling vintage, "masculine" art, when he stumbled across this captivating photo of all-around man Ernest Hemingway, shirtless and holding a shotgun. With a bit of clever searching, Andrew discovered the picture is actually… read more


Jan 11, 2013

How to: Create an Artful Sandwich

"For something that has almost unlimited potential," argues "The Minimalist" Mark Bittman, "the sandwich has become staid and unimaginative...mostly because we’ve allowed sandwich-making to become something that is either done by someone else or a task to be squeezed in between breakfast and taking the kids to the bus."… read more


Jan 10, 2013

How to: Make DIY Bacon Pixie Stix

Candida introduces this inspired/totally crazy how-to thusly, and I couldn't say it better myself. "Bacon Pixie Stix are the perfect combination of insanely awesome, and totally wrong.  They are, as advertised, pixie sticks - with bacon.  Make these award-winning treats for your next social occasion, and surprise your friends with a sweet, tart, bacon-flavored boot to the head." Done!   … read more


Jan 09, 2013

Denim Mythbusters: What You Should Never Do to Good Jeans

created at: 01/09/2013

If you're interested in purchasing one or two long-lasting quality style pieces instead of a closet full of single-seasons, you've probably heard some of the myths about selvedge denim. Like, that you should never wash it (ever), wear it in the bathtub or roll around in the ocean and sand with it, or clean your jeans by putting them in the freezer.   … read more


Jan 09, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: January 9, 2013

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Illustrator and designer Jeannie Huang is giving away this free download-and-print calendar for 2013.    … read more


Jan 08, 2013

How to: Make DIY "Manly" Wooden Teething Toys

created at: 01/08/2013

Last month, my nephew turned one, and he's suffering the pains of little ones everywhere - new teeth and very sore gums. He's sticking anything he can in his mouth to try to relieve the pain, so my sweetheart asked me if we could make up some dedicated teething toys, made from natural materials, for his birthday gift. And since his parents are both hilarious and always up for a laugh, we decided to go all out and avoid the monkeys and giraffes common in infant toys, and make them in humorous, tongue-in-cheek "manly" shapes.… read more


Jan 02, 2013

How to: Make DIY Papercut Alphabet Art

It's seriously cold outside...nearing zero degrees with the wind chill, and the air is full of that ice blastiness that's bouncing off the fourteen or so inches of snow that's covering everything, and has no plans to disappear.It's that sort of day when you look around your home for what you need, cause there's no way you're going outside. Hit up your pantry for stuff to make for dinner, watch that DVD you bought six years ago and still haven't unwrapped, and check your supply stash for materials to make a rainy...err snowy day project.

Like this clever torn paper typography. Inspired by a piece by designer Konstatin Datz, Finnish artist Riikka created this papercut typographic poster from twenty six squares of kraft paper, and a bit of posterboard. 

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Dec 18, 2012

6 DIY Gift Wrap Ideas for Men

created at: 12/18/2012

If you can't manage to make a gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list, you can always add a little personal touch by DIYing your own custom gift wrap. Not only do each of these relatively easy projects convey a handmade look and appeal, most of them can be specifically customized to the recipient, so you can be sure they'll know you took the extra step. There are roughly a gajillion DIY gift wrap projects about online, so I picked five that could particularly work from a masculine perspective, whether you're giving as or to a guy. 

And, don't worry, there's no animal hides or power tools required. Unless you want there to… read more


Dec 18, 2012

Just So You Know, Roasted Chestnuts are Totally Delicious, and You Should Make Some this Holiday Season

I've never had a sugarplum, and I'm still not totally sure what figgy pudding actually is, but of one traditional holiday treat I'm convinced: roasted chestnuts are amazing. And not like in that quaint, old timey "I could see why people thought these were tasty before we figured out how to make more delicious things" (like hard candy or [in my case] jelly beans), but in a "this things are awesome no matter what century it is."

Got an open fire? Go for it. But since most of us aren't quite used to heat control with a giant blazing inferno, roasting chestnuts in the oven is more than an okay way to go. If you've never had one, the… read more


Dec 14, 2012

How to: Make Booze-Infused Moonshine Marshmallows

As far as hot chocolate fans go, I'm among the biggest. Especially during December. I like it all kinds of ways - thick Mexican drinking chocolates with a churro, the powdered milk-cocoa mix from the stand at the holiday light show at the zoo, and the fancy versions from my local coffee shop. And marshmallows? I'm for 'em.   

Especially if they're homemade. Like lots of food crafts, the difference between a who-knows-how-old factory made 'shmallow and the pillowy complexity of a homemade version are simply incomparable. And while I like storebought marshmallows just fine, I love a homemade one. Especially when it's infused… read more


Dec 04, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Beer Advent Calendar

created at: 12/04/2012

If you love the idea of the Whiskey Advent Calendar, but can't quite justify the (fair but not inexpensive) $240 price tag, why not try a DIY version with something you can easily procure single samples of: beer. Cause there are few things better than candy, and winter ale is definitely one of them.    … read more


Dec 04, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Mid-Century Modern Atomic Wreath

created at: 12/04/2012

This season, I was excited to team up with DIY Network to create a series of original how-to projects with the theme of "Christmas at The Jetsons." The rest of the… read more


Dec 03, 2012

We Love: Bicycle Taxidermy

created at: 12/03/2012U.K.-based designer Regan Appleton came up with this brilliant idea while a student at the Royal College of Art.  … read more


Nov 30, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Wood Dowel Holiday Wreath

This easy wreath project is festive and inexpensive, with warm woodtones and… read more


Nov 28, 2012

How To: The Trick to Perfect Stovetop Popcorn [Video]

Hands down, stovetop popcorn is my favorite make-at-home snack. It's relatively healthy (whole grains, right?!), can be diverse and customizable, and I simply never don't want some. I've become a proponent of the pop-in-a-stainless-steel bowl method, but after discovering this tips from our buddies at America's Test Kitchen, I might be converted.  … read more


Nov 27, 2012

The Fixer's Manifesto

created at: 11/28/2012Sugru, makers of the amazing hand-formable self-setting rubber clay that turns into a firm silicone after 24 hours (it's good stuff), have been working on version 1.0 of "The Fixer's Manifesto."   … read more

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