Man Made DIY


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Mar 19, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Woodgrain Laptop Skin

I'm always a fan of the interaction between nature and technology...and nothing quite captures that interaction like an attempt to warm up the sleek designs of tech gear with a little warmth from the natural world: like my own project the tree branch iPhone dock or the tree limb magnets for your sleek kitchen appliances, or this great handmade wooden iPodread more

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Mar 16, 2012

How to: Make Modern, Colorful Wall Art (on the Cheap!)

Interested in adding some color to your home, but your landlords won't let you paint? Me too...(except I usually just paint, and ask for forgiveness later.)

Instead of grabbing a gallon at the… read more

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Mar 15, 2012

How to: Give Your Wall a Total Textural Makeover with Pennies!

created at: 03/15/2012

ManMade reader Lizzie has a "manly husband," Ryan, that she often sends here to trick him into doing DIY and decor projects. It's even worked several times, she says. "In fact, he 'allowed' me to take his fingerprint the other day so that I can make some fingerprint art which is the coolest thing ever.  They're all Illustrator'd up and ready to print!"

As apartment dwellers, Lizzie and Ryan were facing the standard the rental-agreement-says-you-can't-do-anything-awesome-to-where-you-live woes. Unless, of couse, it's temporary. So they came up with this awesome copper penny wall treatment that gives tons of color, texture, and detail to the space. And when they're ready to move? They can just take out a few nails and it's like they were never there.

Lizzie was gracious enough to share the process here, so read on to see how they completed this awesome… read more

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Mar 07, 2012

How to: Make an iPad or eReader Case from a Recycled Book

created at: 03/07/2012

This afternoon, the internet is all abuzz about the unveiling of the iPad 3, with its 4G LTE support and new home buttonless design. If you'll be standing in line to get a new one, or are simply interested in a unique, handmade an recycled solution to house your current tablet or eReader,… read more

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Mar 07, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: March 7, 2012

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.

So, this fractal mineral art is an actual geological find. As in, made by nature, colors and… read more

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Mar 06, 2012

Touch-Sensitive DIY Mario Block Lamp Kit

created at: 03/05/2012

I came across this touch sensitive Super Mario Brothers question mark block lamp on Etsy the other day and was really excited because...well, I'm a geek who grew up in the 80s. I mean, how cool is it that you can "punch" that infamous 8-bit block hanging from the ceiling and it lights up?

But when got me even more excited was when I learned that Bryan Duxbury, the creator of the lamp, also sells DIY kits so you can make your own touch sensitive 8-bit block… read more

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Mar 05, 2012

The Man's Guide to Scarves: Why You Should Wear One and 7 Ways to Tie It

created at: 03/05/2012

I was a late adopter of the scarf. I wasn't opposed, I just didn't have any, and so didn't wear one. And then, I found myself in New York the week before Christmas, in the middle of a snowstorm, walking about in thirty mile per hour winds, and my coat and gloves just wasn't cutting it. So, I snagged a scarf from a street vendor, and wouldn't you know it:

Scarves really, really… read more

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Mar 05, 2012

IKEA Hack: How to Make a DIY Lightbox for Tracing on the Cheap

created at: 03/05/2012

I have a built-in lightbox in one of my office worksurfaces, and it's one of my top three favorite features. Since having it, I've found all kinds of useful ways to take advantage of it, and it's now a tool I find indispensible. 

But, head to your local art store, and you can expect to pay a minimum of… read more

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Mar 02, 2012

How to: Make Homemade Oreo Cookies

I'm a regular crossword puzzle do-er, and am always learning more about the vocab and nuances and well, stock answers, of the medium. There are a few standard clues that tend to come up over and over again, "Peter Fonda 1997 role" (ULEE), "Sewing case" (ETUI), and what's probably the most occuring crossword fill of all time, ORE and its partner OREO. Look at all those vowels and the wonderful R.

So, of course, I get it, and then I'm craving Oreos for the next three days. (The only thing worse is… read more

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Mar 02, 2012

How to Make Your Bed in 30 Seconds

created at: 04/16/2013

I wasn't always a bedmaker. It wasn't until I was living in the dorms in college, and my bed also had to serve as the sofa, chair, desk, laundry-folding area, and dining table that I got in the habit of the daily bedclothes readjusting. And my bed needs it, cause I sleep like a freaking tornado and things end up in impossible places.

It's a habit I'm glad I've held onto. Research shows that people who make their bed are actually happier. And… read more

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Mar 01, 2012

How to: Make Your Own Suspenders

created at: 03/01/2012

As the editor of a male-oriented blog, I often get asked about my opinions on manly things, like how I feel about backwards baseball caps, or whether anyone should still have a goatee in 2012. (For the record: Against and absolutely not, respectively.)

Often, those questions bring up classic fashion items that are seeing a comeback, such as the bowtie, or suspenders. And in short? I'mread more

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Feb 27, 2012

How to: Make Bacon S'Mores (No Campfire Necessary)

To be filed in your "Why didn't I think of that?" pile, two words:

Bacon. S'mores. 

Yes, of course. The smokiness of bacon echoes the campfire without needing hot coals, the salty/sweet combo, the textural contrast of something chewy mixed with melty chocolate, fluffy 'shmallows, and… read more

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Feb 24, 2012

Friday Fun: How to Fold a Miura-Ori

"Chris," you're saying. "What's a Miura-ori?"

Well, it's that thing. In the picture. A sheet of paper that has been folded to open and close in a single motion. " A Miura sheet has only one degree of freedom, and can be thought of as having only two states: fully open, or fully closed. Since reversing one fold in the sheet (that is, making a “mountain” into a “valley”) requires reversing all of the adjacent folds as well, the Miura sheet feels as though it has a memory, and is very resistant to deformation."

i just made three...and it's crazy fun to learn and just fold and unfold over and… read more

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Feb 23, 2012

How to: Make a Leather Lunch Tote

Quick story...which I've probably already told somewhere on ManMade before, but I can't seem to find it.

I packed my lunch every day when in school, from first grade to my final senior exams. Well, rather, my dad packed my lunch for me. It was something we shared, and one of the greatest gifts my father ever gave me. In elementary, I was one of only four or five kids who got to line up early because we weren't lunch ticket users. The "packers" always got teased for some reason (kids are weird), but I also felt kinda cool and special.

He and I were always quite different, but I remember opening the fridge every morning to see a… read more

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Feb 23, 2012

How to: Make a Secret Flask Inside Everyday Items

created at: 02/23/2012

Maker and artist Mike Warren has invented "the Gentleman's Ski Pole," a clever option to add a small, concealed flask inside the handles of his skiing stocks.

But what he's really done is show all of us how to secretly stash a DIY flask inside of anything you can imagine: a walking stick, a book, a portfolio or breifcase...

If it's got some solid material, you can put a flask in it. And, oh, should you put a… read more

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Feb 22, 2012

How to: 3 Ways to Punch a Hole in a Leather Belt

created at: 04/16/2013

Sooner or later, you're gonna have to do it. It may be because you lost a little weight, and now it's time to notch over one more, and you're plumb out of holes. Maybe it'll be due to the fact that different pairs of pants sit on your body at different places. Or it may be that you'll simply had that belt for a little while, and the leather has stretched a bit. 

created at: 02/22/2012

But, at some point, you're gonna have to punch a hole in a belt. And if you do it right, it can look perfectly in line with the others, like it's been there the entire… read more

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Feb 21, 2012

How to: Make Tasty DIY Cocktail Bitters at Home

If you're not already aware, cocktail bitters are aromatic infusions that are used to give mixed drinks an incredible depth of flavor. Think of them as the spice cabinet for your home bar. Many of the standard flavors - Angostura, Peychaud's - originated as tonics to settle stomachs and cure sickness.

If you're also not aware, artisinal bitters have exploded on the cocktail and home mixology scene, and all the cool kids are mixing up their own. These make an awesome weekend project, as well as a great gift to give to your friends as favors or… read more

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Feb 21, 2012

How to: Make Your Own Typographic Scrabble Tile Coasters

Head to any thrift store or charity shop, and I guarantee you'll find an old worn out Scrabble game. Likely, it'll be complete with the board, but it's doubtful all the tiles will be present. Also likely? It'll be something like 91¢, which means you should totally get it and make something out of… read more

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Feb 20, 2012

How to: Make the Ultimate Lasagna Bolognese

There are few dishes with such a broad quality/identity spectrum as lasagna. Done well, it's an epic experience: layers upon layers of noodles, meat ragu, bechamel, and just the right amount of cheese. Done poorly, it's just some wide pasta with hamburger, Prego, and ricotta. Or worse...frozen, with eighty grams of saturated fat per serving and three days worth of… read more

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Feb 17, 2012

6 DIY Workbench Projects You Can Build in a Weekend

created at: 02/12/2013

No matter what you make, you've gotta have a place to do it. And while you're dining room table might work for light projects, I say any serious maker, crafter, or artist needs a proper… read more

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