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Feb 02, 2011

How To: Make Custom Art from Your Own Fingerprints

created at: 02/02/2011

It's nearing Valentine's Day, and though my sweetheart and I don't usually do gifts, I wanted to make her something special. We're not big on the whole Hobby Lobby, scrapbook-y, shrine to ourselves approach to artwork, but I did want to incorporate a personal element. I recalled the custom DNA portraits I'd seen, and when searching, found the fingerprint prints offered by the same company. While I wouldn't even begin to understand how to go about visualizing DNA, I figured the custom fingerprint approach was probably pretty achievable.

And...it was.

I even figured out a way to make it seem a bit more handmade than the cold, tech-ier versions offered by the online companies. And, it only ended up costing me $6.00 USD. (I'm so thankful I've got someone who would be proud of me for creating an inexpensive DIY route, rather than impressed by how much… read more

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Feb 02, 2011

Embroidery Fit for Fellows

This ManMade guest post was written by K. Faith Morgan

created at: 02/02/2011

Understandably, you’ve traditionally thought of embroidery as a mostly feminine pursuit, but I've gathered some awesome examples to change… read more

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Feb 01, 2011

Paul is a Serious Crafter

created at: 02/01/2011

Paul Einlyng is a serious… read more

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Feb 01, 2011

How To: Turn Your Dining Table into a Ping Pong Table

created at: 02/01/2011

College spoils young adults in a lot of ways: the ability to live in the same community with thousands of peers and then being forced to interact by the RA, the illusion of financial "independence," or the notion that if you schedule yourself right, you only need to be accountable two days a week, and only from 1:00-4:30 p.m.

But for me, dorm living twisted me in another way: 24-hour access to a ping pong table. I've never lived in a home with enough space for such luxuries as a table tennis and billiard tables, save for those two great years in Swing and Morris halls. At the beginning of freshman year, I wasn't much, but buddy, by the time I was an upper classperson, my roommate Adam and I had that… read more

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Feb 01, 2011

Total DIY Fails from Classic Television

created at: 02/01/2011

Admit it: mistakes can be funny...especially when they're someone else's.

We’ve all had our moments of DIY failure. I have. From the contact paper stencil that I melted with spray-paint just last month to the time my parents were out of town for the weekend and my sister and I decided to spruce up their bathroom.

We were 17 and 14 respectively. Yeah. Imagine how that might have gone...

I’ve had plenty of epic fails. (The more you try, the more you learn, right?) To make you (and me) feel better, I’ve rounded up three of my favorite TV DIY fails for… read more

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Jan 31, 2011

How To: Make a Beard Box

created at: 01/31/2011

I decided to make all of my Christmas gifts last year. It’s really cool and personal, and, of course, saves money.

The only hole in my plan was my dad. He doesn’t do all of those traditional dad-ish things that you find in gift guides: He doesn’t hunt or fish or watch sports or even wear ties. To make things much harder, he’s an amazing craftsman and the best designer that I know, so I put off making a decision for a long time. (You know, fiddle-dee-dee and all.) One week before Christmas, I sat down to brainstorm. While browsing ManMade, I came across the Hierarchy of Beards. My dad has an awesome beard; I would probably classify it as a kitchen shelf.

I’ve never seen him without it, and I don’t really want to. I decided to pay homage to the greatness of his beard this Christmas, and create a bearded box to store all… read more

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Jan 31, 2011

22 Creative Ways to Reuse an Altoids Tin

created at: 01/31/2011

The Altoids tin is an absolute gold mine. Not only can you get an awesome little metal box for less than a dollar, it comes filled with free mints!

And as any DIYer, maker, or crafter can tell you, they're an absolutely brilliant resource for all types of creative… read more

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Jan 28, 2011

Behind-the-Scenes: The ManMade Office Gets a Makeover

created at: 01/28/2011

Six months ago, I left my then-current career to pursue creative work full-time. In doing so, I realized I probably needed an actual space beyond my couch to stay organized, and keep track of various projects, etc. So, for the last few months, I gave the spare bedroom in my house a 100% overhaul to become a functional craft studio and office.

Like a tour? Of course!… read more

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Jan 26, 2011

How To: Make Your Own Beard Beanie

created at: 01/26/2011

A few weeks ago, I shared Taraduff's incredible Etsy shop, which features these hilarious and very practical bearded stocking hats.

The ManMade community got plenty excited about them, so I was stoked to find an original tutorial that shows you how to make your… read more

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Jan 25, 2011

How To: Build a Mod, Floating Shelf

created at: 01/25/2011

I remember the first decidedly modern home I ever visited. Certainly, there were none in my hometown or among my family or parent's friends, so when we stepped into what I now know to be an Eichler-alike ranch in the Smokey Mountains, I was totally blown away. "This looks like the Jetsons!" I remarked, and while I have no idea who those people were, at age 6, I started to develop a taste for modernism.

The home of this mystery couple, who were someone my parents knew that had just recently moved, sported this amazing large floating shelf, which served as both storage and a room divider. So, from the very beginning, floating shelves =… read more

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Jan 24, 2011

How to: Make Pantone Chip Cookies

created at: 01/24/2011

The cookie is typically a rustic goodie. There are fancy pastry chefs who create works of art out of pulled sugar, gels, and ring molds, but the cookie typically maintains a more rustic appeal.

Until… read more

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Jan 24, 2011

How To: Make a DIY Rubber Band Rifle

created at: 01/24/2011

I have a bit of a conundrum: I'm really uncomfortable with guns. I only shot one once, when I was 23, at a friend's farm. With all the proper safety precautions, he taught me a bit about shooting clay pigeons, launched one into the air, and I actually hit it.

And that was enough. I never want to shoot, or even touch, a gun again. 

And yet, I love to throw, fling, and launch stuff at my friends.… read more

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Jan 18, 2011

How To: Make an Industrial Chic Lamp from Pipe Fittings

created at: 01/15/2011

Over the last few months, I've seen several sets of super cool lights created from plumbing parts at always reliable sites like Design Milk and Boing Boing. In the midst of redoing my own office, I realized I needed a desk lamp to shed a little extra light on smaller tasks. I went to the office supply and home furnishing stores, but I couldn't find anything that'd work. So, I recalled the pipe fitting lamp I'd seen, and decided to make my own.… read more

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Jan 17, 2011

Make a Stackable Lunch Box from Recycled Cans

created at: 01/17/2011

According to Lunchboxes.com, a tiffin box is for a "Tiffin," a "lunch, or any light meal. It originated in British India, and is today found primarily in Indian English. The word originated when Indian custom superseded the British practice of an afternoon dinner, leading to a new word for the afternoon meal. 

The stacked design corresponds to exactly how I love to eat lunch: a little serving of lots of stuff,… read more

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Jan 17, 2011

100 Exceptionally Cool Free Papercraft Models and Toys

created at: 01/17/2011

In response to our snow-filled declaration of Paper Day last week, ManMade reader Stephanie email me to share this awesome roundup of 100 papercraft templates available for a free… read more

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Jan 17, 2011

The Beginner's Guide to Beards

created at: 01/17/2011

We at ManMade are big fans of beards, and as such, realize that sporting one is way more than just not shaving.

So, we love Valet magazine's "Beginners Guide to Beards" which contains helpful, real advice for managing facial hair of all sorts of lengths.

A seriously… read more

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Jan 11, 2011

How To: Fold a Paper Wallet

It's official: I'm declaring today, Tuesday, January 11th 2011, Paper Day! Most of the country is under a winter storm advisory, so lots of us are stuck inside, eating from the fridge and looking for something to do. Since you might not be able to get out of the house and pick up supplies for a large scale DIY project, we'll be offering four sweet and FREE how-to or printable projects to keep you busy.

created at: 01/11/2011

Paper Day, Part 4: Fold a Paper Wallet

Guess what I… read more

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Jan 11, 2011

Free Moravian Star Cut-out

It's official: I'm declaring today, Tuesday, January 11th 2011, Paper Day! Most of the country is under a winter storm advisory, so lots of us are stuck inside, eating from the fridge and looking for something to do. Since you might not be able to get out of the house and pick up supplies for a large scale DIY project, we'll be offering four sweet and FREE how-to or printable projects to keep you busy.

created at: 01/11/2011

Paper Day, Part 3: Moravian Star

A Moravian star is a popular Advent and Christmas decoration in Germany. They originated as a geometry lesson, but eventually became adapted by the Moravian Church as a holiday symbol. [… read more

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Jan 11, 2011

How To: Fold a $5 Bill to Give Lincoln a Baseball Cap

It's official: I'm declaring today, Tuesday, January 11th 2011, Paper Day! Most of the country is under a winter storm advisory, so lots of us are stuck inside, eating from the fridge and looking for something to do. Since you might not be able to get out of the house and pick up supplies for a large scale DIY project, we'll be offering four sweet and FREE how-to or printable projects to keep you busy.

created at: 01/11/2011

Paper Day, Part 1: Lincoln Gets a Cap

Hilarious and seemingly easy instructions to turn Honest Abe into a true b-boy. Once here's there, you could turn him into a puppet for an impromptu performance, or whip out your camera for a quick-and-easy stop motion… read more

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Jan 07, 2011

How To: Winterize Your Bike to Ride in the Snow

created at: 01/07/2011

Outside, the ground has been covered in snow since our first fall back in December, and its still falling. Which means my bicycle's been in the garage for six weeks, and I'm getting a little antsy. And the recumbent exercise bike just isn't cutting… read more

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