Man Made DIY


Oct 22, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Leather Cup Jacket

My pal (and amazing craftsman) Matt came up with this cool project to transform an ordinary Kerr canning jar into a stylish vessel for serving warm drinks without burning your hands.    … read more


Oct 17, 2012

Beyond Toilet Paper: How to Treat Shaving Nicks and Cuts

I'll never forget the first time I saw my dad with a clump of toilet paper stuck to his face. It was a Saturday, a day he usually worked, and we were at home getting ready for some formal occasion...I think a wedding, or perhaps a funeral. I was watching The Jetsons in the living room, and here comes my dad, all clean and shiny, in his Sunday best, with not one but three little white mounds with a bright red center on his chin. I immediately ran to my mom to find out what in the world was going on.   … read more


Oct 17, 2012

The Basic Principles of Design: An Introduction

Art and inspiration blog Fuel Your Creativity argues,

For the masses, the internet is both a valuable resource, and possibly the source of a design epidemic. People have flooded the internet looking for design content, and while you might not need to learn the basics before attempting a stellar gradient in Photoshop, there will come a point where this style is left behind and a new style reaches popularity. The fact is, the fundamentals of design will never change. They are the glue that holds the design industry together and to reach success, we need to learn these from the very beginning.

And with that, they offer a minimalist introduction to those basic fundamentals: The Lost Principles of Design   … read more


Oct 16, 2012

How to: Make DIY Vintage-Style Cage Lights

These "vintage" cage lights have character for days, provide plenty of functionality, and help to fill that most often empty space in any room: the ceiling and upper walls.

And, of course, they're sorta pricey. Unless, of course, you make your own.    … read more


Oct 15, 2012

How to: Melt and Form Your Own DIY Cheese Shapes

To get revved up for Halloween, Beth from Hungry Happenings came up with this clever trick to make DIY skull and crossbone-shaped mozzarella cheese slices. Really - that's cheese, and you can make them at home.   … read more


Oct 11, 2012

How to Eat a Cupcake Like a Gentleman

"Apparently," says FoodBeast, "we've been eating cupcakes all wrong."

In turn, they offer a "proper" technique that avoids all the jaw-unhinging and head-tilting awkwardness, and manages to establish a consistent frosting-to-cake ratio.   … read more


Oct 10, 2012

How to: A Guide Not to Sucking So Bad on Instagram

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"Instagram," says Casey Neistat. "You're doing it wrong."   … read more


Oct 09, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Surplus Ammo Can Speaker Box

Okay, begin witty caption contest for this rugged DIY speaker! "You can play your explosively good music?" "For use only when you really need to blast your tunes?" "Only plays songs that charted number one with a bullet?" "Solder up this stereo, soldier?"… read more


Oct 08, 2012

Why Every Man Needs to Take Care of His Skin this Winter, and What to Do About It

created at: 10/08/2012

If you're anything like me, and 95% of the other men I know, you don't use any sorts of skin care product beyond the occassional aftershave lotion and sunscreen, and perhaps a bit of lip balm. And if that's true, then you, like me and 95% of the other men I know, are terribly, terribly wrong.   … read more


Oct 04, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Pumpkin Keg

Over the summer, Jaclyn and Melissa spied the watermelon keg project right here on ManMade, and immediately made one for themselves. And when fall rolled around, they figured out a way to adapt it to this seasons', um, giant, round, open on the inside thing: the pumpkin.   … read more


Oct 02, 2012

How to: A Quick and Easy DIY Method to Repair Your Own Denim Jeans

created at: 10/02/2012While 95% of the makeup of a pair of jeans will last for many years, a few particular points are much more vulnerable to wear: ripped seams, worn knees, or the big one, crotch blowout. Fortunately, even big tears can easily be repaired at home for little little money and just a few minutes.   … read more


Oct 01, 2012

How to: Make a Hexaflexagon - The Most Amazing Thing Math Has Ever Produced!

created at: 10/01/2012

Okay...I try not to get carried away with blog titles. And, yes, to all you engineers and mathnerds out there, I'm extremely right-brained, but this incredible thing is something about which everyone can agree. It's freaking amazing, and it'll definitely blow your mind, and probably even break it.   … read more


Oct 01, 2012

11 Awesome Sites to Download Free Wallpaper Art for Your Smartphone or Tablet

created at: 10/01/2012

Me? I'm a seasonal desktop and mobile background changer. I update them about four times a year, and then I keep the "used" ones in a folder, and will occassionally look back on them. Like those who obsessively catalog their days on their calendars or datebooks, or who are much better at keeping a journal than me, … read more


Sep 20, 2012

How to: Make the Ultimate Martini at Home

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You don't find too many recipes that begin with, "First a note about substituting ingredients or tools. Don't. This method has been exhaustively tested and retested for excellence and the smallest variation can result in catastrophic and unintended consequences."

Somehow, that deserves to be respected, and when the blog post is entitled "Perfect" without… read more


Sep 19, 2012

DIY Idea: Make a Portable Lunch Box Stereo

Brian Wood Arkansas-based BSquared Inc came up with this super creative solution for taking your tunes on the go. He built a portable iPod speaker/amplifier inside a vintage lunchbox, complete with a volume/power knob and beautiful wood casework to house the components.   … read more


Sep 18, 2012

How to: Make Your Own DIY Painted or Stained Axe

Best Made Co., the New York-based design company known for producing rustic yet infinitely stylish accesssories and tools with a modern masculine feel, first gained attention for their colorful (designer?) axe and tool handles. And now, they've created a how-to that gives you full, step-by-step instructions to customizing your own tools.   … read more


Sep 17, 2012

How to: Make Your Own Beer Milkshakes at Home!

This week, the human interest news cycle is a-buzz with the announcement of a Samuel Adams Octoberfest Milkshake available this fall at burger chain Red Robin. Yes, it has beer in it. 

But ManMakers, beer lovers, and all-around interesting people alike have known for years that… read more


Sep 06, 2012

How to: Make DIY Hickory Smoked Hot Sauce

It's the height of the produce season, and your local markets and grocery stores and (hopefully) your own garden are bursting with all the high-sun summer goodies. One can only eat so many veggies in a week, so it's time to start the preserving. And yes, canning and freezing chiles and peppers is one way to go about it...
or you can make your own smoked hot sauce.   … read more


Sep 05, 2012

How to: Make a Super Mega "Rocket Grill" from Off-The-Shelf Parts

created at: 09/05/2012

A rocket grill, you say? I'm intrigued.

Turns out, a rocket grill is "super mega" way of describing an crazy efficient charcoal grill, which uses a tiny amount of fuel to create searingly high temperatures that mimic commercial wood burning fires, upwards of 800°F, perfect for pizza, steaks, and shellfish.   … read more


Sep 05, 2012

The Process: Crafting a Durable Bag

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John Cho Moore creates men's bags and briefcases from sturdy canvas, leather, and shaped bamboo. Really. As Michael of Those Who Make says, "After working for companies that embraced a disposable state of mind, John aimed to create a product that would get better with age. Follow along as John utilizes durable, quality materials – waxed canvas, leather and bamboo – to craft a timeless bag."   … read more

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