Man Made DIY


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Mar 11, 2011

How To: Make This Amazing Geometric Mobile from an Old Phone Book

Yeah, buddy...Check out this super cool "himmeli" mobile my friend Elizabeth Abernathy [the brains behind Nuno mag] created using an upcycled, out-of-date phone book. (Right, it's out of date cause its a phone book. Got it.)

Elizabeth notes that hillemi are "Finnish mobiles (for the lack of a better descriptor) traditionally made of rye straw and hung over the table to insure a good (rye)read more

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Mar 09, 2011

How To: Sew a Basic Men's Wallet

Integration with smart phone cases be damned, there's a reason that standard wallet design hasn't changed in at least a century.

It can't really be improved upon.

Sure, I imagine that the credit card slots have been standardized, and clear spots for photo IDs are probably a later addition, and, of course, keeping photos in wallets wasn't really an option until those were affordable, but the basic wallet design is here to stay.

So, I guess we should all probably learn… read more

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Mar 07, 2011

How To: Make a Perfect Cup of Coffee at Home

Guess what? It's completely possible to make an absolutely amazing cup of coffee at home. And while it might be a bit different from scooping out those Folger's instant crystals into some microwaved tap water, as my old office mates used to do, it's not terrifically complex… read more

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Mar 02, 2011

IKEA Hack: Make a DIY Mod Pendant Light

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I love such a simple project with such a striking outcome. Especially when all the parts are inexpensive, and readily available at IKEA.

Vendela created this cool barrel shade project from… read more

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Mar 01, 2011

How To: Make an Awesome Lego Chess Set

I know the rules of chess. That doesn't mean I know much about playing it well, but I know how the little guys move and that you're supposed to say "check" a lot and not let anyone get your queen, cause even though the king is the point of the game, the queen is actually more awesome, just like in every American household and royalty-having country across the… read more

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Feb 28, 2011

How To: Make a Laptop Stand from Recycled Books (for under $5.00)

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Alex Braidwood is a clever fellow. 

Using two retired books, he created this attractive laptop docking station for nestle his laptop and save desktop space when connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

"The selection of… read more

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Feb 25, 2011

Completely Awesome Wooden Wall Treatment from Upcycled Shipping Pallets

created at: 02/25/2011

"Mom and Her Drill" is just that: Katy's a cool mom of three who works as an engineer during the day, and builds and paints all kinds of cool stuff by night.

She recently completed this amazing wall treatment made from recycled shipping pallets, and the results are… read more

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Feb 22, 2011

Five Easy DIY Wall Art Ideas

created at: 02/22/2011

The blank white wall. It says classy. It says timeless. It says...

You haven't picked a piece of artwork yet.

Even the cave dwellers understood that blank walls are an instant downer. But artwork, especially the good stuff, can be expensive.

So what's left to do?… read more

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Feb 21, 2011

How To: Make a DIY Nakashima-Inspired Coffee Table

created at: 02/21/2011

George Nakashima was a Japanese-American craftsman and furniture maker who was a powerhouse influence in 20th century furniture design. I've been fortunate enough to sit on and explore many of his actual pieces;the Boston Museum of Fine Arts has several, and you're welcome to actually use them. His mastery of fine joinery mixed with rustic unfinished edges are as good as handbuilt furniture can get, and he's by far the my woodworking idol. (Sorry, Norm...)

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Nakashima's signature coffee tables feature flat, finely finished tops with raw or "live" edges, resulting in a natural modern look that's pretty… read more

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Feb 17, 2011

How to Make Your Own Photo Gadget Pouches

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You've probably seen them: tiny zippered pouches, big enough to carry business cards, or a to use as a small wallet, printed with photorealistic images of hamburgers, vinyl records, etc. And you've probably thought, "kinda cool idea, but I'd rather a cassette tape I actually like, or a camera from own collection."

Okay, no problem. Just make your… read more

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Feb 17, 2011

How to: Make Your Own Möbius Table

 

created at: 02/17/2011

A Möbius strip is a looping figure with only one side and edge. The Möbius table takes its inspiration from that mathematical surface with a continuous, undulating base, which "flares and narrows in six arcs, creating a look of poised animation." 

Maker and furniture designer Sean Michael Ragan created his own version of the Möbius table from hardware store parts and without resorting to fancy woodworking techniques or complex… read more

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Feb 16, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: February 16, 2011

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.

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@QueueNoodle is a Twitter account that lets you know when Netflix Watch Instantly movies are about to expire, so you watch them while they're still available.

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Feb 15, 2011

This Weekend I Made: DIY Limoncello and Wooden Eames Arrows

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It was a productive weekend at my house. We had our first thaw since mid-December, so I emptied all the dead potted herbs that were too frozen to come out, cleaned out the garage, got my bike and Vespa back in order, vacuumed out my car, and had a make-your-own pizza party with my niece and nephew.

And, seeing as it's citrus season, I wanted to have another go at homemade limoncello. I had a half bottle of grain alcohol left from the vanilla extracting I did for Christmas presents, and filled it with the zest of 12 lemons (there's about 1000ml of spirits in the bottle). I'm amazed by how yellow it is, even after only a few minutes. Next step: wait 45 days, then dilute and sweeten it up!

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I also installed a new bandsaw blade, and to test it, I decided I needed some wooded arrows. Not the kind you shoot, but the ones that point out stuff. (Which, of course, recalls a favorite Mitch Hedberg joke... "Imagine being killed by a bow and arrow. That would suck, an arrow killed you? They would never solve the crime. "Look at that dead guy. Let's go… read more

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Feb 14, 2011

How to: Make Mini Office Supply Book Covers for Matchbooks (Free Download)

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I'll admit it; I have a particular penchant for miniatures. Not small things, but tiny versions of normal-sized stuff. Generally, I like things that play with scale, I like the "how do they do that?" aspect, and, c'mon, mini things are adorable!

So, I love these super cool tiny books, which made from matchbooks and actually serve as office supply storage, are a quick DIY project who's reward just keeps on giving. Put these on your desk, and there's no way you won't be… read more

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Feb 09, 2011

Dollargami : $1 Paper Art

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One Christmas (maybe 1990 or '91?), I got a 'cool things for kids to do' book, and spent several of the awkward hours at the uncomfortable side of the family's gathering trying to follow the step-by-step directions and perfecting the dollar bill ring.

These dollar bill origami projects are a lot cooler than… read more

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Feb 09, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: February 09, 2011

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.

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Photographer Jason Lee is the coolest dad ever

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Tyler gets a suitcase containing the only two things… read more

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Feb 08, 2011

The Best Knitted Art You've Ever Seen

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Thomas C. Chung is a fine artist, and has come up with some of the best conceptual fiberarts I've ever seen. And I've seen a lot of yarnstuffs.

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Feb 07, 2011

How To: Make an Adjustable Bow Tie

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There are two kinds of bow ties: there's the fancy ones, that you actually need to tie every time and balance and fit perfectly in collar. And then, there's the other kind: the adjustable, pre-tied kind used in rental tuxedoes, restaurant server uniforms, Halloween costumes, and occassional forrays into Redenbacher-ness.

And unless you're a major bow tie officianado, the latter is most likely your best bet.

So, let's… read more

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Feb 04, 2011

All Blown Up: How to Create Custom Large-Scale Artwork

This ManMade guest post was written by K. Faith Morgan

Finding art for your home can be tough task: you can go the dorm room approach and frame a poster, take the generic route and settle for the weird Tuscan-paintings from the housewares store, or invest in an original piece, which can be costly.

But check out these options, which each take something tiny and blow them up to featured proportions:

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Blueprint (Desire to Inspire)

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Playing Cards (Blueprint Magazine)

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Envelope (Southern Living Magazine

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Stamp (Design*Sponge

You likes? Cool, let's make our own.

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Feb 03, 2011

How to: Make a Cork Board World Map

This ManMade guest post was written by K.Faith Morgan

created at: 02/03/2011

You can't beat an awesome piece of wall art that is sure to strike up lots of conversation, and allows you to preserve your memories. This cork map art like a real world Where I've Been for your analog wall. (Is that weird that a website is now the reference point for a project like this?!)

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