Man Made DIY


02090

Aug 21, 2012

How to: Make Wood Veneer Pendant Lights

Wood veneer are thin pieces of full woodgrain, which are sold in flexible roles, so you can glue them onto core panels for the look and finish of hardwood grain pattersn without the expense of solid wood.

Because veneer is so thin (around 3mm), it's quite flexible and easy to work, … read more

02086

Aug 20, 2012

How to: Iron a Button-Down Dress Shirt Like a Pro

Ironing. One or two rare guys can get away with the dishelved look, but nearly everyone else should embrace that combo of steam and heat that somehow make fabric flat. And while a quick run over a pair of pants or polo comes easy enough to most of us, the button-down is a whole 'nother beast entirely. It's got at least seven components going on, each requiring a special setup on the

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02081

Aug 14, 2012

How to: Make the Ultimate Old Fashioned...The Old-Fashioned Way

created at: 04/16/2013

Two years ago, I posted a basic recipe for making classic cocktail, the Old Fashioned, during ManMade's inaugural Cocktail Month festivities.

created at: 08/14/2012

 

And two years ago, I was wrong. Quite wrong, in fact. I was just learning about cocktails, and was operating with the notion of the Old Fashioned I'd had in bars and restaurants, … read more

02077

Aug 13, 2012

A Bat-Signal Made from Strings and Nails

Artist Stephen Ball has been experimenting with blending pop culture and retro crafting, creating a string art version of the Bat-Signal.  … read more

02073

Aug 09, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Portable Grill from a Recycled Toolbox

created at: 08/09/2012

Imagine this: a self-contained, portable grill, complete with a locking lid and handle, sized perfectly for throwing in the back seat or trunk and heading out for a day or weekend of outdoor-cooked, char roasted goodness. Now, imagine it cost less than $20, and you can make it yourself.

Dreams do come true.   … read more

02071

Aug 09, 2012

This is Going to Change Lives: The $9 DIY Cardboard Bicycle

created at: 08/09/2012

This is a bicycle. You got that much. But this particular bicycle cost a mere $9-12 dollars to make, and, except for the brakes and pedals, is constructed entirely from recycled corrugated cardboard.

Can you imagine the possibilities for developing nations and rural settings?

Check out this beautifully shot video to learn more:   … read more

02062

Aug 06, 2012

How to: Make a Rustic Wood and Leather Hanging Shelf

created at: 08/06/2012

Often, the hardest part of creating and designing DIY projects is sourcing the right materials. Finding something strong yet workable, with just the right amount of visual character can actually be harder than you think. So, what I love about this rustic storage project is its embracing of its worn materials… read more

02060

Aug 06, 2012

The Best Time of Day to Do Everything

created at: 08/06/2012

Time management is unbelievably important essential for any man trying to be his best. That doesn't mean you have to fill your day with as many tasks as you can or build out your schedule with nothing but hustle. It means that in order to be the guy, the husband, the friend, the father, the boyfriend, the employee, the maker, the athlete, the citizen, the artst, the buisness owner, the scholar, the volunteer, the brother (you get where I'm going...), you've got to create the balance that allows you to fit in all the tasks and roles you've incorportated into your life.

And a great way to create that balance? Be mindful… read more

02058

Aug 03, 2012

How to: Make a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich at Home

Atlanta-based restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A has been in the news lately, and the U.S. is discussing more than just how delicious their signature, two-pickled chicken sandwiches are. I have plenty of thoughts on the subject, but I shan't share them here, cause this post is about sandwiches. (If you are curious what I think, feel free to email me. I'd be happy to chat about it with you.)

Regardless of the politics, it is true that Chick-Fil-A produces a unique take on the chicken sandwich, and their signature flavors and textures are worth figuring out how to recreate at home. So, whether you'll never go again, can't seem to break through the demonstrations, or are just craving a super tasty chicken sandwich on a Sunday, check out this recipe for making one at home.   … read more

02057

Aug 02, 2012

How to: An Easy Way to Make a New T-Shirt Feel Vintage Soft

created at: 08/02/2012

There's nothing like a well-worn t-shirt, faded just so and perfectly soft from repeated wearing and washing. Many new shirts try to mimic this effect, with pre-cracked screen prints and ultra thin fabric just of the verge of tearing...but those end up looking like, well, brand new shirts with pre-cracked screen prints and ultra thin fabric just of the verge of tearing.

Fortunately, there is a better way to get your new shirts ultra soft.   … read more

02053

Aug 01, 2012

How to: Bill Nye the Science Guy Teaches You to Tie a Bow Tie

created at: 08/01/2012

There are those men who have completely incorporated the bow tie into their public persona, so much so that when they wear anything else, they look quite strange. Can you imagine Orville Redenbacher in a crew neck sweater, or James Bond in a polo shirt?       

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02043

Jul 31, 2012

How To: Make DIY Gradient Typographic Wall Art

created at: 07/27/2012

Wood.
It's my favorite material to work with, hands down. I love the way it makes my car smell when I bring it home from the lumberyard. I love that it goes from a roughly-textured square to any shape I can imagine, and unbelievably smooth when you sand it.

But the best part? Seeing the full character of the grain come through during that last step - finishing the wood with stain or oil. Not until you rub that rag over the surface does the wood truly come alive.   … read more

02049

Jul 31, 2012

How to: Five Commandments for Making Great Burgers at Home

created at: 04/16/2013

We're nearing August, and the whole northern hemisphere is well into prime grilling season. By this point, your grilling game is at its peak - you're well seasoned, and so are you grates. You've been trying a few recipes you've never done before, learning how to better control your fire, so now it's time to revisit a classic, and perfect the burger.   

created at: 07/30/2012

If you're gonna go through the effort of making burgers at home, make them amazing. Here's how:

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02045

Jul 27, 2012

How to: Make DIY Leather Drawer and Cabinet Pulls

Upgrade your cabinet or drawer pulls is a classic, inexpensive way to upgrade the look of your kitchen or a piece of used furniture. But it can also be a great solution to downgrade...unfreshen... warm up a piece for a more rustic, cabin look.     … read more

02042

Jul 26, 2012

11 Out-of-Style Trends You Should Phase Out of Your Wardrobe

It's easy to critique. Especially something that's obviously not a good choice, like an outdated shoe or non-flattering cut of clothing. But the real work comes with offering a solution - a constructive observation that provides a better solution than the one deemed immature, or which was simply bad idea in the first place.   … read more

02040

Jul 26, 2012

How to: Make Excellent Summer Iced Tea (Hint - Don't Use the Sun)

Ice tea is a summer classic, perfect for those sweltering days where another glass of water just won't do, but you definitely don't want to go thick and carbonated, like soft drinks, or move into cocktail territory just yet.

And the classic method for making it happen when it's hot? Why, the sun, which,… read more

02032

Jul 19, 2012

Fold Me You Will: Make an Origami Yoda from a Single Sheet of Paper

If the elementary school rumors are to be believed, it's only possible to fold a single sheet of paper a maximum of eight times. This fun origami project takes a solid eighty-two folds, and makes one seriously sweet little Jedi master that would look excellent perched on top of your desk, a shelf, or anywhere that needs a pop of handmade color.   … read more

02030

Jul 18, 2012

How to: Make Sriracha Lollipops

created at: 07/18/2012

Sriracha, that addictive blend of chiles, garlic, vinegar, and sweetness is experiencing a shot at ubiquity, and I couldn't be more thankful. It's good enough to eat out of the bottle...standing in front of your pantry...at 1:30 in the morning...squirted directily into your mouth. Or something.

But more excitingly, it's also now being incorporated… read more

02029

Jul 18, 2012

A Papercraft Cheeseburger

If last week's nearly 100% bacon burger was a little too intense (as it should have been), then allow us to step back in the other direction - an expertly crafted burger made exclusively from colored construction paper, complete with all the trimmings.   … read more

02028

Jul 18, 2012

How to: Create a Realistic Letterpress Effect Using Photoshop

Stock image site Shutterstock offers a helpful and in-depth tutorial for creating a realistic letter press effect on your digital images using Photoshop. I've seen several of these over the past few years, and this is, by far, the most effective and paper-texture like tutorial yet. It even has a technique for making embossed, non-inked designs, one of the hallmarks of great letterpress prints.   … read more

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