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May 02, 2012

How to: Make a Puzzle from an Apple

created at: 05/02/2012

When you work from home, you look forward to little things that help break the day up: the mailman coming, the tornado siren test on Wednesdays at noon, the kids skipping along the sidewalk walking home when school lets out, and, most importantly, snack time. Often, it's just a handful of nuts, a bit of leftovers, but usually, a simple piece of fruit.

Which, after I saw this video last week, I've been turning into puzzles. Every… read more

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May 02, 2012

How to: Make Salted Margarita Cream Popsicles (with Tequila!)

created at: 05/02/2012

There's an ice cream shop in my neighborhood with a "margarita sorbet." I tried it once. By "margarita," they mean lime. Perhaps a bit of orange...but basically only one of the essential flavors that make this classic cocktail continue to stick around.

This recipe for salted margarita cream pops, on the other hand, has all the goods: lime, yes, but also plenty of tequila and salt.

It's May 2nd today, so you've got a cool three days to whip these up for Cinco… read more

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Apr 23, 2012

How To: The $5.00 DIY Pizza Oven

created at: 04/23/2012

There's a very good reason the pizza from your local, independent place tastes better than what most of us can turn out at home: the crust. Even with the perfect sauce, the best dough, and an amazing mix of toppings, lots of homemade pizzas come out too thick, too soft, and too soggy. See, commercial pizza ovens can reach temperatures in excess of 1000°F, providing that crisp, cracker-like crust that makes pizza so special in the first… read more

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Apr 23, 2012

DIY Idea: Wood Slice Wall Art

created at: 04/21/2012

Looking to spice up your living room walls on a budget? Well I cam across Debra Pagel's wood slice wall sculptures on Etsy and thought to myself, "Wow that's really cool stuff. And that's actually something I could make!" It's not often that such realizations come to me (my tiny NYC apartment isn't exactly conducive to many sculpture… read more

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Apr 19, 2012

How to: Make a Cruelty-Free Wooden Deer Head

created at: 04/19/2012

ManMade reader William an I have a lot in common: a love for crafting with power tools, a desire to reuse and repurpose scrap, and the goal of enjoying the trappings of classic "masculine" things like the mounted deer head, without.... you know, having to kill… read more

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Apr 18, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Skinny Tie from Scratch

created at: 04/18/2012

Of all the potential man crafts, the handmade neck tie is one of my favorites. It combines everything that ManMade stands for: it's made by hand, it's something you can use everyday, it's decidely cheaper than buying one at the store, and it's uniquely… read more

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Apr 18, 2012

How to: Make a Watermelon Keg

Fruit salad stashed from a hollowed out watermelon is one thing, but a tasty, booze-y libation served from a watermelon keg is a whole 'nother thing… read more

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Apr 18, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: April 18, 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.

The Collective Snapshot by Pep Ventosa is a series of images that “blend together dozens of snapshots to create an abstraction of the places we’ve been and the things we’ve… read more

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Apr 16, 2012

How to: Make a Vintage-y Screen Printed Banner in Adobe Illustrator

created at: 04/15/2012

created at: 04/15/2012

Today's lesson, class, is how to make the vintage-y, screen print-style banner at the top of this post. I created the banner in Adobe Illustrator and then brought it over to Photoshop to add some texture. This post, however, will just focus on what I did in Illustrator. If you're interested in learning how to add textures to your vector graphics, check out this post I wrote a while… read more

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Apr 16, 2012

30 Alternatives to the Traditional Nightstand

The nightstand or bedside table is an essential. Regardless of how minimalist-y you live, everyone needs a place to store a few essentials: your alarm clock, your glasses, a glass of water, some books and magazines. Except, it's pretty rare, at least among young adults, to have a pair that actually match your bed as set. So, you've gotta find ones that are similar in wood tone and details and hardware and trim...or you can just skip the traditional nightstand altogether, and opt for one of these alternatives… read more

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Apr 13, 2012

How to Start a Fire: By Hand, No Matches

created at: 04/16/2013

Honestly, it just seems like something a guy should know how to do.

created at: 04/13/2012

You can imagine the scenarios: extra-minimalist camping… read more

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Apr 13, 2012

Free DIY Plans: Simple Plywood Table and Bench

created at: 04/13/2012

Dutch designer Marjan Verboeket created free plans for this simple, rustic table and stackable bench. Constructed from an inexpensive single 8x4' sheet of plywood, you can have all the pieces cut to size at the hardware store, and assemble it at home with a few nails and glue.

The seats slide under the table for storage, making this a great… read more

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Apr 12, 2012

How to: Coffee-Stained iPad Smart Cover

Simeon from Two Lives Left just snagged a new iPad 3, and with it, a warm leather smart cover. He says, "I’m not too careful with my cover. I chose the leather cover thinking the more scuffed and damaged it got, the better. I wanted it to look worn. Unfortunately after only two weeks of use it did start to look worn — on one side only."

The asymmetry simply wouldn't do for Simeon, so he decided to give his leather the worn-in look he was hoping it'd develop. So, he stained it.… read more

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Apr 11, 2012

DIY Idea: Simple Scrap Wood and Bent Nail Bottle Opener

created at: 04/11/2012

Pop quiz time! There are six types of simple machines that have been identified for the last four hundred years. How many can you… read more

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Apr 10, 2012

5 Commandments of Making Great Sandwiches

created at: 04/16/2013

You've heard the worn-out phrase "the greatest thing since sliced bread." But, really, this overused comment only highlights a deeper observation; that being, why sliced bread is such a great invention in the first place.created at: 04/10/2012
It is, of course, because sliced bread leads to sandwiches. They are, perhaps, Western culture's greatest culinary achievement, named after an aristocratic gambler, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who requested that his valet bring him his meat tucked between two slices of bread so that he could continue to eat while playing cards, without getting his cards greasy or put them down to dine.

Whether that story is true or not, no one can deny the magic of combining baked grains with other food stuffs to create a portable, all-in-one-bite package. Nearly every Western culture has its variation: the pizza, the taco, the flatbread wrap, so one thing's for sure: the combo of a grain-based dough, some meat and veggies, a little sauce, maybe a bit of cheese, is better than simply sliced bread. It's the greatest thing in the world.  … read more

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Apr 09, 2012

Embroidered Mixed Media Collages by Jose Romussi

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 04/09/2012

Jose Romussi is a Chilean artist who creates these stunning mixed media collages using vintage photographs and thread.

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Apr 09, 2012

How to: Make Guinness Barbecue Sauce

created at: 04/09/2012

With record temperatures in most of the U.S. in March, we're well into grilling season. Which means it's time to move beyond the "we're just thankful that we can fire it up again" stage to start trying new things for the season.

Enter: Guinness barbecue… read more

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Apr 06, 2012

How to: Make Healthy DIY Fruit Roll-Ups

created at: 04/06/2012

Do you remember when you were a kid, and your friend's houses always seemed to have snacks that your parents never bought? For me, it was Capri Sun, frozen pizza, and Fruit Roll-Ups. I mean, yeah, I guess I appreciate my parents watching out for our health growing up, but boy, what I wouldn't have given for just one of those sweet, spiraly chewies after a day playing in the sun. Especially those ones that had the tongue tattoos! Oh man, remember?

In my late twenties, I still have a soft spot for those indulgences, and I've been known to sneak a box of Bagel Bites into the grocery cart. And my favorite thing to eat while on a road trip? Fruit leather, which is basically the grown-up version of a Fruit… read more

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Apr 05, 2012

How to: Make All-American Bottle Cap Wall Art

created at: 04/05/2012

On their own, bottle caps are tiny little works of art: circular canvases that conveys a beverage's message almost as directly as its flavor. It's no wonder that folks have been collecting these unique expressions for as long as crown cork cap has been around.

So, since its sort of a shame to throw them away, don't. Start saving them, get a few from your friends and family, make friends with a bartender, and resurrect them into some topographic wall… read more

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Apr 04, 2012

How to: Sharpen a Pencil...Like a Champ!

created at: 04/04/2012

"Just because something makes you smile or laugh ... doesn't mean it's a joke."

Word to the skeptical: don't be. Artisinal pencil sharpening is a very real thing. You may have heard of David Rees, a political cartoonist who also runs ArtisinalPencilSharpening.com, a site where you can send in a pencil (or David can provide one) and he'll sharpen it by hand, for $15.00.

Now, David has released a book How To Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants (with a forward by John Hodgman), and is currently on tour with workshops and sharpening services, often on the same bill as some awesome comedians.

If you get the idea of a hand sharpened pencil, but aren't quite down to pay $15.00 for the service, David has graciously provided his technique. For free.

It's the kind of… read more

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