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Aug 19, 2010

Needle-Felted Explosives: They're the Bomb!

created at: 08/19/2010

We can't think of anything better than scary things rendered into softy form. Flickr user Kerstin made these needle felted plushies in the form of a stick of dynamite and a bomb. We're especially digging on the colored roving used to indicate eminent explosion.

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Aug 16, 2010

How To: Turn Old Paperbacks into Custom Hardback Books

The best books are those that aren't in display condition - cause they've actually been read, loved, and well-worn. But, of course, showing off the books you don't like is, just, well...weird.

So, get hip to this cool trick from OhDeeOh - recovering your favorite paperbacks with custom-designed artwork, which is, as we see it,… read more

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Aug 12, 2010

How To: DIY Rearview Mirror Spy Sunglasses

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EVERY year, in the fall, my elementary school held fundraisers; with promises of mountain bikes and Gameboys and squirtguns. My goals were always less lofty: a simple $100 could knab you a pair of rearview mirror spy glasses, allowing the wearer to secretly observe all the confidential, super secret espionage happening on the playground. I never quite made it to $100 worth of wrapping paper and crappy chocolate.

So, these DIY spy glasses have a special place in my heart, and I'm totally making some...like, tonight. " These are super quick and easy to make, you’ll need a glue gun and cut-able plastic mirror sheets which you can pick… read more

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Aug 11, 2010

How To: Make Your Own Corn Cob Pipe

First things first: ManMade does not condone, support, or encourage smoking of any kind. In fact, we find it entirely irrational in 2010, and encourages everyone to take good care of themselves. Still, these are pretty cool, and a fun skill to learn. Cause we do get it; we just think sucking some corn-scented air is plenty enough fun.

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Aug 05, 2010

How To: Make a Fluorescent Floor Lamp

created at: 08/05/2010

Few things inspire me more than a modern design product constructed entirely out of easy-to-find parts from the local hardware store.

This standing floor lamp is a perfect example: off-the-rack worklights from the home center, arranged and installed with just a bit of effort, resulting in a huge… read more

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Aug 05, 2010

Craft Fail: A Total Family Knitmare

created at: 08/05/2010

Full length body suits are totally terrifying when worn by couples, but it turns out, when a family's involved, one only needs handmade yarn mask to induce nightmares.

Please, note the pie, the bowtie, and the matching white shirts. And we dare not guess what the daughter does in her spare… read more

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Aug 04, 2010

How To: Craft Some DIY Skull Dishes

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Whether the skull-and-crossbone motif atop these craftily stenciled plates make you question the poison-content of your meal, or just indicate some badass culinary work coming out of your kitchen, we just think these are plain cool. They're stenciled with fabric or lace to create a geometric pattern, and then embedded with a toner image that's sealed on.

And the best part - you can choose to use whatever image you can get into your computer and onto paper via a laser… read more

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Jul 22, 2010

How To: Make a Felt Wine Rack from a Mailing Tube

created at: 07/22/2010

Kate and I seem to have the same problem - extreme procrastination when it comes to framing artwork... And by extreme, I mean upwards of a decade, like so long, the print seems tirelessly outdate.

But here's a bit of motivation - once you actually get the art on the wall, you're can make something sweet out of the mailing tube. Like, perhaps enlist the help of some bold duct tape and felt, and create a wine rack you'll be proud to leave out to display, even if your vintage is more supermarket than sommelier.   

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Jul 21, 2010

How To: Build a Mid-Century Inspired Wireless Audio System

The mission? Make a moveable, wireless audio speaker system that can be controlled by an iPhone and blends seamlessly into an impeccably curated mid-century modern decor.

Mission accomplished. Joel Pirela created a custom wood cabinet that sits atop a Tulip-style base (from an old Bose 901 speaker), and can be used anywhere close to a power outlet. The cabinet houses a computer speaker system and an Apple Airport Extreme, which streams iTunes wirelessly to any location. The outside is covered with a speaker grill attached with magnets, and an inexpensive walnut… read more

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Jul 21, 2010

Make Cold-Brewed Ice Tea in the Fridge

created at: 07/21/2010

When I was a kid, my parents always made iced tea in this vintage sun tea jar, complete with big 70s yellow poppies and a broken spigot. I never really realized what they were doing by sitting that thing on the back porch...besides making us chase extra fast to grab missed catches and tags during our neighborhood kickball game.

It's a pretty clever idea, the sun tea...when its this hot outside, the last thing you want to do is boil a big kettle of water and cool it down for hours to make a cold drink. But know what's even awesome-r, and quicker? Simply making great ice tea in your refrigerator… read more

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Jul 19, 2010

BigDog: The Car-Crushing DIY Bicycle Monster Truck

created at: 07/19/2010

Any urban cyclist can tell you - even the smallest, two-door coupes can seem monstrous while they're three inches from your handlebars and whizzing past you at forty-five mph.

So, the possibility of this 600-pound, four-person-powered bicycle (quadcycle?) that can roll over a car is certainly...interesting.

The Big Dog is "a wonderfully impractical assemblage of bicycle, go-cart, and golf-cart pieces and parts, drainage pipe, steel tubing, and patio chairs. This four-wheel vehicle allows four passengers to travel in minor discomfort at speeds approaching a brisk walk, for relatively short distances, on completely flat… read more

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Jul 14, 2010

The Perfect Pour - An Infographic for Any Coffee Drinker

created at: 07/14/2010

Design studio Plaid has created this mod infographic illustrating perfect coffee drink recipes. Click through for a full sized, printable… read more

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Jul 12, 2010

How To: Tie a Traditional Necktie into a Bow Tie, No Cutting or Sewing Required

created at: 07/12/2010

I don't own any bow ties (heck, I hardly own any normal ties), but I'm a bit curious to know what I'd look like in one. Orville Redenbacher or Kanye? PeeWee Herman or this precious hipster?

But, again, I don't own a bow tie, and short of buying one just to experiment, I guess I'll never know.

Or, perhaps i will. Turns out, you can indeed tie a traditional, long necktie into a bow tie. My bet is that a skinnier tie made of light fabric will work best, to compensate for the extra length, but the end results look pretty… read more

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Jun 30, 2010

DIY Customized Concrete Bookends

Concrete Bookends

Last week was my birthday, and I vowed to do three things at twenty-eight - learn to make great Thai food at home, become at least moderately proficient in Adobe Illustrator, and learn to make stuff from concrete.

I've been meaning to, and I've played a bit with it for outside stuff, but I just haven't found a great way to apply it to something small-scale.

But, having seen these cool DIY concrete bookends, I think I've found my project.

First, they're bookends, and who doesn't need more of those. Second, they use tiny found objects as reliefs or ornaments. The article's author, Benita, opted for a serif-y, Roman B, but… read more

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Jun 25, 2010

Ultimate Napping: A How-To Guide

http://www.toonpool.com/user/648/files/zzz_hammock_150145.jpgWhether you opt for the post-work siesta, the late morning catch-up, or the classic Sunday afternoon in a hammock, don't hide your napping tendencies. The mid-day nap is scheduled into the daily life of many cultures, and it's routine for most other mammals.

But, if you're gonna take the time to do it, you might as well make sure its efficient. Thankfully, Psychology Today has created the ultimate "snore-by-snore guide to the most efficient, most effective naptime… read more

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Jun 22, 2010

How To: Play the Vuvuzela

For the last two weeks, the vuvuzela has been all over the news, social networks, and blogosphere. And if they're not already available at your local discount store, they're gonna be. Soon. Guaranteed.

And you're either gonna be that guy with the vuvuzela, or the friend of that guy. Either way, you might as well learn how to actually play it… read more

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Jun 21, 2010

How To: Super Easy and Strong DIY Bike Stands

created at: 06/02/2010

Like all things with moving parts, bicycles need maintained, adjusted, and repaired. But to work on something whose very job is to move foward, you've gotta get it off the road and into the air in order to assess your good work.

So, here's a collection of DIY bike stands that you can trust to get your cycle at working height, and make sure it stays there.

DIY Bicycle Repair Stand

Here's an option using 1/2" galvanized pipe

Adjustable & Portable Bicycle Stand

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Jun 16, 2010

ManMade Video: How to Make the Ultimate Pair of Bike Pants for Urban Cycling

 

created at: 06/16/2010

Agreed:  there's plenty of expensive bicycling clothing out there, designed for aerodynamics and for staying out of the way while peddling. But many of us use our bikes for much more than recreation and racing...namely, from getting from one place to another. So, here are several ways to customize an existing pair of pants for maximum usefulness while cycling, but which you can still wear once you've arrived at your… read more

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Jun 14, 2010

How To: Build a Desktop Zen Garden

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When I need a break from work, I tend to go for today's crossword puzzle, but I certainly appreciate the daydream-inducing liltiness of keeping a mini zen garden on one's desk.

Instructable author Obbitz has created one of the finest DIY zen garden options that'll inspire you to keep your desk clear. It's created from scrap wood and a bit of glue, and filled with ordinary sand and… read more

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Jun 09, 2010

ManMade in the Current Issue of SewHip Magazine!

created at: 06/09/2010

SewHip - "The UK's No. 1 Sewing Magazine" has an article called "Men Do It Too!" in their current issue (no. 17), featuring two male crafters and bloggers, Paul from Dudecraft and yours truly. The five page spread features lots of ManMade original projects and photos, including several from Make It! Mid-Century Modern, the circuit board picture frame, the free Happiness is a Warm Glue Gun poster, and the mid-century birdhouse: created at: 06/09/2010

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