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Jan 31, 2011

22 Creative Ways to Reuse an Altoids Tin

created at: 01/31/2011

The Altoids tin is an absolute gold mine. Not only can you get an awesome little metal box for less than a dollar, it comes filled with free mints!

And as any DIYer, maker, or crafter can tell you, they're an absolutely brilliant resource for all types of creative… read more

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Jan 28, 2011

Behind-the-Scenes: The ManMade Office Gets a Makeover

created at: 01/28/2011

Six months ago, I left my then-current career to pursue creative work full-time. In doing so, I realized I probably needed an actual space beyond my couch to stay organized, and keep track of various projects, etc. So, for the last few months, I gave the spare bedroom in my house a 100% overhaul to become a functional craft studio and office.

Like a tour? Of course!… read more

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Jan 26, 2011

How To: Make Your Own Beard Beanie

created at: 01/26/2011

A few weeks ago, I shared Taraduff's incredible Etsy shop, which features these hilarious and very practical bearded stocking hats.

The ManMade community got plenty excited about them, so I was stoked to find an original tutorial that shows you how to make your… read more

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Jan 25, 2011

How To: Build a Mod, Floating Shelf

created at: 01/25/2011

I remember the first decidedly modern home I ever visited. Certainly, there were none in my hometown or among my family or parent's friends, so when we stepped into what I now know to be an Eichler-alike ranch in the Smokey Mountains, I was totally blown away. "This looks like the Jetsons!" I remarked, and while I have no idea who those people were, at age 6, I started to develop a taste for modernism.

The home of this mystery couple, who were someone my parents knew that had just recently moved, sported this amazing large floating shelf, which served as both storage and a room divider. So, from the very beginning, floating shelves =… read more

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Jan 24, 2011

How to: Make Pantone Chip Cookies

created at: 01/24/2011

The cookie is typically a rustic goodie. There are fancy pastry chefs who create works of art out of pulled sugar, gels, and ring molds, but the cookie typically maintains a more rustic appeal.

Until… read more

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Jan 24, 2011

How To: Make a DIY Rubber Band Rifle

created at: 01/24/2011

I have a bit of a conundrum: I'm really uncomfortable with guns. I only shot one once, when I was 23, at a friend's farm. With all the proper safety precautions, he taught me a bit about shooting clay pigeons, launched one into the air, and I actually hit it.

And that was enough. I never want to shoot, or even touch, a gun again. 

And yet, I love to throw, fling, and launch stuff at my friends.… read more

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Jan 18, 2011

How To: Make an Industrial Chic Lamp from Pipe Fittings

created at: 01/15/2011

Over the last few months, I've seen several sets of super cool lights created from plumbing parts at always reliable sites like Design Milk and Boing Boing. In the midst of redoing my own office, I realized I needed a desk lamp to shed a little extra light on smaller tasks. I went to the office supply and home furnishing stores, but I couldn't find anything that'd work. So, I recalled the pipe fitting lamp I'd seen, and decided to make my own.… read more

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Jan 17, 2011

Make a Stackable Lunch Box from Recycled Cans

created at: 01/17/2011

According to Lunchboxes.com, a tiffin box is for a "Tiffin," a "lunch, or any light meal. It originated in British India, and is today found primarily in Indian English. The word originated when Indian custom superseded the British practice of an afternoon dinner, leading to a new word for the afternoon meal. 

The stacked design corresponds to exactly how I love to eat lunch: a little serving of lots of stuff,… read more

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Jan 17, 2011

100 Exceptionally Cool Free Papercraft Models and Toys

created at: 01/17/2011

In response to our snow-filled declaration of Paper Day last week, ManMade reader Stephanie email me to share this awesome roundup of 100 papercraft templates available for a free… read more

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Jan 17, 2011

The Beginner's Guide to Beards

created at: 01/17/2011

We at ManMade are big fans of beards, and as such, realize that sporting one is way more than just not shaving.

So, we love Valet magazine's "Beginners Guide to Beards" which contains helpful, real advice for managing facial hair of all sorts of lengths.

A seriously… read more

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Jan 11, 2011

How To: Fold a Paper Wallet

It's official: I'm declaring today, Tuesday, January 11th 2011, Paper Day! Most of the country is under a winter storm advisory, so lots of us are stuck inside, eating from the fridge and looking for something to do. Since you might not be able to get out of the house and pick up supplies for a large scale DIY project, we'll be offering four sweet and FREE how-to or printable projects to keep you busy.

created at: 01/11/2011

Paper Day, Part 4: Fold a Paper Wallet

Guess what I… read more

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Jan 11, 2011

Free Moravian Star Cut-out

It's official: I'm declaring today, Tuesday, January 11th 2011, Paper Day! Most of the country is under a winter storm advisory, so lots of us are stuck inside, eating from the fridge and looking for something to do. Since you might not be able to get out of the house and pick up supplies for a large scale DIY project, we'll be offering four sweet and FREE how-to or printable projects to keep you busy.

created at: 01/11/2011

Paper Day, Part 3: Moravian Star

A Moravian star is a popular Advent and Christmas decoration in Germany. They originated as a geometry lesson, but eventually became adapted by the Moravian Church as a holiday symbol. [… read more

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Jan 11, 2011

How To: Fold a $5 Bill to Give Lincoln a Baseball Cap

It's official: I'm declaring today, Tuesday, January 11th 2011, Paper Day! Most of the country is under a winter storm advisory, so lots of us are stuck inside, eating from the fridge and looking for something to do. Since you might not be able to get out of the house and pick up supplies for a large scale DIY project, we'll be offering four sweet and FREE how-to or printable projects to keep you busy.

created at: 01/11/2011

Paper Day, Part 1: Lincoln Gets a Cap

Hilarious and seemingly easy instructions to turn Honest Abe into a true b-boy. Once here's there, you could turn him into a puppet for an impromptu performance, or whip out your camera for a quick-and-easy stop motion… read more

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Jan 07, 2011

How To: Winterize Your Bike to Ride in the Snow

created at: 01/07/2011

Outside, the ground has been covered in snow since our first fall back in December, and its still falling. Which means my bicycle's been in the garage for six weeks, and I'm getting a little antsy. And the recumbent exercise bike just isn't cutting… read more

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Jan 07, 2011

Papercraft Andy Warhol [Free Download]

created at: 01/07/2011

Matt Hawkins created this incredible, and free!, Andy Warhol papercraft template, which you can download and fold up yourself!

Who wouldn't want one of these? Heading to my printer to plug in… read more

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Jan 07, 2011

How To: Make a Moorish-Inspired Mathematical Lamp

created at: 01/07/2011

Traveling through Morocco and southern Spain, Stregoi fell in love with the Moorish patterns and mosaic that characterize the architecture and spaces

So, he created this amazing pendant lamp inspired by these patterns, and shares his templates so you can make one of… read more

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Jan 06, 2011

Home Hacks: 12 Cool Things To Do with Your Microwave

created at: 01/06/2011

Microwaves are those things that you don't know you need unless you don't have it. When my last one stopped functioning, I figured "I'll save the counter space. I don't need to replace that."

But, I'm always in the habit of making a little bit more at dinner for lunch the next day. And, I spend whole weekends making five or six batches of soup to freeze to have around for cold winter days. And sooner, or later, I bought a new microwave.

And, now, having discovered these twelve cool tricks, I'm pretty… read more

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Jan 06, 2011

Don't Shave Postcards and Softie Beards

created at: 01/06/2011

Perhaps you know someone planning to grow some epic facial hair in 2011. Or maybe you yourself need a bit of encourage to keep your hands off that Mach-3. Or, maybe you're a long time beard haver who just want to spread the gospel of whiskers.

Whatever the situation, you need to nab some of these "Don't Shave" postcards from Etsy seller I Made You a Beard. They're hand printed using vintage wooden letterpress type, and come on a nice rustic recycled kraft paper cardstock.

I Made You a Beard also sells these awesome felt and yarn… read more

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Jan 05, 2011

How to Make DIY Typographic Mugs

created at: 01/05/2011

I'm thankful I don't have a caffeine addiction. I really like coffee, and tea, (and, unfortunately, Coca Cola, but I try to avoid it the best I can), but promised myself I would never get in the habit of it defining my morning. 

But, I get it, especially in January. A warm, complex beverage to wrap your hands around, and savor. And I think it'd be even better enjoyed in a handmade, customized mug.

So, I kinda love this project by Design Mom. Like, love it a lot. Like, wish I'd known about those porcelain markers so I coulda come up with it myself. Cause if I had, this is exactly what I'd make… read more

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Jan 04, 2011

How To: Make DIY Shrinky Dinks

created at: 01/04/2011

I know it sounds weird, but over the holidays, I needed to use Shrinky Dinks for one of my gifts. See, I got my sweetheart a vacation, but you can't really wrap that up and put it under the tree. Plus, even if I put the travel arrangements in a box, that's only one gift, and not how I do things.

So, I came up with a series of clues and hints to slowly unveil what the ultimate present would be. Anyway, for one of them, I needed to make a Shrinky Dink.

I actually know how to make Shrinky Dinks, cause my science teacher parents always made us make our own instead of getting the cool California Raisin or Thundercats ones from the store. Which was pretty annoying when I was a kid, but kinda… read more

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