Man Made DIY


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Jan 21, 2014

DIY Idea: Make These Simple Rustic Wooden Crates to Use...Everywhere

This simple wooden box is part of the Crate series by London designer Jasper Morrison. It's made of Douglas fir and, as the designer suggests, "is suited to many applications such as a bedside table, storage or occasional… read more

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Jan 20, 2014

Hand Sewn: Artist Embroiders Portraits into His Own Skin

I remember when I got my first splinter. We were camping, and I picked it up from an old, weather-worn picnic table. I ran to my mom, who immediately began to ask around for a needle. "A needle?" I thought. "For… read more

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Jan 17, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Wooden "Viking" Beer Mug...No Power Tools Required

Sometimes a pint glass'll do...and sometimes, your beer (or grog...or mead) needs to be sipped from a genuine, rough hewn wooden mug, made with nothing but a hatchet and a… read more

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Jan 17, 2014

The Science Behind the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

This weekend is shaping up to be another cold and blustery, snow-filled couple of days. The kinda weekend where you never manage to actually put on shoes, cause there's no way you're going outside. The kind of weekend where you take on an indoor project with all kinds of immediate rewards...like perfecting the ultimate chocolate chip… read more

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Jan 17, 2014

How to: Make a Super Easy DIY Floor Shelf

DIY book shelf

Use your magazines to stack...more magazines. How… read more

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Jan 16, 2014

A Sharp Office Makeover, Complete with a DIY Retractable Standing Desk (IKEA Hack)

created at: 01/16/2014

Brooklyn-based artist, designer, and tinkerer Kelli Anderson had an amazing studio/office space with lots of useable work surfaces...which were ever topped and filled with clutter and creative detritus. So, she decided to trade in her classic door-and-filing-cabinet combo of a desk for a proper, organized… read more

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Jan 14, 2014

Idea to Steal: Use Firewood as Decor

created at: 01/13/2014

Simple idea, tons of… read more

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Jan 14, 2014

How to: Make a Simple Wooden Bow Tie

created at: 01/14/2014

This wouldn't be the first time we've featured a wooden bow tie tutorial on ManMade, but this how-to is certainly the simplest, and perhaps the most stylish as… read more

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Jan 14, 2014

Making a DIY Scroll Saw from a Vintage Sewing Machine

created at: 05/28/2013

Simon had a sewing machine. A well-built, vintage Brother - built, as he says, "to survive an atomic attack. Everything is shiny stainless steel or molded aluminum."

created at: 01/14/2014

But Simon didn't really need a sewing machine. He needed a scroll saw. Guess where this is… read more

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Jan 13, 2014

Check It Out: Ernest Hemingway's Personal Burger Recipe

created at: 01/13/2014

Of course Ernest Hemingway had a favorite burger recipe. Guy was pretty opinated, enjoyed the simple things, and certainly celebrated a "hands on" lifestyle. What's interesting… read more

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Jan 13, 2014

How to: Super Simple, Rustic Dish Towels

Look - there's nothing acceptable about a dirty kitchen...or a bare one, for that matter. This rustic, organic dish towel project is super simple basic sewing project that'll give your kitchen some serious… read more

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Jan 10, 2014

Weekend Project: How to Make a Custom Knife from Scratch

Kitchen knives, pocket knives, craft knives....a creative guy simply has to cut stuff up on the regular. Here's the ManMade list of the nine knives every man should own, but if you're interested in crafting your own from raw materials, it's actual relatively straightforward and requires fewer tools than you might think.… read more

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Jan 08, 2014

How to: Make Whiskey Sriracha Caramel Popcorn

Look, on another day, I'd try to come up with some clever intro, talking about classic flavor combinations and different textures, or some other such goodness. But today, I'm just gonna dive in: this is a recipe for whiskey sriracha caramel popcorn. It's got smoky scotch whiskey, and a balance of heat and sweet, and I can't wait to make some at home this weekend.   

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Jan 07, 2014

I Made This: A Wooden Cheeseburger (Free Downloads Inside)

created at: 01/07/2014

A few Christmases ago, when I first got my band saw, I made my [now] wife this wooden cheeseburger for her office desk. The whole thing was made from old wooden flooring and other scraps, and each of the colors comes from the natural wood tones of a variety of… read more

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Jan 07, 2014

How to: Make a Custom Leather Briefcase from Scratch (with a Secret Stash Pocket)

Phiske, a leather craftsman and the artist behind Cachicamo Leather Works, details the steps towards making this beautiful, custom leather briefcase that is certain to last a few lifetimes. The best part? The design includes a hidden compartment in the bottom for your extra valuables and/or secret spy… read more

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Jan 06, 2014

How to: Make Frozen Bubbles

created at: 01/06/2014It's cold today. Like, extra special cold. Where I live, it's the coldest it's been in twenty years, and the same records are being broken all over the United States and Canada. 

Cold enough that most of us could try out this project from Washington-based photographer Andrea Kelly: frozen… read more

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Dec 19, 2013

How to: Make DIY Instagram Coasters with Your Own Photos

DIY Instagram coasters

This holiday season, I wanted to give my friends and family a customized gift with some personality. So, using nothing but our own photos and a few crafty tools, I came up with this coaster project which is super fun, super inexpensive, plenty easy, and you can dial it in perfectly for each person on your list - just raid their Instagram or social media accounts!

Let's… read more

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Dec 17, 2013

Holiday Guide: Last Minute Things Before Hibernation

credit: MMortah [http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmortah/8395365738/]

Freaking out because you haven't finished everything you need to do on your list? No worries! We have some last minute tips for… read more

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Dec 16, 2013

The Largest True Color Photo of Space....Was Shot by an Amateur

This 360 degree panorama of the night sky wasn't shot by a satellite or a high-powered telescope. It was (simply?) stitched together from 37,000 images by amateur photographer, Nick… read more

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Dec 12, 2013

Holiday Entertaining 101: A Guy's Guide to Celebrating the Season

created at: 12/11/2013

Even with all the commercialism, the chaos, and the over-sentimentality, this season really is the most wonderful time of the year. The holidays provide an opportunity to get intentional - to reach out to others, to make gifts and special food, to wish "Season's Greetings" to a stranger that you'd have otherwise ignored.… read more

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