Man Made DIY


Feb 16, 2012

How to: Make Kimchi - An Easy, At Home Recipe

created at: 02/16/2012

Over the last few years, I've become fascinated with fermentation. I love the idea that you can purposefully use little microbes to make food taste awesome, and that many foodstuffs are actually only possible by can actually encouraging bacteria and yeasts to grow in your food. 

Nothing represents naturally fermented foods like kimchi, the family of fermented vegetable pickles from Korea. The most familiar is napa cabbage kimchi, or baechu, which is quite easy to make at home using mostly supermarket ingredients and a few Asian specialities. It's loads of fun, requires no canning equipment or special yeasts, and can be made easily in your home kitchen. If you've got a batch of kimchi in the fridge, you've got dinner.

Wanna make some? Let's!   … read more


Feb 16, 2012

How to: Make a Penny Desk!

created at: 02/16/2012

I've long admired this floor tiled with pennies, and prayed for the guts to create a similar installation in my house. First step: save some pennies. Second step: buy a house. Until then, I might try the technique on something a little less permanent, like a tabletop...or my desk!    … read more


Feb 15, 2012

How to: Create a Home Bar from a Vintage Television

The visual appeal of this killer vintage Silvertone television is obvious, but even if it did work, it likely would be rather tough to watch when the average mobile phone has a better resolution, and get likely get more channels.

So, when Dylan and Bethany stumbled across it in a secondhand shop, they took it home, and did what anyone might. They built a bar out of it.   … read more


Feb 14, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Citrus Peel Candle

Perhaps you're staying in tonight, cooking dinner with your significant someone, and you're interested in making the table just-that-much-more special. Or maybe you'll be hosting a dinner party soon, and you really wanna impress your guests. Or, and most likely, you've looked at citrus peel and said, "This smells really good. I should make something with it."   … read more


Feb 13, 2012

How to: Stamp Your Own Message on Conversation Hearts

Unless your seven years old, and presenting a gift to that classmate you have a crush on, you not gonna get away with a generic box o' candy this year. (If you are seven years old and giving candy to a crush, you're a total stud, and thanks for reading ManMade).

But playing with the classic treat and getting a personalized message with a handmade custom set of conversation hearts? It can get no better.   … read more


Feb 13, 2012

How to: Make a Custom DIY Scratch-Off Photo Valentine

If you're going to send a Valentine this year, I say: make it a memorable one. Do something extra so that it actually engages its recipient, instead of being opened and placed atop the rest of the mail.

Like...say, make 'em do a little extra work to even get to see it? Cause admit it, even when junk mail has scratch-offs, you totally go looking for a quarter.   … read more


Feb 10, 2012

Free Download: "Breaking Bad" Paper Dolls

Yo, yo, yo! 148-3 to the 3 to the 6 to the 9, representing the ABQ!

Kyle Hilton, the artist who brought us the amazing Arrested Development paper dolls, is back with his latest collection - Breaking Bad!

Leave it at the tone.   … read more


Feb 09, 2012

How to: Dress for a Date...Like You Know What You're Doing

created at: 04/16/2013

With Valentine's Day occurring in the middle of next week, many couples will be headed out this weekend to celebrate. Whether such plans are on your radar, or you're generally interested in looking snazzy without seeming like you just came from a sales meeting, we thought we'd share some basic ideas and tips to, well, nail it.  

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Feb 08, 2012

Guess the Process: Phil Cuttance's Faceted Lamps & Vases

created at: 02/08/2012

Phil Cuttance's Faceture series is incredible to simply look at, but learning how they're created is even more facetnating. (See what I did there?)

Cuttance creates each piece… read more


Feb 06, 2012

How to: Barrel-Age Your Own Cocktails for $10

If you're not aware, the reason that aged spirits - such as bourbon and scotch whiskeys, reposado and añejo tequilas, brandy, dark rum, sherry, and even some wines and vinegars - are smoky and aromatic and, well, tasty, is due to a traditional aging in charred (or "toasted") oak barrels. The water content will absorb the flavors in the wood, such as such as vanillin and wood tannins, as well as the smoky flavors from contact with the wood.

The trend of barrel-aging whole cocktails has emerged among mixologists (likely attributed to expert Jeffrey Morganthaler), and in the absence of your own tiny casks, you can aged your own "white" cocktails for a mere $10 investment.   … read more


Feb 03, 2012

How to: Make Typographic Paper Cut Art

At first glance, this fun DIY project might seem pretty straightforward: You type some stuff on a piece of paper, print it out, then cut it with a craft knife.

And then you realize, if you tried that, you've ruined it before you even finish the first letter, because it's impossible to cut things out and have them still be stuck together in a single sheet...

Unless, of course, you know what you're doing.   … read more


Feb 02, 2012

How to: 5 Tips for Getting Great Bokeh

If you don't know "bokeh" as a vocabulary word, you certainly know their effect: the attractive blurry, bubbley thing that happens to lights in photographs (and movies) with a shallow depth-of-field. In out-of-focus areas, each point of light takes on the shape of the aperture, most often a round disc. 

You can actually take advantage of this distortion, to produce these circles on purpose...which can look pretty great.   … read more


Feb 01, 2012

The Most Perfect Technique for Making Popcorn at Home

created at: 02/01/2012

If you go to any high-end kitchen shop and general goods discount store, you'll find any number of dedicated popcorn popping devices. Handle-cranked special pans, air poppers, campfire shakers, motorized stirrers, microwave options, and even tiny versions of carnival/movie theater style hopper poppers. (Isn't that fun to say?)

Turns out, their all unnecessary, and a waste of money and storage space. Cause the best way to pop corn at home, avoiding burning and popping every kernel, is likely already in your kitchen.   … read more


Jan 31, 2012

How to: Make DIY Record Crates (from Scratch!)

Physical music media have gone through a curious century. The vinyl album dominated for nearly 75 years, than gave way to a ten-year success of the cassette, which was left behind by the CD, with all the 8-tracks and mini-discs and other less successful technologies mixed in. And now, at least among those who are serious about music - a mix of the two extremes: digital, either as actual files or subscribed up the in cloud somewhere, and the original vinyl LP, still reknowned for its warm fideiity and large cover art.

Of course, modern furniture isn't built to house LP collections. They don't fit in contemporary milk crates, and most of those little flatpack cube-storage units are just a half-inch too small. So, it's time to build your own.   … read more


Jan 30, 2012

How to: Make a Peanut Butter Cheeseburger

created at: 01/30/2012

Fifteen years ago, I first heard about peanut butter cheeseburgers, and I assumed it had to be a joke. I was at a sports bar in my hometown in Iowa that had this vile sounding concoction on the menu and my friends were adamant that I would love it.

So I ordered it, and immediately fell in love. And I've been eating them ever since.

Now whenever I tell people about this delicacy, the reactions I get tend towards the intense. But believe mepeanut butter cheeseburgers are amazing. The sweet, gooey peanut butter compliments the savory burger patty perfectly, and believe it or not, the ketchup and mustard mixed in there makes for a perfectly heavenly bite. 

If there is ever a reason to cite the "don't knock it 'til you've tried it" trope, this is the one.

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Jan 30, 2012

Shwood and Huf Make Cool Sunglasses from Recycled Skateboards

Shwood, makers of handcrafted wooden sunglasses, teamed up with San Francisco clothing company Huf to spend a day skateboarding through downtown Los Angeles. When one rider broke his deck, the Shwood craftsmen took the trashed plywood, laminated up, and created these amazing recycled skateboard-version of their awesome sunglasses design.

They film the whole process, showing how these beautiful pieces are glued up and made by hand. Accompanied by T. Rex's "Mambo Sun," this video's a must watch.   … read more


Jan 30, 2012

How to: Make Hot Chocolate on a Stick!

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: all food is better on sticks. Ice cream? Sticks, of course. Pizza? Put a stick in it. Fried chicken? Why not?

But what's even better than food on sticks? Seemingly-impossible beverages on sticks!    … read more


Jan 27, 2012

7 Ways to Organize Your Home Office in 2012

A decade ago, office organization looked the same as it had since the advent of the personal computer: inbox/outbox, some filing cabinets, storage boxes on shelfs for extras, and drawer organizers.

Now, in the era of smart phones, tablets, multiple computers, all sorts of input devices, electronic bill pay,, docu-scanners... (should I keep going?), staying organized in your home office is very, very different.

Professional organizer Angela Kantarellis offers her seven roadblocks to an organized workspace in 2012, and what to do about them.   … read more


Jan 26, 2012

How to: Add a Refined Touch to a Bachelor Pad

The bachelor pad. That quintessential moment of adulthood. That space inhabited when one truly learns what being a grown up is like, and prepares for the eventual sharing of a home. Or perhaps it actually serves the pinnacle environment, where living alone as an adult man is the best fulfillment of identity.

Either way... it can't look like your college dorm room. Step it up a notch, guy.   … read more


Jan 25, 2012

The Spirituality of Boomerangs: On Making Something from Nothing...

My favorite project to build with anyone--including my son--is the fast-catch boomerang. First off, boomerangs--in their flight pattern and behavior--are just really beautiful and exciting; even a toddler gets that.  But slightly older folks--from about elementary age on up to retirees--are just thrilled when they see you make a working boomerang out of a piece of scrounged poster board.  By the time you hit first grade you've probably already grown jaded about the boomerangs: You've gotten a cheap foam one as a party favor or a little present from an uncle, and it never worked, and you basically assumed that boomerangs were either… read more

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