Man Made DIY


May 21, 2012

How to: Make a Captain America Tie Dye T-Shirt

created at: 05/21/2012

Have you heard? They made a movie about The Avengers. It's called The Avengers. People seem to like it.

To celebrate, my buddy Alexa shared this custom Captain America tie dye t-shirt. Since the 90s are… read more


May 17, 2012

How to: Make a Wooden Magnetic Knife Strip

A wall-mounted magnetic strip is the best way to store and organize kitchen knives, chisels, carving tools, and other sharp objects. It not only protects the sharpness of the tools and maintains their fine edges, but it keeps your hands safe while you're storing the tools, and out of the way when you're not using them.   … read more


May 15, 2012

How to: Make Spicy Whiskey BBQ Sliders

It's the sort of post that needs no introduction: it's a burger, on a mini bun, with barbeque sauce, and whiskey. And! The pre-pattied meat in the process photo looks like a brain:   … read more


May 14, 2012

How to: Make an 8-Bit Pop-Up Greeting Card

created at: 05/14/2012

In this era of ever-increasing electronic communication, paper mail and greetings have become ever more important and meaningful, when done well. Especially, if it's a custom card you made yourself.   … read more


May 14, 2012

DIY Idea: Make a Wrench Bottle Opener

There are all sorts of ways to open a bottle, but dare we say, none as stylish as opening one with a homemade combination wrench bottle opener.    … read more


May 07, 2012

How to: Make a "Vulcan Salture" Hooded Sweatshirt

created at: 05/07/2012

When fully zipped, this DIY sweatshirt project simply displays a bold, graphic right hand, perhaps a bit influenced by street art. But unzipped halfway, and you're offering a whole 'nother message.   … read more


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 day.   … read more


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 de Mayo.   … read more


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 place.   … read more


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 projects).   … read more


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 anything.   … read more


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 masculine.   … read more


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 altogether.   … read more


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 seen.”    … read more


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 back.    

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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 instead.   … read more


Apr 13, 2012

How to Start a Fire: By Hand, No Matches

created at: 04/16/2013

created at: 04/13/2012

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


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 solution… read more


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. With coffee.   … read more


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 name?   … read more

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