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May 25, 2011

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Pennant

created at: 05/25/2011

Last week, my friend Kelly shared these awesome wooden pennants on her site, Design Crush. I loved the way they evoked such a classic shape, but avoided the cheap felt look, and opted for woodgrain.

The designs there weren't really my style, so I decided to have a go at making my own.

You should, too!… read more

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May 24, 2011

How To: Make a Stylish, Masculine Industrial Table

First, big ups to my mom who found this for me. She took photos with her new iPhone, and emailed me, like, every page from the Lowes circular from which they come. (The giant, 8.5MB versions. She's still learning.)

Anyway, I'm always into making cool stuff from hardware store staples. I think these could be made even more refined and contrasty with a higher grade, non OSB plywood. Edge banding optional.

I took a similar approach when I made this… read more

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May 20, 2011

How To: Age New T-Shirts into Well-Worn Favorites

It can take weeks or months and several wash cycles to take a stiff, new printed t-shirt into that just worn enough, soft favorite. Thankfully, the team at Found Item Clothing, who recreate iconic t-shirts spied in classic cult movies and TV shows, have been testing a few methods to age things… read more

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May 19, 2011

How To: Make a Custom Bass Drum Head (or my nephew gets the best birthday present ever)

created at: 05/19/2011

I have a three year old nephew, and I think he's totally awesome. Not in the "all little kids are adorable way," but in the "this kid has got crazy personality way. He knows that he's funny, and is very smart about using his presence, face, and words to be entertaining and smart.

So, I wanted to get him something special that he could continue to use once all the dumptrucks and Buzz Lightyear Jr. action figures wore out. His favorite thing to do when he comes over is to play around with all my musical instruments and noisemakers. So, I headed to the toy store, and saw this mini-drum set on clearance, I knew I had to get it.

Of course, I couldn't just wrap up the box and hand it to him - my brother-in-law would never have been able to put it together and tune it. (He's lovingly known for his lack of rhythm. He's talented in lots of other ways.)

So, I put in together in my living room, tuned it up, and then the wheels started turning. (Okay, and let's be honest. I also couldn't stop playing it for a couple of days). He loves the Beatles, and his geek dad has got him watching Star Wars, and I certainly can't ever leave stuff alone. So, I knew I has to customize the kit… read more

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May 19, 2011

30 Alternative and Unusual Uses for Aluminum Foil

created at: 05/19/2011

When I was a kid, aluminum foil had three connotations: that awesome foil ball on Pee Wee's Play House, the roll we used to make robot costumes, and that stuff that I accidentally put in the microwave one time and blue sparks shot all over. That was a fun day.

Turns out, there's a solid thirty other things you can do with it, in the kitchen, garage, garden, office, and, of course, when making… read more

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May 16, 2011

How To: Make an Earbud Holder from a Credit Card

When it comes to poor headphone storage habits, I'm the guiltiest of guilties. There are currently two strands intertwined in the bottom of my bag, one all tangled up with my phone in my pocket, and at least three pairs snagged on various USB cables, adapters and plugs, and power supplies in the bottom drawer of my desk back at home.

With this clever and easy DIY storage solution, I have no more… read more

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May 16, 2011

How To: Make Geektastic Pendant Lights from Circuit Boards

If you've hung around the DIY blogosphere for any amount of time, you most likely learned one thing above all others: anything can be made into a lamp.

That, of course, doesn't mean you should turn everything into a lamp...I once saw one created from an old 1970s teddy bear that was so awful I actually had a nightmare about it. Literally, this thing haunted my… read more

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May 13, 2011

How To: Make a Steampunk Mr. Potato Head

Last summer, a Flickr photoset of Spudnik, a handcrafted, Steampunk-style Mr. Potato Head, made its way onto ManMade. Now, even more excitingly, its creator, Sarita, shows you how to make your… read more

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May 12, 2011

How To: Make Giant Cross Stitch Wall Art

Recently, ReadyMade hosted the RM100, a "contest to celebrate 100 ingenious and beautiful DIY projects submitted to their host of savvy judges." My favorite of the bunch is this clever, easy, and big-impact oversized cross stitch art. I love the colors, and the 3D effect created with two layers ofread more

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May 11, 2011

How To: Make Tree Branch Magnets

created at: 05/11/2011

Last summer, in the midst of the August showers, a neighboring building lost a beautiful maple tree in a major thunderstorm. It was quickly disassembled by the electric company, presumably so it wouldn't fall onto the power lines. And there it sat. For weeks.

Then, a month or so later, I heard a loud grind out of my open windows (horray for open window weather!), and spied a big truck with a wood chipper in their yard.

"Surely," I thought, "they're just gonna grind up the small stuff and use the trunk for something." But, they just kept throwing in big, beautiful chunks of pure hardwood, turning it into mulch. I immediately rushed out and asked if I could have what hadn't been chopped.

The guy was very hesitant (apparently no one had ever proposed such a crazy thing), but allowed me to escape with an armful straight limbs and branches (sadly, no trunk segments) as long as I promised not to tell anyone. So, don't repeat that.

My branches have been seasoning and drying all fall and winter, and are now ready to be turned into all kinds of fun "bring the outdoors in" projects. First up, these playful tree branch magnets which cost a mere $1.00 and some glue to make, and can be whipped up in less… read more

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May 09, 2011

How To: Make a Back Yard Drink Caddy for $2.00

At first, this may seem a little superfluous. But then, one of your buddies gets out the frisbee. And then the neighbor's dog comes to say hello, or someone stumbles in your direction, and your ice cold beverage is all over the ground. Honestly, I think of three times I could/would have used one of these in the last week, even though it's been raining like… read more

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May 04, 2011

How To: Make the World's Smallest Postcard!

In the era of smartphones and text messages, the postcard has taken a bit of a hit. Sure, you could take time to go to a gift shop, select the best taken-at-sunset aerial photo of wherever you are, then try to find a place that'll sell you stamps, and take the time to write a note to all of your friends, find somewhere to mail it, and then beat the postcard home and tell your loved ones all about it before it arrives.

Or, you can snap a photo with your phone and text it to all your friends, email to your parents, and upload it to Facebook for the rest of the world to see.

Which is too bad, methinks, cause I think postcards are pretty cool, and need a revisiting. A tiny, little, awesome r… read more

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May 03, 2011

10 Amazing iPad Case Mods

No, I don't have one yet, but buddy, if I did, I'd be finding all sorts of cool and crazy places to install an iPad. And for inspiration? Why, I'd turn to these clever mods and… read more

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May 02, 2011

10 Awesome DIY Bike Projects

With spring in full swing, its time to get out the bikes, dust 'em off, spiff 'em up, and hit the road. Which we would, of course, if it'd stop raining all the time. (Does Mother Nature respond to fist shakes?)

Then, once your bike is all tuned up and you're back in the habit, try of these bike-related craft and DIY projects to really show your cycle you care. Or, you know, make your ride more comfortable and safer.… read more

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May 02, 2011

How to Match Your Tie to Your Shirt, Sweater, or Suit

I've gone on record multiples times, in which I've shared that publishing ManMade has giving me a whole new appreciation for the necktie. As a full-time writer/crafter/artist/blogger/guy-who-technically-doesn't-have-to-get-dressed-most-days, its fun to have an excuse to get a little snazzed up and throw on a tie. (To you who have to wear one everyday, keep fighting the good fight).

And, whether you wear one daily or just a few times a year, it has to match the rest of… read more

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Apr 29, 2011

Taxidermy Gone Terribly, Terribly Wrong

Sarah from Curbed.com recently stumpled upon Crappy Taxidermy, which catalogs, you guessed it, crazy taxidermy projects from around the world. She rounded up ten highlights, which simply must be… read more

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Apr 29, 2011

Top 5: Awesome Sites for Crafters

The internet is wonderful thing. Ten years ago, if you wanted to learn how to do something, you'd have to go the library to research, or take a class, or (gasp!), call someone!

Now, all you have to do is hop online, and you can get step-by-step instructions and tool reviews so as to make nearly anything.

But, of course, anyone can get a website, and so you need to plow through all the options to find the most helpful, reliable… read more

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Apr 26, 2011

How To: Make the World's Five Best Sandwiches (Part II)

Okay, so a few weeks ago, I shared this awesome roundup of chef-created sandwiches curated by 'wichcraft's Tom Colicchio and published in Saveur magazine.

I may also have called them the World's Five Best Sandwiches. So...

But, then I discovered blogger Nikole Herriott's work at her site FortySixth at Grace, and her Saturday Sandwich series, which features a totally different, but still amazing, take on some killer looking… read more

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Apr 25, 2011

How To: Make Peep S'Mores

Chances are, if you pop into your neighborhood grocery store or pharmacy this afternoon, you'll be greeted with all sorts of post-Easter clearance, including candy that's at least 75% off. Especially boldly colored peeps. But what to do with those rows of almost-stale sugar coated staples?

Why, make them actually enjoyable by surrounding them with chocolate and graham crackers, of… read more

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Apr 22, 2011

Unbelievable Hand Carved Easter Eggs

How does one achieve such an Easter egg? Fancy laser cutters? Computer controlled carving machines? Ancient, secret Easten European techniques that are only known by, like, six living people?

Nope, just a pattern and some patience. Which means you can do… read more

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