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Aug 22, 2011

How to Print DIY Patterned Fabric

It can be tough to find attractive, masculine-friendly pattern fabric at your local craft store. The solids are usually safe, but save for a tiny check or two, most of the stores are a sea of shiny lamé, pastel animal prints, or, worse, the supposedly masculine-y flamed fleece or sports team prints.

Or, perhaps you simply can't find fabric that matches a room or space...anyone who's ever looked can attest: it can be tough.

Solution: printread more

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Aug 17, 2011

9 Must-Make Salsa Recipes to Match Any Dish

created at: 08/17/2011

It's no secret here on ManMade that I'm eternally in love with the food and flavors of Mexico. I just think there's something about the flavors of chiles, corn, lime, and cilantro that simply meshes with my palette.

And while I love a tender, toothsome fresh tortilla as much as anyone, and I'll gladly give an unnecessary bodily organ for a slow roasted cochinita pibil, the defining characteristic of Mexican flavors, for me, is… read more

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Aug 17, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: August 17, 2011

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 new trend at this year's state fairs? Deep fried butter. Check out the video to learn more, and maybe decide it's not as bad as it sounds...… read more

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Aug 12, 2011

10 Things Every Guy Should Know about Laundry

I didn't really learn a lot about "domesticity" as a kid. We didn't have shop or home ec in my high school, and my family weren't huge cooks or builders or sewers. All my interest in those sort of things came later, when I decided I wanted to learn.

But the one thing I got from my family? How to get stuff clean, and in particular, how to do laundry. I remember my first year of college, studying in the residence hall laundry room, and getting asked over and over by my dormmates, "What am I supposed to do… read more

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Aug 11, 2011

How To: Make Super Easy Text-Based Wall Art

Recently, Elsie thrifted an awesome vintage paint-by-numbers landscape. Which is pretty awesome in itself, though maybe just a tad too kitschy. So, she transformed it into a text-based stunner featuring a song lyric from one her favorite bands with barely any… read more

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Aug 11, 2011

Your Crafts are Not Renegade Enough for the Renegade Craft Fair

created at: 08/11/2011

Literary journal McSweeny's has a little fun with indie craft show clichès and the sorts of imagery that continue to pop up all over the handmade scene. Still. (They're everywhere.… read more

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Aug 10, 2011

Sad Etsy Dogs

If a dog is a man's best friend, then Sad Etsy Dogs is the perfect companion to Sad Etsy Boyfriends.

 

 

It's not that the dog clothes themselves are awful...but the pups just… read more

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Aug 10, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: August 10, 2011

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.

created at: 08/10/2011

Matthew Baldwin says, "Site administrators use CAPTCHAs to prevent automated scripts from performing certain functions, such as creating an account, sending email to a distribution list, or participating in a discussion thread. That's fine, as far as it goes. But, frankly, I'd also like to see certain people on the Internet prevented from doing certain things. You know, like: logging onto the Internet." He's created a series of solution to keep the less desirables… read more

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Aug 04, 2011

Free Download: Happiness is a Warm Glue Gun Poster

When I launched ManMade a year and a half ago (today's the eighteen-month anniversary!), I wanted to have something to give to the online handmade community to say, "Hi."

So, I whipped up this poster (in three colors! Yahoo!), and it's yours if you'd like it. Hang it in your office, your workspace, your home, on a telephone pole, wheat paste it onto a mailbox....whatever you… read more

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Aug 01, 2011

How To: Make a Magnetic Map Memo Board

I'm just gonna say it: If you can, at least, safely and accurately wield a pair of scissors, it's simply unacceptable to have a plain, straight from the store memo board: either cork, magnetic, or dry erase. There are so many easy ways to make it interesting: make it woodgrain, turn it into bold graphic shape, build a handprinted inspiration board from scratch for way less than the office supply store, or create a double duty DIY dry erase board.

Or, take a cue from Michael, and go straight up vintage… read more

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Jul 26, 2011

DIY Idea: Rainbow Melted Crayon Art

Artist and designer Jessica Kerbawy creates these amazing rainbow wall art pieces by gluing a spectrum of crayons on foam core, and then strategically melting… read more

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Jul 25, 2011

How To: Make a Custom Leather Wallet from Scratch

For years, I've been saying [to myself, and probably to you at some point] "Man, I need to learn how to work with leather." I mean, that's like the historic manly craft, right? I kinda have to. 

Well, I believe I've found the project that's gonna get me there: this custom leather travel wallet project by Jepsen… read more

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Jul 20, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: July 20, 2011

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.

"Places I Haven't Been" by Evan… read more

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Jul 20, 2011

How to: Build a Rustic Wooden Coffee Table (from Scratch!)

I know, I know. Your $20 Ikea coffee table is fine. But, the thing is, I'm old now. I just turned 32, and 32-year olds have beautifully crafted, handmade, coffee tables. I think it's something we're legally compelled to do. Look it up on Wikipedia.

created at: 07/20/2011


To start out our project, we needed some pretty wood to form the top and second shelf of the table. While at an antiques fair in Massachusetts, my lovely wife found three sets of wooden cigar rollers. Since they came in sets of two, we'd have three for the two levels of coffee table goodness.

created at: 07/20/2011

Next, we needed the rest of the crap to put it all together. It's best, when doing a… read more

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Jul 18, 2011

How to: Make a Bendy Straw Rocket Launcher

Sometimes, the most fun craft projects are just stylish reinterpretations of the stuff you already know about.

'Member how fun it is to (still) shoot your straw wrapper across the table at your significant other, because she's awesome, and doesn't care about stuff like that, and will probably shoot hers back at you? Well, why not apply the same principle, and make a… read more

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Jul 15, 2011

Weekend Project: How to Make a Succulent Table from a Recycled Pallet

This straightforward DIY table has all the essential elements: upcycling, pallets, woodworking, plants, power tools, all wrapped up in a perfect mid-summer vibe.

Megan says, "Can you believe that our latest DIY project was once just a couple of junky pallets and some scrappy table legs?  Crazy…if I didn’t have photos, I wouldn’t believe it myself.  Not too long ago, we whipped out a coffee table sized succulent table out of an old shipping crate.  Now we scaled it… read more

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Jul 12, 2011

How to: Build a Water Rocket from Plastic Bottles

As a kid, my favorite checkout line toy was always the water rocket. You know, that egge shaped thing you'd fill with water, then attach to the little tube, and pump the plunger to force air into it so it'd shoot up crazy high and fast? My sister always liked the Silly Putty, and we both enjoyed the sidewalk chalk and a good, old fashioned squirt gun fight, but the water rocket? That made an impact. It shot up in the air with surprise. And, you could show off how strong you were by putting some muscle into that pressure… read more

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Jul 08, 2011

I Freaking Love These: Retro Electronics Made from Paper

I try my best not to just throw up pretty pictures and go on and on about how much I love them, but for these paper sculptures of vintage electronics, I have to make an exception.

Cause I do. Love them, I… read more

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Jul 07, 2011

Creative Gift Guide: 77 Tools and Design Gifts for Makers and Artists

created at: 07/07/2011

For me, summer is that most creative and productive of seasons. It's a good 10° in my basement workspace, so it's not tough to head down there and start making stuff. Plus, the long days, good light, and warm weather means you can work outside more, paint dries faster, and everything's just a bit more… read more

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Jul 06, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: July 6, 2011

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.

I do this… read more

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