Man Made DIY


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Mar 22, 2011

How To: Spray Paint Like a Pro

I just went into my basement and counted. The results?

I have twenty-eight cans of spray paint. Okay, that also includes spray primer, and probably a clear coat or two, but twentyeight? I was surprised.

So, what's it mean? That spray paint is awesome, and the perfect medium for all sorts of DIY and art projects,… read more

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Mar 21, 2011

How To: Make a Mustache Drinking Straw

I'm the only person with whom I regularly dine who likes to use straws. None of my friends, family, or other associates ever reach for that brilliant scientific breakthrough that is the drinking straw. I mean, it's less work, and when you're done, you get a perfect, ice-free mouth fulla beverage. But, at least it means I've gotten really really good at that… read more

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Mar 21, 2011

11 Must-Own Classic Men's Fashion Staples

"Fashion is a fickle beast, a constantly changing and forever-costly passion. However, with a careful mind to building a wardrobe around time-tested pieces, even the slimmest budget can inject your wardrobe with huge style returns for comparatively minimal costs." Thankfully, there are some standards...those menswear pieces that have been around for sixty years, and seem as classy and well-cut asread more

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Mar 18, 2011

How To: Balance an Egg

There's a myth that maintains it's only possible to balance a raw egg on its end on the vernal equinox.

Guess what: Totally not true.

But, with the spring equinox occurring on March 20th, it's still a fun trick to learn and impress your… read more

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Mar 18, 2011

Amazing Urban Quilts by Amy Ahlstrom

The care and technique that goes into a handmade quilt is second to none, but the aesthetic often leans towards the floral and traditional...

Not so with the "urban quilts" of Amy Ahlstrom, which are hyper-modern and bold examples of fiber art. "Drawing upon her background as a graphic designer and comix illustrator, Amy digitally photographs the visual details of cities—street art, signs, and architectural details—and collages these images via computer into quilt designs. The resulting quilts, crafted of raw silk and cotton, are tactile visual postcards of urban environments. "

Amy's artist statement says:

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Mar 17, 2011

How To: Make Homemade Nutella

Everyone who loves Nutella can tell you the story of the first time they tasted it. While some of us may have grown up eating this chocolate-y, nutty spread, many sought it out after reading about it, seeing it in a recipe, or with the help of some tastebud loving friend. Me? I first tried it in a restaurant when I was in college, warmed into a ganache-y type thing as a dipping sauce for sopapillas. If only it were a bit more… read more

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Mar 16, 2011

How To: Fold a Shamrock from a Dollar Bill

Just so you know, it's really, really hard to find a St. Patrick's Day themed how-to project that's not 1) for kids 2) super cheesy or 3) for kids and super cheesy. 

But, this easy Shamrock dollar bill is kinda fun. I say fold a couple of fives and use them to pay for your green beers tomorrow. Not that you would actually buy green beers. Cause that's… read more

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Mar 15, 2011

How To: Make Homemade Milk Liqueur

When I first saw this recipe on @Leethal's tweet, I was a bit shocked, thinking "you can leave milk out for three weeks, mixed with bacteria and yeast-loving sugar, and still drink it?" I mean, I've made some overnight cultured creams and yogurts, but this seemed wild.

And then I thought about it a bit more, and realized that the vodka, even in equal parts to the nutrient rich, germ happy milk and sugar, must be bacteriostatic enough to prevent anything from growing in there. (You like that? Bacteriostatic? See?! I paid attention in high… read more

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Mar 14, 2011

Sad Etsy Boyfriends

 

The situation is easy to imagine...some young, talented crafter decides to have a go at selling some of her handmade wares, and starts whipping up knit caps en masse. She finishes each piece, then realizes that hats look good on heads, not tables, and so must enlist the help of her man. He's no model, of course, but he loves her, and is willing to cooperate, however hesitantly (as so many of my own lovely friends have leant theirs hands [literally] to step-by-step photos).

And thus: Sad Etsy… read more

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Mar 11, 2011

How To: Make This Amazing Geometric Mobile from an Old Phone Book

Yeah, buddy...Check out this super cool "himmeli" mobile my friend Elizabeth Abernathy [the brains behind Nuno mag] created using an upcycled, out-of-date phone book. (Right, it's out of date cause its a phone book. Got it.)

Elizabeth notes that hillemi are "Finnish mobiles (for the lack of a better descriptor) traditionally made of rye straw and hung over the table to insure a good (rye)read more

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Mar 09, 2011

How To: Sew a Basic Men's Wallet

Integration with smart phone cases be damned, there's a reason that standard wallet design hasn't changed in at least a century.

It can't really be improved upon.

Sure, I imagine that the credit card slots have been standardized, and clear spots for photo IDs are probably a later addition, and, of course, keeping photos in wallets wasn't really an option until those were affordable, but the basic wallet design is here to stay.

So, I guess we should all probably learn… read more

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Mar 07, 2011

How To: Make a Perfect Cup of Coffee at Home

Guess what? It's completely possible to make an absolutely amazing cup of coffee at home. And while it might be a bit different from scooping out those Folger's instant crystals into some microwaved tap water, as my old office mates used to do, it's not terrifically complex… read more

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Mar 02, 2011

IKEA Hack: Make a DIY Mod Pendant Light

created at: 03/02/2011

I love such a simple project with such a striking outcome. Especially when all the parts are inexpensive, and readily available at IKEA.

Vendela created this cool barrel shade project from… read more

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Mar 01, 2011

How To: Make an Awesome Lego Chess Set

I know the rules of chess. That doesn't mean I know much about playing it well, but I know how the little guys move and that you're supposed to say "check" a lot and not let anyone get your queen, cause even though the king is the point of the game, the queen is actually more awesome, just like in every American household and royalty-having country across the… read more

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Feb 28, 2011

How To: Make a Laptop Stand from Recycled Books (for under $5.00)

created at: 02/28/2011

Alex Braidwood is a clever fellow. 

Using two retired books, he created this attractive laptop docking station for nestle his laptop and save desktop space when connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

"The selection of… read more

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Feb 25, 2011

Completely Awesome Wooden Wall Treatment from Upcycled Shipping Pallets

created at: 02/25/2011

"Mom and Her Drill" is just that: Katy's a cool mom of three who works as an engineer during the day, and builds and paints all kinds of cool stuff by night.

She recently completed this amazing wall treatment made from recycled shipping pallets, and the results are… read more

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Feb 22, 2011

Five Easy DIY Wall Art Ideas

created at: 02/22/2011

The blank white wall. It says classy. It says timeless. It says...

You haven't picked a piece of artwork yet.

Even the cave dwellers understood that blank walls are an instant downer. But artwork, especially the good stuff, can be expensive.

So what's left to do?… read more

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Feb 21, 2011

How To: Make a DIY Nakashima-Inspired Coffee Table

created at: 02/21/2011

George Nakashima was a Japanese-American craftsman and furniture maker who was a powerhouse influence in 20th century furniture design. I've been fortunate enough to sit on and explore many of his actual pieces;the Boston Museum of Fine Arts has several, and you're welcome to actually use them. His mastery of fine joinery mixed with rustic unfinished edges are as good as handbuilt furniture can get, and he's by far the my woodworking idol. (Sorry, Norm...)

created at: 02/21/2011

Nakashima's signature coffee tables feature flat, finely finished tops with raw or "live" edges, resulting in a natural modern look that's pretty… read more

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Feb 17, 2011

How to Make Your Own Photo Gadget Pouches

created at: 02/17/2011

You've probably seen them: tiny zippered pouches, big enough to carry business cards, or a to use as a small wallet, printed with photorealistic images of hamburgers, vinyl records, etc. And you've probably thought, "kinda cool idea, but I'd rather a cassette tape I actually like, or a camera from own collection."

Okay, no problem. Just make your… read more

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Feb 17, 2011

How to: Make Your Own Möbius Table

 

created at: 02/17/2011

A Möbius strip is a looping figure with only one side and edge. The Möbius table takes its inspiration from that mathematical surface with a continuous, undulating base, which "flares and narrows in six arcs, creating a look of poised animation." 

Maker and furniture designer Sean Michael Ragan created his own version of the Möbius table from hardware store parts and without resorting to fancy woodworking techniques or complex… read more

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