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Dec 30, 2011

How To: Make an 18-Shot, Ratcheting Triple Barrel Nerf Gun

created at: 12/29/2011

I don't care how old you get...you're never too old for a Nerf gun. Or a squirt gun, but that's different post.

The appeal, of course, is not that it's a gun, where you can work out aggression or make a statement on the person you're shooting, but that it's simply a way to engage your friends or family from across the room. It's like tossing a ball at them, or throwing a grape high in the air for them to catch in their mouth.

And when you're older, then you can do all kinds of fun stuff with 'em, like make this crazy beast.   … read more

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Dec 29, 2011

How to: Make a DIY Wood Grain Skin for your iPhone (or iPod, iPad, or Laptop)

Hop on the internet, do a quick search or visit any sort of design or art online shop, and you'll most certainly find all sorts of "skins" - that is, safe ways to make clean and sleek gadgets like the iAnything or laptop a bit more personal. What you'll also realize is that a "skin" is just a big vinyl sticker, which means it's completely possible, easy, and not expensive to just make your own.   

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Dec 27, 2011

How to: Make a Stylish iPad Case from a Notebook

Perhaps you found a new shiny iPad under your tree this year, or maybe you're just interested in warming up your high-end tech gear with some old school, classic-guy charm, but you've gotta check out this easy, yet secure, how-to for creating an iPad from an inexpensive paper notebook, which would work equally well using an appropriately sized vintage book binding.   … read more

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Dec 27, 2011

Amazing Handcrafted Quilted Beards

The Postiche Collection, a limited edition catalog, features these intriguing hand-quilited beards by Julian Wolkenstein and Paul Sharp.

 

The project description says, "After… read more

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Dec 21, 2011

How to: Make a DIY Snow Machine

If you're longing for a white Christmas*, but Mother Nature and St. Nick don't seem to getting along this year, try your hand at creating your own snowmaker from stuff you can find at the the hardware store.   … read more

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Dec 21, 2011

How To: Make a Gift Wrap Satchel from an Old Shirt

created at: 12/21/2011

This is the year I vowed to buy no gift wrap, no ribbon, and no tape, and promised myself I'd use up the scraps from previous years, and make the rest. 

I ran out of tape yesterday, but have kept my promise so far, though I'm running low. Perhaps I'll hit the closet and check out this fascinating "furoshiki" - a gift wrap satchel.   … read more

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Dec 21, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: December 21, 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.

2011 saw some major eruptions by some of the world's biggest active volcanoes. The Atlantic features some amazing photographs capturing the steam, ash, toxic gases, and lava.   … read more

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Dec 20, 2011

How to: Make Star Wars Snowflakes (Free Templates Included)

created at: 12/20/2011

Yep, these are likely on every craft/handmade/DIY/geek/tech/anything blog this season...but that's for good reason. That being: they're freaking awesome.   … read more

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Dec 20, 2011

Holiday Hack: One Basic Dough Recipe, Endless Christmas Cookies

The stockings are hung, the plums are sugared, and you're well on your way to getting all those gifts wrapped. Now it's time for the real fun to begin, and by "real fun," I mean...cookies. 

Of course, "Cookie recipes are just about infinite, because almost anything can be shaped into a circle and baked... But the basic cookie contains three key ingredients: butter, flour and sugar. That combination has not been bettered, and it can be varied in so many ways that, really, it’s the only recipe you need."… read more

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Dec 19, 2011

Have Yourself a Paper-y Little Christmas: 14 DIY Paper Craft Projects for the Holidays

Okay, jingle bell-ers, you've got a week left. The tree is up, the presents purchased, and the fire aglow. Now, its on the really good stuff - cookie baking, gift wrapping, and watching the good Christmas movies.

And, of course, putting the final touches on the decorations. For this week is the week of adding just that extra bit of festiveness to your space. So, while you're munching candy canes, cracking up at Cousin Eddie's dickie, grab a pair of scissors, and add some comfort and joy to your spot with these easy paper craft Christmas projects.

   

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Dec 15, 2011

Gift Guide: Awesome, Handcrafted Gift Ideas for Guys

created at: 12/15/2011

My friend Brittni maintains an amazing handmade marketplace and blog called papernstitch, and while I regularly appreciate her updates and the amazing artisinal objects, the picks are unabashedly, well, girly.

Except for this week, where Brittni's prepared a great collection of handmade and independently produce gifts for guys.   … read more

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Dec 13, 2011

How to: Make DIY Stainless Steel Reusable Drinking Straws

Last year, my favorite Christmas stocking gift (besides the candy) was a set of stainless steel drinking straws. I'm a committed straw user, and I love that I can simply wash these and use them indefinitely...plus the experience of drinking a cold beverage though a chilled, heavy straw is...I dunno, pleasant.

Many of my straw-hating friends and family even took to them, prefering the experience over the sensation of thin plastic in their mouths, so I looked into buying some more...and they're like $7.00 a piece.

So, I was quite excited to see this DIY version,… read more

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Dec 12, 2011

How to: Make Homemade Grenadine for Tastier Holiday Cocktails

created at: 12/12/2011

Pop quiz! What is grenadine?

Until a few years ago, I woulda said, "Um...it's that cherry stuff they put in my lemon-lime soda as a kid."

And I would have been wrong.

See, the "grenad-" in grenadine, and the "grenad-" in grenade are actually the same etymological root, and refer to a fruit that has little to do with cherries:… read more

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Dec 08, 2011

How to: Make DIY Spray Paint

I have fifty-four cans of spray paint. Seriously, I just went to the basement and counted. Years worth of specific projects, a couple of content campaigns with the awesome people at Krylon, and it's really become quite a collection.

And I still don't have all the colors I need. See, while spray paint is often the best tool for a specific task, your options are relatively limited. Compared to cans of wall paint, which you can get mixed in thousands of colors at the hardware store, and artist paints like oils and acrylics, the color of palette of spray paint is limited to those determined useful by the manufacturer.

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Dec 07, 2011

How To: Make Edible Shot Glasses

Originaly, the "shot glass" was a measuring device - a means to figure out a 1.5 oz. serving of a spirit. Nowadays, it's been reduced to a cheesy collectible, or worse, a tacky means of throwing down liquor way faster than necessary.

But that's not the shot glass's fault. Sipping 1.5 oz of a single spirit is a great way to learn about its flavor, aroma, and complexities. Especially if the glass contributes to the experience. So, bring back the shot glass. And, while you're at it, why not make it edible?   … read more

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Dec 07, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: December 7, 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 "taking a picture of myself in the mirror with my smartphone" trend gets a humorous update by replacing the camera with... a Pop Tart.   … read more

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Dec 06, 2011

How to: Make SpaghettiOs Pizza - A Culinary Mashup That's Just Crazy Enough to Work

created at: 12/03/2011

Some things seem so wrong that you just need to try them, and I think SpaghettiOs Pizza is one of those things. That's right…SpaghettiOs. So fire up the oven, break out the can opener, and get cookin'.  

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Dec 05, 2011

How to: Make a LEGO Millennium Falcon Ornament

Last season, artist Chris McVeigh offered plans for a very fine LEGO Death Star ornament, and this year, he continues the cheer with the Millenium Falcon!   … read more

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Dec 01, 2011

How to: Make a Modern, Minimalist Nutcracker

When I was a kid, my sister always battled to be the one to put the angel on top of the tree, but my favorite part was always finding where our family had boxed up the bright red nutcracker, and place him somewhere where he could guard our presents against any potential evil mouse kings.

Any the best part? Our nutcracker could actually crack nuts. Nowadays, a functioning nutcracker is nearly impossible to find, and the ones availble in craft stores are kinda junky, poorly assembled, and not something that would fit in any sort of contemporary decor.

So, I decided to give that classic shape a clean and contemporary makeover. And you can too!   … read more

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Dec 01, 2011

Knitting Battle: Gnomes vs. Snowmen! A ManMade Exclusive Interview with Anna Hrachovec

created at: 11/28/2011I was out at the American Folk Art Museum in Lincoln Center a few weeks back for their Make It Thursday event, and I got the chance to see Anna Hrachovec speak. For those of you who don't know Anna's work, she's been knitting tiny toys for five years and runs the website Mochimochiland.com.
created at: 11/28/2011
She was at Make It Thursday talking about her most recent exhibition, Gnomes vs. Snowmen. I took the opportunity to swing by the exhibition, and to ask Anna a few questions.
1) Do you have any metrics on how much material you used for Gnomes vs. Snowmen? Feet of yarn, or number of yarn balls?
Let's see.. I used about 64 skeins ofread more
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