Man Made DIY


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Nov 13, 2012

Recipe: How to Make Bacon Jam

created at: 11/12/2012

All this week, ManMade is excited to be teaming up with America's Test Kitchen to share lots of cool, DIY food crafts and ideas, any which would make an excellent weekend project or a great handmade holiday gift for your family and friends.

created at: 11/13/2012

It's jam. Made from bacon. No snappy intro paragraph needed. Just make some.     … read more

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Nov 12, 2012

Recipe: How to Make DIY Coffee Liqueur at Home

created at: 11/12/2012

All this week, ManMade is excited to be teaming up with America's Test Kitchen to share lots of cool, DIY food crafts and ideas, any which would make an excellent weekend project or a great handmade holiday gift for your family and friends.

created at: 11/12/2012

I'm not advocating for spiking your morning coffee every weekday, but if you have a bottle … read more

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Nov 12, 2012

DIY Idea: Make a Chalkboard Wall-Mounted Home Organizer

In my house, it's the half-wall between the landing and the stairs. So I certainly know that when your countertops, desks, and other flat surfaces are continually filled with mail, errands, and other "to do" related goodies, it's time for an official solution. And since horizontal spaces just aren't working, you gotta go vertical.   … read more

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Nov 12, 2012

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Meat

If knowing is half the battle, then half the battle when it comes to cooking main course proteins is selecting the right cut, prepping it, and how'll you serve it before anything actually touches heat (or in some cases, stays uncooked).   … read more

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Nov 08, 2012

How to: Polish Your Shoes - The Quick, Easy, No-Fuss Way

created at: 04/16/2013

Everytime I have a layover at the airport, I like to walk around the terminal and watch people...guess where they're going, why they're traveling. And everytime, I inevitably walk by the shoe shine stand, sometimes occupied, and sometimes not, and I think to myself, "Someday, I'm gonna own a pair of shoes that deserve to be shined for $14 in the airport.

And, really, someday...I will.   … read more

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Nov 07, 2012

How to: Make DIY Wall-Mounted Succulent Shelves

created at: 11/07/2012

I've lived in my house for three years, and I have but one giant blank white wall left: the one across from my bedroom headboard, the first thing I see when I wake up. For the past thirty-six months, I've been slowly filling my walls with DIY art projects, screenprints from my favorite artists, even a full-on collage of colorful paint samples glued to the plaster (which are never coming off, by the way). But this guy...taunts every morning. Or, had been.  Cause last weekend, I decided to do something about it.   … read more

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Nov 07, 2012

Beautifully Crafted Miniature 18th Century Toolchest with Tiny, Working Tools

Artist William Robertson just completed this "astounding" miniature replica of the 18th century Hewitt Tool Chest, on display in Colonial Williamsburg. It includes tiny, functional tools - you can see the handplane shaving away the pencil in the photo above.   … read more

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Nov 06, 2012

Roundup: 12 Tasty Recipes Using Beer

The unique flavor components of beer - the malt, yeasts, bitter hops, and the like - are pretty unique, and can't really be mimmicked using other ingredients. Which means: You should cook with it. Like, as an ingredient in the dish, … read more

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Nov 02, 2012

How to: Make Easy Colorful Rainbow Pasta at Home

At first glance, those of us without kids may take a look at these brightly colored pasta noodles and say, "When would I ever do that." That's what I did, of course. And then I thought about it...and thought about it...and then the question soon became, "When would I not?"   … read more

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Nov 01, 2012

How to: Make Your Own Sparkling Apple Cider at Home

When we were kids, my sister and I rarely fought...unless it was the holiday season, and there were bottles of sparkling grape juice or apple cider to be slurped! We weren't allowed much soda, so the chance to celebrate the season with something fizzy was always a treat, and cause for fisticuffs!   … read more

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Oct 31, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: Special Halloween Edition - October 31, 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.

Designer and artist Michael Pippo created a series of posters for everyone's favorite… read more

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Oct 30, 2012

How to: Repair Stripped Screw Holes in Wood

created at: 10/30/2012

If you'll recall from your grade school science lessons, a screw is a simple machine. It's a continuous helix-shaped thread that cuts a groove into the surrounding material, thereby keeping the screw in place and, usually, holding two things together.

And, they work great...except when that "surrounding material" they're supposed to cut into gets worn away, and the screw just spins and spins inside the hole, holding absolutely nothing together.

Luckily, there's a super easy solution to fix it, and it costs about four cents and takes less than five minutes.  

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Oct 29, 2012

How to: Make a Stylish DIY Wood and Concrete Lamp

Nimi is an industrial design student from Finland, so it's no surprise that she fell in love with this Scandinavian-inspired lamp on Pinterest. Deterred by the £195. price tag, she set out to make her own modern, and fantastic, industrial lamp made from wood, metal, and concrete. I've been privileged to see heaps of DIY decor projects everyday for years, and this is, by far, one of the best executed and a personal favorite.… read more

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Oct 25, 2012

DIY Idea: Make a Chalkboard State Map

created at: 10/25/2012

The use of chalkboard paint in design and decor projects has been seen over and over again since it became available, but I think this graphic map is particularly great example. Rather than covering… read more

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Oct 24, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Industrial Shelving Unit from Hardware Store Supplies

Nothing beats a stylish DIY project that's made from easy-to-find supplies from the home improvement center, comes together in an afternoon, and provides extra storage space.   … read more

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Oct 24, 2012

How to: Carve a Pumpkin Skull with an Exposed Squash Brain

Artist and designer Noah Scalin of Skull-A-Day provides a detailed tutorial for carving this clever take on the Jack-O-Lantern.   … read more

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Oct 23, 2012

Please Help Me Decide What to Make Out of These Stupid Shorts...and Win Free Stuff

created at: 10/23/2012

For some reason, I can't bear to throw out this silly pair of cotton shorts. I've had them for eighteen-ish years, more than half my life. I don't have any particularly good memories of them, and I mostly just wore them as pajamas… read more

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Oct 22, 2012

The 6 Best Whiskey Drinks for Fall

created at: 10/22/2012

The leaves have fallen, and the season of margaritas and Tom Collinses and anything with tonic water is now hibernating until spring brings its thaw. Now? Now is the time for settling into the season of warmth and spices. And, most importantly...whiskey.   … read more

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Oct 22, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Leather Cup Jacket

My pal (and amazing craftsman) Matt came up with this cool project to transform an ordinary Kerr canning jar into a stylish vessel for serving warm drinks without burning your hands.    … read more

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Oct 17, 2012

Beyond Toilet Paper: How to Treat Shaving Nicks and Cuts

I'll never forget the first time I saw my dad with a clump of toilet paper stuck to his face. It was a Saturday, a day he usually worked, and we were at home getting ready for some formal occasion...I think a wedding, or perhaps a funeral. I was watching The Jetsons in the living room, and here comes my dad, all clean and shiny, in his Sunday best, with not one but three little white mounds with a bright red center on his chin. I immediately ran to my mom to find out what in the world was going on.   … read more

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