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Sep 13, 2010

How To: Make an Altoids Tin BBQ Grill

created at: 09/13/2010

The rectangular, hinged-top Altoids tin has been an inspiration for DIYers and makers since...well, probably since Altoids hit the shelves.

The updated, sleeker, round Altoid Sours tin has a removable lid, which allows for a whole heap of clever reuses...such as an ash receptacle for this mini barbecue grill.

Instructabler vmspionage says, "This [grill] is powered by a standard-sized charcoal briquette and is capable of cooking a full-size hot dog (cut down to size) or smaller hamburger patties… read more

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Sep 13, 2010

A Fantastic Collection of Old-Timey Guy Supplies on Etsy

created at: 09/13/2010

Recently, handmade marketplace Etsy.com asked Brett McKay of ManMade's pal The Art of Manliness to curate a collection of tools, curios, and vintage ephemera from their vast collection of goodies.

The gathering ranges from collectables to hygiene products to vintage-inspired new handmade pieces. And we gotta say - we like it. Like it… read more

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Sep 01, 2010

How to Make Superhero Cupcakes

created at: 09/01/2010

We don't care if cupcakes are oh-so-2008; these superhero-topped red velvet and Ovaltine (?!) flavored versions looks plenty timeless to us.

Just Jenn made paper versions of each logo, then cut them out to use as templates over biscuit-cutter cut fondant. "The thing I love about Superhero logos are the simple clean designs, just the image and the colors can tell you instantly who is who. All of which are PERFECT elements for topping cupcakes! I knew I wanted to do some of the basics, Superman, Batman – but I figured that some of the more obscure logos would be fun and also appeal to the diehard… read more

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Sep 01, 2010

How To: Make a DIY, Best Made Co.-Inspired High End Hammer

created at: 09/01/2010

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Peter Buchanan-Smith and Best Made Co., and I haven't been able to shake the imagery of their color-adorned urban axes since. I can't help but check out the ax and shovel handles at the hardware store and garden center. And while I have immense respect for Best Made Co. and their amazing work, I'm just not at the point in my life where I can swing investing in a high-end functional art piece.

But that doesn't mean I couldn't take a cue from their bold color meets wood-grain handles and deep silver blades - so I decided to create my own colorful high-end tool, using a claw hammer. And you can too.

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Aug 30, 2010

How To: Make a Rustic Wooden Mallet

created at: 08/30/2010

There are rubber mallets, seafood mallets, percussion mallets, and then there are the paint-can-sealing, furniture-making, wooden-stake-into-vampire-heart-driving handmade wooden mallets, as you see above.

We bet you can guess which we… read more

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Aug 27, 2010

How to: Make a Wooden Necktie (and Bowtie!)

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If you're asking, "what would I do with a handmade wooden neck- or bowtie?" we have thirty-five simple words for you. "Oh my gosh, what wouldn't you do with handmade wooden neck- or bowtie?! What are you? Do you also hate Christmas and world peace? Take your terrible attitude back to your crummy totalitarianism, you drivelspot."

Now, Make a Bowtie

Okay, we'll grant it's a legitimate concern. So, I guess a better answer is: you design it, cut and shape it from soft wood, put a string through it, then post it on… read more

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Aug 25, 2010

How To: DIY a Lego DJ Booth

created at: 08/25/2010

Who DOESN'T need a bed of interlocking plastic bricks in which to rest their turntables?

This build from German site Spy Style features a plywood box attached to the wall, covered with Legos, with flush-mounted Technics 1200s and inside. It uses around 1,400 new bricks in fun cool colors on the… read more

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Aug 25, 2010

How To: Sew an iPad Case

created at: 08/25/2010

The availability of the iPad has brought on lots of clever carrying and nesting options: those that make it look like an iMac, an old arcade console, or a composition notebook. But this tutorial from Eighteenth Century Agrarian Business is the kind we like best: a custom, fabric option, along the thousands we've seen for iPods and mobile phones, that simply stores and protects.

"This case has really served me well. I carry the iPad with me everywhere I go and throw it in my purse, which is always filled with randomness. Since it's just two folds and really just about 3 lines of stitching - this is really… read more

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Aug 24, 2010

How a Sewing Machine Actually Works

The true DIY and craftsters don't just use all the cool toys and materials - they want to know how they work.

So, bone up on your sewing machine saavy  - sure, everyone knows that there are two sources of thread, but peep the above animation to see exactly how the two become… read more

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Aug 23, 2010

How To: Bottle Cap Cycling Mirror

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Brilliant! A handmade rearview mirror for bicycling. For whenever you need to see what's happening behind you, or just need a constant reminder of what brand of sunglasses you're wearing.

While Bikes and the City doesn't give complete step-by-step instructions, a quick look at the photos intimates the… read more

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Aug 19, 2010

Needle-Felted Explosives: They're the Bomb!

created at: 08/19/2010

We can't think of anything better than scary things rendered into softy form. Flickr user Kerstin made these needle felted plushies in the form of a stick of dynamite and a bomb. We're especially digging on the colored roving used to indicate eminent explosion.

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Aug 16, 2010

How To: Turn Old Paperbacks into Custom Hardback Books

The best books are those that aren't in display condition - cause they've actually been read, loved, and well-worn. But, of course, showing off the books you don't like is, just, well...weird.

So, get hip to this cool trick from OhDeeOh - recovering your favorite paperbacks with custom-designed artwork, which is, as we see it,… read more

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Aug 12, 2010

How To: DIY Rearview Mirror Spy Sunglasses

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EVERY year, in the fall, my elementary school held fundraisers; with promises of mountain bikes and Gameboys and squirtguns. My goals were always less lofty: a simple $100 could knab you a pair of rearview mirror spy glasses, allowing the wearer to secretly observe all the confidential, super secret espionage happening on the playground. I never quite made it to $100 worth of wrapping paper and crappy chocolate.

So, these DIY spy glasses have a special place in my heart, and I'm totally making some...like, tonight. " These are super quick and easy to make, you’ll need a glue gun and cut-able plastic mirror sheets which you can pick… read more

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Aug 11, 2010

How To: Make Your Own Corn Cob Pipe

First things first: ManMade does not condone, support, or encourage smoking of any kind. In fact, we find it entirely irrational in 2010, and encourages everyone to take good care of themselves. Still, these are pretty cool, and a fun skill to learn. Cause we do get it; we just think sucking some corn-scented air is plenty enough fun.

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Aug 05, 2010

How To: Make a Fluorescent Floor Lamp

created at: 08/05/2010

Few things inspire me more than a modern design product constructed entirely out of easy-to-find parts from the local hardware store.

This standing floor lamp is a perfect example: off-the-rack worklights from the home center, arranged and installed with just a bit of effort, resulting in a huge… read more

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Aug 05, 2010

Craft Fail: A Total Family Knitmare

created at: 08/05/2010

Full length body suits are totally terrifying when worn by couples, but it turns out, when a family's involved, one only needs handmade yarn mask to induce nightmares.

Please, note the pie, the bowtie, and the matching white shirts. And we dare not guess what the daughter does in her spare… read more

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Aug 04, 2010

How To: Craft Some DIY Skull Dishes

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Whether the skull-and-crossbone motif atop these craftily stenciled plates make you question the poison-content of your meal, or just indicate some badass culinary work coming out of your kitchen, we just think these are plain cool. They're stenciled with fabric or lace to create a geometric pattern, and then embedded with a toner image that's sealed on.

And the best part - you can choose to use whatever image you can get into your computer and onto paper via a laser… read more

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Jul 22, 2010

How To: Make a Felt Wine Rack from a Mailing Tube

created at: 07/22/2010

Kate and I seem to have the same problem - extreme procrastination when it comes to framing artwork... And by extreme, I mean upwards of a decade, like so long, the print seems tirelessly outdate.

But here's a bit of motivation - once you actually get the art on the wall, you're can make something sweet out of the mailing tube. Like, perhaps enlist the help of some bold duct tape and felt, and create a wine rack you'll be proud to leave out to display, even if your vintage is more supermarket than sommelier.   

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Jul 21, 2010

How To: Build a Mid-Century Inspired Wireless Audio System

The mission? Make a moveable, wireless audio speaker system that can be controlled by an iPhone and blends seamlessly into an impeccably curated mid-century modern decor.

Mission accomplished. Joel Pirela created a custom wood cabinet that sits atop a Tulip-style base (from an old Bose 901 speaker), and can be used anywhere close to a power outlet. The cabinet houses a computer speaker system and an Apple Airport Extreme, which streams iTunes wirelessly to any location. The outside is covered with a speaker grill attached with magnets, and an inexpensive walnut… read more

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Jul 21, 2010

Make Cold-Brewed Ice Tea in the Fridge

created at: 07/21/2010

When I was a kid, my parents always made iced tea in this vintage sun tea jar, complete with big 70s yellow poppies and a broken spigot. I never really realized what they were doing by sitting that thing on the back porch...besides making us chase extra fast to grab missed catches and tags during our neighborhood kickball game.

It's a pretty clever idea, the sun tea...when its this hot outside, the last thing you want to do is boil a big kettle of water and cool it down for hours to make a cold drink. But know what's even awesome-r, and quicker? Simply making great ice tea in your refrigerator… read more

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