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Jul 05, 2011

How To: Make Superhero Garden Gnomes

Even the humble garden gnome has the potential for a full-on, justice-inducing, evil-butt-kicking alter ego. 

Clever guy Kris came up with a fun and easy way to transform everyday Winklebottoms and Figgleforths into slug-stomping, possum-punishing superheroes!

He used  bit of Sculpey clay, autobody filler, and some clever painting techniques for a very funny, very creative result.

File under "why didn't I think of that?!"

Superhero Garden Gnome Mod

 

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Jun 30, 2011

20 DIY Fourth of July Projects

created at: 06/30/2011

It's a holiday weekend, which means you've got an extra day to get creative and make stuff. Since it's summer, you could make all kinds of fun, vacation-y sorts of things, delicious foods made from summer produce, or, if you're super ambitious, DIY… read more

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Jun 28, 2011

How To: Make a Reading Lamp from a Recycled Book

Steve Hoefer came up with this DIY, literal take on the book light. "Friends have regularly recommended books as being particularly illuminating, but I admit that after opening them I was as in the dark as ever. Since I’m not one to let a good metaphor go unmolested (and because design schools seem to constantly create designers who’s job it is to make ugly lamps) I made… read more

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Jun 27, 2011

How To: Make 24 DIY Photography Soft Boxes

It would be amazing if everyone had a perfect, clean space full of just-right light all day long, everyday in which we could take photos. But the reality is, sometimes the weather cooperates and sometimes it doesn't, some people have good windows and others don't, etc, etc. To make up for a less-than-ideal photo environment, photographers often rely of soft boxes, which provided color-balanced, even, diffused light, just like the perfect, overcast-y day that makes the best photos. 

And they're awesome...and pretty expensive  for a relatively simple device. Which means, of course, that you can make your own. Twenty four of 'em, as a matter of… read more

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Jun 24, 2011

24 DIY Camping Projects, Recipes, and Tips

We're in the full swing of summer, and it's high season to run away for the weekend. And when it's not in the budget to be jetsetting around the world, there's nothing more festive or wallet-friendly then a trip to a local state or national park for a weeking under the stars. A couple bucks for site fees, a tank of gas, and a grocery cart full of roastables, and you're… read more

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Jun 23, 2011

How To: Make a "You Have Just Been Poisoned" Glass

I'll admit, I've never seen (or heard of) the BBC series The Prisoner that inspired this fun, easy how-to project, but I don't care. Etching "You Have Just Been Poisoned" on the bottom of a glass is straight clever, and would make an awesome gift for… read more

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Jun 23, 2011

Hyper-Realistic Embroidered Portraits

created at: 12/01/2010

Me: Wait...those are embroidered?

Other Me: Yeah.

Me: Like, with a needle and floss?

Other Me: Yep.

Me and Other Me (unisread more

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Jun 22, 2011

How To: Make Custom Pop Up Cards

Sometimes, a card from the grocery store will do. (Grandma.) Sometimes, some stationery from an independent designer is right on. (Non-artsy sibling.) A handmade card is always tops for those you like and with whom you have inside jokes. (Good friend.) But, what about when you need a kick-butt, custom card for those closest to you, that deserve the next step.

Why, you gotta take things into the next… read more

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Jun 21, 2011

How To: Make Super Simple, No Frills Celebration Pennant Bunting

created at: 06/21/2011

Over the last few years, handmade pennant bunting has become a popular project in the handmade and DIY decor scene. And for good reason: it's fun, festive, and infinitely customizable.

But, to be honest, a lot of it is, well, girly, and quite ornate. Constructed from multiple patterns of fabric, often with loads of pink, a lot of the fabric bunting tutorials out there are awesome, provided you're hosting a party for your daughter.

So, in prep to throw my sweetheart a kickin' birthday party, I wanted to come up with a quick and easy bunting that looked handmade, but remained clean, easy to make, and gender neutral. 

Here's… read more

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Jun 20, 2011

29 Ways to Stay Creative

created at: 06/20/2011

You know how when you're an artist or creative type, you're just so bursting with ideas that you can't possibly even write them all down, let alone execute them all?

Yeah, I don't either. The truth is, that old thing about inspiration and perspiration is kinda true. Sometimes, brilliant ideas do just hit you, but it's pretty rare, and likely, the outcome of lots of prep work. So, what to do in the meantime?

Stay creative. Create even when it's not your best work, if you're uninspired, or don't have the time or energy to do your best work. It doesn't matter. You just gotta… read more

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Jun 16, 2011

220 Alternative Uses for Everything in Your Kitchen Cabinet

created at: 06/16/2011

One of the coolest things about choosing a handmade lifestyle is when you realize you already have most of what you need for household tasks, like cleaning. And, it's most likely in your kitchen.

As it turns out, you can clean, like, 95% of the things in your life with pantry… read more

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Jun 15, 2011

The Only Five Items You Need for a Home Photo Studio

Most creative types have at least a passing interest in photography. It's the best way to capture your visual work and share it with others, and I'm sure most of you hear the quote, "Here, you're artsy. Would you take a photo of us?" when at a gathering of friends or a night out and about.

My own adventure with photography has developed as I've begun to make more and more stuff, and created online tutorials of them. When we finally decided to do some published print stuff, I took the leap and bought a DSLR, and I haven't looked back since.

But, once you figure out the camera situation, you have to get all the lights, tripods, reflectors, sets, etc to worry about. Or...do… read more

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Jun 14, 2011

How To: Make an Awesome Small Footprint, Can't Fail Garden, Part II

created at: 06/14/2011

When we last left my tiny 4x4' backyard, it was, well, a box of dirt. A nice, square, painstakingly measured box of dirt and with flush joints, but a box of dirt nonetheless.

So, for my next project as part of the True Value Blog Squad, I needed to outfit it to support the plants, keep out the pests, and then actually start growing… read more

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Jun 14, 2011

How to Make Homemade Bacon Vodka

Really, friends. The title says it all. Homemade. Bacon. Vodka. Imagine this stuff in a Bloody Mary. 

Like most things, bacon has alcohol soluable… read more

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Jun 13, 2011

How To: Make a DIY Hammock from Hardware Store Supplies

I've been scheming a DIY hammock for months. There's a set of trees in the green space near my building that's perfect for one, and I've been thinking through how to go about it? Sew a panel from outdoor fabric? Weave rope into a grid of knots? Then there's the supports? Wood? Does it need to be curved? Can't you just buy a kit… read more

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Jun 13, 2011

How to: Make a Mini S'Mores Grill

created at: 06/13/2011

Sometimes, when the summertime s'mores craving hits you, you can settle for a microwave or oven version. 

And sometimes, you can't. Which leaves you with the dilemma - do I turn on the gas grill, fire up some charcoal, or build an entire campfire, just for a few expertly toasted marshmallows?

No, of course not. You just need to build a mini… read more

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Jun 07, 2011

How To: Make an Awesome Small Footprint, Can't Fail Garden

created at: 06/07/2011

This is my backyard. All of it. A roughly 4 x 4 1/2 ' patch of gravel and clay.

I think even the most blackest of thumbs can recognize that nothing's gonna grow in that soil. But, that's not okay with me. I want a garden. I want to be able to just walk out of my door, and grab fresh herbs, greens, and produce when I'm preparing meals. I want to participate in my food. I wanna weed, water, and scare away all those dang chipmunks that nibble at my plants.

So, as my first project for the True Value Blog Squad, I built a garden that allows my plants to thrive regardless of the soil condition, or the fact that the space is smaller than me.

And you can… read more

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Jun 06, 2011

How to: Make Better S'Mores at Home

Nothing beats a perfectly made s'more in the summer. A fluffy 'shmallow, roasted oh-so-carefully over glowing coals, then singed at the last possible minute for just a bit of char. (At least, that's how I like… read more

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Jun 06, 2011

ManMade Giveaway: Win a $100 American Express Gift Card from HGTV

created at: 06/06/2011

There's no better motivation to get started on a new project than some fresh materials, waiting to be cut up, glued, painted, or whatever awaits. And there's no better way to get fresh materials than for free!

So, ManMade is pumped to be joining up with HGTV to giveaway a $100 American Express Gift Card so that you can buy the things you need to get… read more

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Jun 03, 2011

Out!

created at: 06/03/2011

Friends, I'll be away for the next three days speakin' and learnin' at the Midwest Craft Caucus. It's a gathering of some seriously creative and talented people from around the handmade scene. 

It's already a blast, and is only gonna get better.

Follow the madness at #mwcraftcaucus

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