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Jan 11, 2011

Free Moravian Star Cut-out

It's official: I'm declaring today, Tuesday, January 11th 2011, Paper Day! Most of the country is under a winter storm advisory, so lots of us are stuck inside, eating from the fridge and looking for something to do. Since you might not be able to get out of the house and pick up supplies for a large scale DIY project, we'll be offering four sweet and FREE how-to or printable projects to keep you busy.

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Paper Day, Part 3: Moravian Star

A Moravian star is a popular Advent and Christmas decoration in Germany. They originated as a geometry lesson, but eventually became adapted by the Moravian Church as a holiday symbol. [… read more

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Jan 11, 2011

How To: Fold a $5 Bill to Give Lincoln a Baseball Cap

It's official: I'm declaring today, Tuesday, January 11th 2011, Paper Day! Most of the country is under a winter storm advisory, so lots of us are stuck inside, eating from the fridge and looking for something to do. Since you might not be able to get out of the house and pick up supplies for a large scale DIY project, we'll be offering four sweet and FREE how-to or printable projects to keep you busy.

created at: 01/11/2011

Paper Day, Part 1: Lincoln Gets a Cap

Hilarious and seemingly easy instructions to turn Honest Abe into a true b-boy. Once here's there, you could turn him into a puppet for an impromptu performance, or whip out your camera for a quick-and-easy stop motion… read more

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Jan 07, 2011

How To: Winterize Your Bike to Ride in the Snow

created at: 01/07/2011

Outside, the ground has been covered in snow since our first fall back in December, and its still falling. Which means my bicycle's been in the garage for six weeks, and I'm getting a little antsy. And the recumbent exercise bike just isn't cutting… read more

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Jan 07, 2011

Papercraft Andy Warhol [Free Download]

created at: 01/07/2011

Matt Hawkins created this incredible, and free!, Andy Warhol papercraft template, which you can download and fold up yourself!

Who wouldn't want one of these? Heading to my printer to plug in… read more

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Jan 07, 2011

How To: Make a Moorish-Inspired Mathematical Lamp

created at: 01/07/2011

Traveling through Morocco and southern Spain, Stregoi fell in love with the Moorish patterns and mosaic that characterize the architecture and spaces

So, he created this amazing pendant lamp inspired by these patterns, and shares his templates so you can make one of… read more

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Jan 06, 2011

Home Hacks: 12 Cool Things To Do with Your Microwave

created at: 01/06/2011

Microwaves are those things that you don't know you need unless you don't have it. When my last one stopped functioning, I figured "I'll save the counter space. I don't need to replace that."

But, I'm always in the habit of making a little bit more at dinner for lunch the next day. And, I spend whole weekends making five or six batches of soup to freeze to have around for cold winter days. And sooner, or later, I bought a new microwave.

And, now, having discovered these twelve cool tricks, I'm pretty… read more

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Jan 06, 2011

Don't Shave Postcards and Softie Beards

created at: 01/06/2011

Perhaps you know someone planning to grow some epic facial hair in 2011. Or maybe you yourself need a bit of encourage to keep your hands off that Mach-3. Or, maybe you're a long time beard haver who just want to spread the gospel of whiskers.

Whatever the situation, you need to nab some of these "Don't Shave" postcards from Etsy seller I Made You a Beard. They're hand printed using vintage wooden letterpress type, and come on a nice rustic recycled kraft paper cardstock.

I Made You a Beard also sells these awesome felt and yarn… read more

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Jan 05, 2011

How to Make DIY Typographic Mugs

created at: 01/05/2011

I'm thankful I don't have a caffeine addiction. I really like coffee, and tea, (and, unfortunately, Coca Cola, but I try to avoid it the best I can), but promised myself I would never get in the habit of it defining my morning. 

But, I get it, especially in January. A warm, complex beverage to wrap your hands around, and savor. And I think it'd be even better enjoyed in a handmade, customized mug.

So, I kinda love this project by Design Mom. Like, love it a lot. Like, wish I'd known about those porcelain markers so I coulda come up with it myself. Cause if I had, this is exactly what I'd make… read more

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Jan 04, 2011

How To: Make DIY Shrinky Dinks

created at: 01/04/2011

I know it sounds weird, but over the holidays, I needed to use Shrinky Dinks for one of my gifts. See, I got my sweetheart a vacation, but you can't really wrap that up and put it under the tree. Plus, even if I put the travel arrangements in a box, that's only one gift, and not how I do things.

So, I came up with a series of clues and hints to slowly unveil what the ultimate present would be. Anyway, for one of them, I needed to make a Shrinky Dink.

I actually know how to make Shrinky Dinks, cause my science teacher parents always made us make our own instead of getting the cool California Raisin or Thundercats ones from the store. Which was pretty annoying when I was a kid, but kinda… read more

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Jan 04, 2011

How To: Make a Light Bulb Vase

created at: 01/04/2011

Though they're getting harder to find, and more unreasonable to use, you're likely to still have a few incandescent bulbs somewhere in your home. And when they fizzle out (which they will!), then what? Why, make an awesome vase, of… read more

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Dec 29, 2010

How To: Build an Igloo in your Backyard

created at: 12/29/2010

Today's been a day of snow and special places, so let's finish it up with the perfect combo: a handmade igloo in your very own backyard. I mean, it's cold outside, you've probably got some extra time off this week, and when it's all over, you've got an igloo in your backyard. Oh, and its free.

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Dec 28, 2010

The Wall St. Bull Sculpture Gets a Crafty Makeover

created at: 12/28/2010

Street artist Agata Olek gave Wall St. a present for Christmas: he crocheted a custom yarn shell for its Charging Bull sculpture.  "The iconic Charging Bull sculpture was itself an illegal installation when Arturo Di Modica initially installed it in front of Wall Street in 1989 following the crash of… read more

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Dec 27, 2010

45 Manly Hobbies

created at: 12/27/2010

This week, folks all over are figuring out whether or not to make a New Year's resolution, and if they do, what it might be. And we always support self-improvement. Yes, most of us could eat more healthfully, and be wiser about our spending.

But, this year, we encourage you to think about exploring new territories, rather than just doing the things you already do… read more

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Dec 23, 2010

How To: Make Homemade Marshmallows

created at: 12/22/2010

I actually don't think I like marshmallows. I mean, Lucky Charms are pretty good, and I don't mind a s'more once a year, but I say keep them away from my hot chocolate.

But, admittedly, I've never had real marshmallow. A light and fluffy, just-sweet-enough tasty treat whipped up at home. And looking at this recipe, I'm pretty sure I could be convinced… read more

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Dec 21, 2010

Tell Us Your Favorite Christmas Movie, and Win Free Stuff!

created at: 12/21/2010

This year, I've watched a total of twenty-one Christmas movies and Christmas specials. So far. There are still three essentials to come in the next few days.

I don't normally watch that much TV in three months, but there's something about seasonal specials that turns me into a couch potato, with a candy cane in my mouth, festively lit by my spinning light wheel.

I guess like I feel it's okay, cause I presume everybody does it. 

So, I'm hoping you'll prove me right, and I wanna give you something to say thanks. So, between right now and 11:59pm on December 25th, 2010, just tell us your favorite Christmas movie or television special, and you'll be entered to win one of five free copies of one our publications, Make It! Hardwareread more

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Dec 20, 2010

How To: Lots of Ideas to Make DIY Luminaries

created at: 12/20/2010

One of my favorite holiday memories is of making luminaries to light the walk on Christmas eve. We'd gather with the other kids from our church, and fill paper lunch bags with sand, and then set a candle and light up the sidewalks of the entire block. I was always amazed that the bags didn't catch on fire, but mostly, I was amazed they'd let me play with a lighter, which I was definitely not allowed to do at home.

But, paper bags and play sand aren't the only option for these holiday traditions, so here's a roundup of DIY luminaria with a little something for everyone. There's LEDs for the geeks, a wax for the… read more

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Dec 14, 2010

How To: Quick and Easy Hand-Printed Wrapping Paper

created at: 12/14/2010

I'm still keeping up with my handmade only Christmas gifts this year, which, if you ask me, means I also gotta create my own wrapping paper. I added a typographic punch to brown craft paper, and made a super fast hand drawn snowflake paper, but decided I needed a little color under my tree. Not wanting to spend a ton of time, I whipped up several sheets of mod hand-printed paper in under an hour. 

Here's how to… read more

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Dec 14, 2010

How To: Make a Bent Wood Bowl

created at: 12/14/2010

I'm an enormous fan of bent plywood furniture. The subtle curving shapes of the precedent-setting Eames chairs are amazing:

created at: 12/14/2010

And while it's not impossible to do at home, it would take a lot of gear, time, and money. Individual layers are steamed and then laminated (glued on top of each other) over two-sided forms, forming… read more

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Dec 10, 2010

How to Make 3D Paper Snowflakes

created at: 12/10/2010

Three or four years ago, these 3D paper snowflakes exploded all over the how-to and home decor blogosphere, and they've been an essential part of my holiday season ever since. I love the methodical tape slicing and paper cutting that perfectly matches a viewing of Christmas Vacation or Scrooged. This year, there's a total of sixteen hanging all over my home, and in case you haven't seen this how-to somewhere, I thought I'd… read more

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Dec 09, 2010

How To: Make an Amorphous Vase from a Styrofoam Cup

created at: 12/09/2010

These days, I rarely run into a styrofoam cup. And I'm quite thankful, as extruded polystyrene foam does not biodegrade for hundreds of years, and the its manufacturing process produces a whole buncha junk that no one wants in the air. So, when you come across one, what is there to do but sink your teeth around the rim?

Why, make these fancy shaped vases, of… read more

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