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Sep 08, 2011

How to: DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe (at Home and on the Cheap!)

It's September, friends, and for many, that means the return of the fall favorites, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Though rumor has it that you can actually get these year 'round if you just ask, they're certainly just right for autumn time, and the kind of thing you wanna drink this time of year. And it turns out, you can make them at home. So, whether you want to enjoy instead of braving the blustery autumnal winds, or wanna save some serious cash, you can whip some up any day of the week, at home and on the… read more

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Sep 08, 2011

16 Fun Mustache DIY Crafts and Projects

I'm sorta on the fence with the mustache crafts. On the one hand, they're plenty trendy, and on the other, they sorta know their silly, and embrace it. Which is important, cause anyone that takes crafting too seriously is cruising for a glue gun-induced bruising. So, while I'll probably never create an original mustache-y craft how-to, I'm more than happy to share the clever work of… read more

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Sep 07, 2011

DIY Recipe: How to Make Vanilla Almond Milk from Scratch

created at: 09/06/2011

I’m all about fugality when it comes to making things at home. If I can save a few bucks here and there, I’m for it, for its own sake. And then there's the other obvious benefit to being crafty in the kitchen: you know exactly what’s going into your food. 

Such items like nut and soy milks can get pretty expensive, and though they may be quoted as organic, there are still additives to extend shelf life. The result is a lackluster product that usually falls short of the “make at home” kind of stuff. Which, on the other hand, is rich, creamy, and will keep a few dollars in your pocket to splurge on some really awesome summer produce or other seasonal… read more

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Sep 07, 2011

How To: Make Crunchy Asian Pickled Green Beans

created at: 08/29/2011

I’ve been doing a lot of canning this summer because I really like the combined elements of food and craft. Plus, there’s something to be said about looking at a cupboard full of preserved fruits and vegetables in your kitchen during the middle of some future snow storm. There’s no better feeling. But what about your lonely fridge that’s craving some of-the-moment produce right now? That's what fridge pickling is for. No bulky canning tools, worrying about acidity levels, or boiling water necessary. Instead, you replace those with the satisfaction of getting to eat your produce the next day by following a few simple steps

Some people like to pickle cucumbers, but to me there is nothing better than a crunchy pickled green bean. Add some Asian flavors, and you won't be able to keep your hands out of… read more

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Sep 06, 2011

Why Men Die Before Women... (14 Photos)

I know, I know...this is a little email forward-y. But, I've made a lot of mistakes when DIYing and making stuff, and have had to start over from silly errors, or being underly cautious. I guess it makes me feel better to know that at least I didn't do this:

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Sep 06, 2011

How To: Make Stitched & Stenciled Handmade Greeting Cards

created at: 08/31/2011

I may be a crafty guy, but my drawing skills are basically nonexistent. I can barely draw a stick figure that would be discernible to the average eye. Or, maybe it's just that my artistic skills are so abstract that no one understands them. Yeah, I'll go with that. Regardless, spray paint is much more my game-it's simple to use, and hard to screw up.

That being said, it can be frustrating to get crafty when spray painting is the extent of your artistic ability. I love my colorful aerosol cans, but they can only do so much. This is where my new best friend, stencils,… read more

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Sep 06, 2011

Incredible Handmade Paper Objects and Gadgets

UK artist Jennifer Collier creates "fabrics" from recycled paper, and then uses them to recreate household objects. "The papers are treated as if cloth, with the main technique employed being stitch; a contemporary twist on traditional textiles. The papers themselves serve as both the inspiration and the media for my work, with the narrative of the books and papers suggesting the forms."

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Sep 05, 2011

How To: Make Bacon Popcorn

created at: 08/29/2011

I love bacon. No surprises there. It’s amazing and it goes with everything—eggs, brussel sprouts, waffles, relish; the list goes on and on...

The truth is: everyone loves bacon. And with good reason. It's salty, smoky, fatty, crispy...and straight delicious So, why not merge it with something equally awesome, like popcorn? That’s right. It's happening, and it's really effing awesome. So, loosen your belt a few notches and get ready to dig… read more

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Sep 02, 2011

How to: Build a Custom Craft Table

created at: 09/02/2011

My friends Lish and Nick are one of those couples that just make sense. They're a great fit - he's a hacker, she's a crafter - and you can tell they really just like each other. Their home has gotta be just one of those places you wanna hang out, especially now that they just built this custom crafting table to house and work on all their… read more

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Sep 01, 2011

Ditch the Frame: 5 Alternative Ways to Hang Art

On the hanging art spectrum, there are two extremes. There's the framed, matte-hung art that makes everything from a postcard to a painting look, well, like art. Then there's the bedroom classic of a poster stuck into drywall with thumbtacks or onto cinder blocks with sticky tack.

And in my house...neither really works. Posters look too much like a dorm room, but frames are just a bit too… read more

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Sep 01, 2011

Guy Makes Amazing Chewbacca Suit from Scratch

Even if you're not huge into Star Wars, or a fan of dressing up like characters from movies and comic books (I'm not either), you gotta appreciate the care and creativity that goes into creating such an ambitious project. The boots include stilts that get the wearer up to wookie… read more

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Aug 31, 2011

How To: DIY Pantry Recycling Center Makeover

I know it's not cool to say so, but I hate recyling. Or maybe it's more accurate to say I'm incompetent at it. I forget to take it out on time, I get plastics and papers mixed up, and trash things when I should recycle them and vice versa. So it's no surprise that our kitchen recycling area has long been an embarrassment:

created at: 08/31/2011

That's how our 'recycling center' used to look. Note the problems: 

  1. General disaster
  2. Sorting?
  3. Shallow pantry means the doors won't close when it's in this state
  4. How many brown paper bags does a guy need?

Well, after an inspiring trip to my local True Value store, I decided this was a solvable situation. I searched the internet far and wide for some recyling bins I could just buy, but our 10-inch-deep pantry made that very difficult.

When I spotted some sheets of white corrugated plastic at True Value (we're in their 2011 Blog Squad), a lightbulb went off: I could… read more

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Aug 30, 2011

This Weekend I Made: DIY Magic Wands, a Table from Trash, and Some Seriously Tasty Kimchi

I was lucky enough to escape town on Thursday and Friday, and get in a tiny trip before the official end of summer and at least pretend like I got to go on vacation. So, after a day of seriously awesome roller coasting and generally ignoring work related things, I came home rested, refreshed, and ready to make stuff. So I did.

created at: 08/30/2011

Magic Wands. A few months ago, my uncle picked up a very old lathe from a friend who's dad owned it before he passed away. My uncle offered it to me, and it took a bit to get things working again, but I finally got it running and all the collets and morse tapers figured out, and fired it up. 

It should here be noted that I have never used a lathe, and had zero idea what I was doing. So, I started with some blocks from the scrap bin, and just started learning to use the tools. I wasn't really ready to turn something useful, so I just took my time spinning down different spindles and tapers, and just learning what's possible. By the time I was done, I had some pretty thin cylinders that, well, resembled a magic wand. So, though I'm no geek crafter or con attender, I thought my niece and nephew might like to have a wand each to stupefy and expelliarmus each other, so I finished 'em as such. You guys, turning is fun, and delightfully messy. Expect more… read more

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Aug 30, 2011

How To: Repair Denim Jeans at Home

created at: 08/30/2011

Denim jeans were invented to be the pants of hard work: durable, long lasting, and flexible. And most of a pair of jeans do last that long; has anyone ever had the part covering your shin or calf shread? But denim does tend to wear along stress points: the knees, the cuffs, the crotch, and the inner thigh.

If you've made a significant investment in a pair that are just worn in these high friction areas, they can be easily repaired at home. Andrew Chen of 3Sixteen and the Self Edge shop shows you how to fix 'em up good as new in this helpful… read more

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Aug 29, 2011

How To: Make a LEGO Skull

These days, it's more common to have several series of specialized LEGO contraptions (pulleys, gears, ray guns, etc), rather than a collection of bricks to be assembled into all sorts of shapes and… read more

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Aug 24, 2011

How To: Take 360° Photographs

Take a look at these awe-(and dizziness?) inducing 360° photographs, and you'll likely think it's the product of some multi-thousand dollar lens, or at least some very clever photoshopping.

Turns out, it's not. You can create the effect with even the most basic of point-and-shoot cameras and a… read more

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Aug 24, 2011

How To: Make a DIY R2D2 Scooter or Bike Helmet

The simple, giant Tic-Tac with arms shape of everyone's favorite astromech droid, R2D2, is ripe for translating the bleepblooper's visage onto all sorts of similarly shaped objects, such as desk lamps, pumpkins, and mailboxes.

But, my favorite, by far, is this clever (and safe!) R2D2 treatment of a scooter helmet. Like the best craft projects, it looks way more complicated than it is: some clever taping and spraypaint, and just a single addition of PVC pipe. Genius,… read more

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Aug 22, 2011

How to Print DIY Patterned Fabric

It can be tough to find attractive, masculine-friendly pattern fabric at your local craft store. The solids are usually safe, but save for a tiny check or two, most of the stores are a sea of shiny lamé, pastel animal prints, or, worse, the supposedly masculine-y flamed fleece or sports team prints.

Or, perhaps you simply can't find fabric that matches a room or space...anyone who's ever looked can attest: it can be tough.

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Aug 17, 2011

9 Must-Make Salsa Recipes to Match Any Dish

created at: 08/17/2011

It's no secret here on ManMade that I'm eternally in love with the food and flavors of Mexico. I just think there's something about the flavors of chiles, corn, lime, and cilantro that simply meshes with my palette.

And while I love a tender, toothsome fresh tortilla as much as anyone, and I'll gladly give an unnecessary bodily organ for a slow roasted cochinita pibil, the defining characteristic of Mexican flavors, for me, is… read more

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Aug 17, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: August 17, 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 new trend at this year's state fairs? Deep fried butter. Check out the video to learn more, and maybe decide it's not as bad as it sounds...… read more

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