Man Made DIY


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Jul 25, 2011

How To: Make a Custom Leather Wallet from Scratch

For years, I've been saying [to myself, and probably to you at some point] "Man, I need to learn how to work with leather." I mean, that's like the historic manly craft, right? I kinda have to. 

Well, I believe I've found the project that's gonna get me there: this custom leather travel wallet project by Jepsen LeatherGoods.   … read more

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Jul 20, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: July 20, 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.

"Places I Haven't Been" by Evan Drolet Cook.… read more

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Jul 20, 2011

How to: Build a Rustic Wooden Coffee Table (from Scratch!)

I know, I know. Your $20 Ikea coffee table is fine. But, the thing is, I'm old now. I just turned 32, and 32-year olds have beautifully crafted, handmade, coffee tables. I think it's something we're legally compelled to do. Look it up on Wikipedia.

created at: 07/20/2011


To start out our project, we needed some pretty wood to form the top and second shelf of the table. While at an antiques fair in Massachusetts, my lovely wife found three sets of wooden cigar rollers. Since they came in sets of two, we'd have three for the two levels of coffee table goodness.

created at: 07/20/2011

Next, we needed the rest of the crap to put it all together. It's best, when doing a… read more

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Jul 18, 2011

How to: Make a Bendy Straw Rocket Launcher

Sometimes, the most fun craft projects are just stylish reinterpretations of the stuff you already know about.

'Member how fun it is to (still) shoot your straw wrapper across the table at your significant other, because she's awesome, and doesn't care about stuff like that, and will probably shoot hers back at you? Well, why not apply the same principle, and make a rocket?   … read more

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Jul 15, 2011

Weekend Project: How to Make a Succulent Table from a Recycled Pallet

This straightforward DIY table has all the essential elements: upcycling, pallets, woodworking, plants, power tools, all wrapped up in a perfect mid-summer vibe.

Megan says, "Can you believe that our latest DIY project was once just a couple of junky pallets and some scrappy table legs?  Crazy…if I didn’t have photos, I wouldn’t believe it myself.  Not too long ago, we whipped out a coffee table sized succulent table out of an old shipping crate.  Now we scaled it up."

 

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Jul 12, 2011

How to: Build a Water Rocket from Plastic Bottles

As a kid, my favorite checkout line toy was always the water rocket. You know, that egge shaped thing you'd fill with water, then attach to the little tube, and pump the plunger to force air into it so it'd shoot up crazy high and fast? My sister always liked the Silly Putty, and we both enjoyed the sidewalk chalk and a good, old fashioned squirt gun fight, but the water rocket? That made an impact. It shot up in the air with surprise. And, you could show off how strong you were by putting some muscle into that pressure buildup!   … read more

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Jul 08, 2011

I Freaking Love These: Retro Electronics Made from Paper

I try my best not to just throw up pretty pictures and go on and on about how much I love them, but for these paper sculptures of vintage electronics, I have to make an exception.

Cause I do. Love them, I mean.

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Jul 07, 2011

Creative Gift Guide: 77 Tools and Design Gifts for Makers and Artists

created at: 07/07/2011

For me, summer is that most creative and productive of seasons. It's a good 10° in my basement workspace, so it's not tough to head down there and start making stuff. Plus, the long days, good light, and warm weather means you can work outside more, paint dries faster, and everything's just a bit more inspiring.   … read more

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Jul 06, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: July 6, 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.

I do this regularly.   … read more

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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 fireworks!   … 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 this."   … 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 fact.

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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 go.

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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 anyone.   … 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 (unison): Wow.

      created at: 06/23/2011   … read 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 dimension.   … 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 how to do it:   … 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 keep at it.   … 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 staples.… read more

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