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Nov 21, 2014

Seriously Awesome Film Posters for Non-Existent Movie Sequels

"Sequel" is a project on Iam8bit where designers and graphic artists create movie posters for imagined sequels to some of their favorite… read more

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Nov 21, 2014

How to: Make A Self-Watering Concrete Planter

Self Watering Concrete Planter Nothing brings an upscale quality to a room like a little plant life. This masculine concrete planter design features an automatic irrigation system using an old wine bottle. It's simple and down to earth with a hip recycling vibe. Plus it's all made for around $10 in supplies...   

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Nov 20, 2014

How to: Make a Rustic and Stylish Coat Rack

created at: 11/20/2014

My current home has no closets. No coat closet, no linen closet, no bathroom storage...not even a kitchen pantry. Which, once you find a place for the towels and the sheets and the food processor, is okay in the summer, but since fall and winter have set, we're starting to have a serious pileup of coats, boots, hats, sweaters, and other cold weather… read more

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Nov 20, 2014

Visit Roadside America: The Southwest Edition

created at: 11/17/2014A little bit of research about roadside attractions in America will yield a host of unique and bizarre results. So here are a couple unique sites located off the beaten path that are worth visiting in the American Southwest.   

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Nov 20, 2014

How to: DIY Large-Scale Pop Wall Art

You know that big empty wall in your house that needs a nice "pop" of art and color? We say fill it up! And you're gonna go for it, might as well go big.… read more

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Nov 19, 2014

How to: Make a Wooden Bedside Phone Rest

created at: 11/16/2014

Don't you hate it when you're ready to plug in your phone for the night and the dang cable has fallen off your night stand and into the void between your bed and the wall? Yea, so did I until I invented this lovely walnut Phone Throne!  … read more

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Nov 19, 2014

DIY Idea: Master Bedroom Ceiling Upgrade

Ceiling Upgrade

Adding character to a room can take quite a bit of work, sometimes it's crown moulding or new windowsills. Then there are the bold upgrades that make a room stand out. This project turns a plain ceiling into something worth showing… read more

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Nov 19, 2014

Make a Holiday Card Display from Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed Wood Holiday Card DisplayWhen I was a kid, my family would try multiple times a year whenever we were dressed up for something to wrangle all my siblings together in order to snap a family Christmas card. As a result the thought of holiday cards always carried the feeling of minor annoyance that I was being kept from a very important game of freeze-tag.  

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Nov 18, 2014

How to: Pack the Perfect Overnight Bag for a Weekend Away

Weekend Drive Gear

This time of year, I almost always find myself looking for a reason to drive.  There's something exceptional about the fall foliage, misty weather, and changing of the seasons. I like to keep a simple bag of gear packed up in case my wanderings turn into an overnight… read more

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Nov 17, 2014

6 Simple Tools Every DIYer Needs

created at: 11/16/2014

Have you ever had to cook dinner at a friend's kitchen only to find out they don't even own a cutting board? Not only have I had that happen for me, I've noticed this kind of thing happening in my friend's workshops. It's easy to get caught up in making things and overlook some essential tools that can really help you get things done right.… read more

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Nov 17, 2014

How to: Make Multi-Purpose Cord from Nettles

Nettle Cordage

Nettles grow just about anywhere that's left alone long enough, which is why it's great to learn about their multiple uses. This photographic tutorial from Nature's Secret Larder shows you how to easily weave tight cords in the wild for things like twine and fishing… read more

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Nov 17, 2014

Holiday Gift Idea: Aluminum Photo Prints

Aluminum Prints

With the holidays right around the corner, the search for perfect gifts is underway in force. Spring for something memorable like these aluminum printed photos from… read more

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Nov 14, 2014

How to: Make Retro Pixel Art Cutting Boards

Pixel Art Chopping BoardEvery man needs a cutting board and a good, solid one always ups the ante of the kitchen's quality. Inspired by the impressive designs of 1337motifthis step-by-step guide from Instructable's community member 1up Living shows you how to create your own cutting board with some vintage video game inspiration.    … read more

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Nov 13, 2014

Giveaway: Win a Free Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer from The Home Depot ($1000+ value)

created at: 11/12/2014This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

I use a lot of sharp things in my projects ... and I have the scars on my hands to prove it. See, most of my creative work involves taking some raw material, cutting it, shaping it, and then putting it in relation to other cut and shaped materials. A piece of hardwood through the table saw, paper cut by scissors, a carrot chopped by a chef's knife, a linoleum carving block sliced away for printmaking. Each uses different techniques, but are all, at their core, intentional material manipulation.   

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Nov 13, 2014

How to: Fund Your Own Epic Travels + Adventures

created at: 11/10/2014Five years ago I found a tiny grant through a journalism fellowship so that I could shoot a documentary short about sex-trafficking in South Africa during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Four years ago I found some small financial aids to help me study the Lakota language, and three years ago my brother and I found a grant through his college that helped fund our dream of rafting the entire Mississippi River.  

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