Man Made DIY


Jul 19, 2012

Fold Me You Will: Make an Origami Yoda from a Single Sheet of Paper

If the elementary school rumors are to be believed, it's only possible to fold a single sheet of paper a maximum of eight times. This fun origami project takes a solid eighty-two folds, and makes one seriously sweet little Jedi master that would look excellent perched on top of your desk, a shelf, or anywhere that needs a pop of handmade color.   … read more


Jul 19, 2012

Behind the Scenes at ManMade: My Top Ten Tools and Tech

created at: 07/19/2012

This week, my pal Gregory, tech editor at the always amazing Apartment Therapy, invited me to participate in their My Tech Top Ten, where writers, artists, designers, and other creatives share the gear and tools that help them do their work and stay organized.   … read more


Jul 18, 2012

How to: Make Sriracha Lollipops

created at: 07/18/2012

Sriracha, that addictive blend of chiles, garlic, vinegar, and sweetness is experiencing a shot at ubiquity, and I couldn't be more thankful. It's good enough to eat out of the bottle...standing in front of your 1:30 in the morning...squirted directily into your mouth. Or something.

But more excitingly, it's also now being incorporated… read more


Jul 18, 2012

A Papercraft Cheeseburger

If last week's nearly 100% bacon burger was a little too intense (as it should have been), then allow us to step back in the other direction - an expertly crafted burger made exclusively from colored construction paper, complete with all the trimmings.   … read more


Jul 18, 2012

How to: Create a Realistic Letterpress Effect Using Photoshop

Stock image site Shutterstock offers a helpful and in-depth tutorial for creating a realistic letter press effect on your digital images using Photoshop. I've seen several of these over the past few years, and this is, by far, the most effective and paper-texture like tutorial yet. It even has a technique for making embossed, non-inked designs, one of the hallmarks of great letterpress prints.   … read more


Jul 17, 2012

Why Is It So Hard to Make Friends After 30?

I don't think I ever officially announced this on ManMade, but one month ago today, I turned 30. I won't bore you with reflections (but if you wanna know how I feel about it, feel free to email me), but it certainly makes articles such as this great piece by Alex Williams much more engaging.

In "Friends of a Certain Age," Williams seeks to explore why it be tough to make new friends - real friends, confidants - after you leave college and other proximity-based experiences of early adulthood (roommates, casual dating, etc).   … read more


Jul 17, 2012

Typewiches: A Site about Sandwiches and Typography

created at: 07/17/2012

Jackie, you and I are on the same page. That page being: some things are way more than just the sum of their parts. And in this case, those parts are two of our very favorites: type and sandwiches.

Typewiches is a new project by Jackie Ngo, a "hungry lady, who loves Sandwiches,… read more


Jul 16, 2012

Roundup: 20+ Ways to Use a Pocketknife

created at: 07/16/2012

I am not a regular pocket knife carrier. I own one; it's in a dresser drawer and I get it out whenever I go camping, or I manage to take a package or box upstairs and need to open it. So, like twice a year.

But, I imagine I reach for something sharp and/or pointy and/or thin and stiff at least three times a day. And after reading this list, I'm thinking maybe I might need to add a small pocketknife to my watch, keys, and other daily carries.   … read more


Jul 16, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Typographic Rug

These days, with home prototyping and laser cutters widely available, artists are using these new tools to come up with all kinds of custom, stylish projects.

But it's still awesome whenever someone figures out how to make some that looks machine-cut complicated, but is actually done at home with simple tools and techniques. Like this "type" rug, which, while looking awesome and loopily abstract, actually says, "type."   … read more


Jul 16, 2012

The Choice Cuts of Potato

You rattle off which end a rib or loin stake comes from, and can demonstrate the difference between baby back and St. Louis-cut ribs on your own torso.

But do you know which cut of potato is best for scalloped and which for the crispiest hash browns?   … read more

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