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May 16, 2011

How To: Make Geektastic Pendant Lights from Circuit Boards

If you've hung around the DIY blogosphere for any amount of time, you most likely learned one thing above all others: anything can be made into a lamp.

That, of course, doesn't mean you should turn everything into a lamp...I once saw one created from an old 1970s teddy bear that was so awful I actually had a nightmare about it. Literally, this thing haunted my… read more

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May 13, 2011

Am I Wearing Pants?

created at: 05/13/2011

Okay...so, this is not necessarily for men. In fact, it's specifically not addressed to guys. But as passive observers of the crazy places that women's bottom-oriented clothing are going, it's a good 101 to learning about what in the world is going on.

And it's really… read more

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May 13, 2011

Bicycle-Powered Sewing Machine Makes Cycling Caps (Video)

In this era of fully-functioning computers built into our telephone, high-tech touchscreen surfaces, and 3D televisions at home, it's nice to appreciate the simple machines in our lives. Those made from simple wheels, cogs, chains. I mean, I love my iPhone as much as the next guy, but I'm way more in awe of my bandsaw, the box fan that's keeping my office bearable, and my two favorite machines: my bike and my sewing… read more

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May 13, 2011

How To: Make a Steampunk Mr. Potato Head

Last summer, a Flickr photoset of Spudnik, a handcrafted, Steampunk-style Mr. Potato Head, made its way onto ManMade. Now, even more excitingly, its creator, Sarita, shows you how to make your… read more

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May 13, 2011

Depressing Tax Returns Become Beautiful Rolled Paper Art

Artist Nava Lubelski creates these organic, molecule-like rolled paper installations from tax return… read more

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May 12, 2011

Before and After: Casey's Masculine Loft Makeover

Casey recently bought a unit in the Minneapolis loft where he'd been renting, and gave it a very fine… read more

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May 12, 2011

How To: Make Giant Cross Stitch Wall Art

Recently, ReadyMade hosted the RM100, a "contest to celebrate 100 ingenious and beautiful DIY projects submitted to their host of savvy judges." My favorite of the bunch is this clever, easy, and big-impact oversized cross stitch art. I love the colors, and the 3D effect created with two layers ofread more

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May 12, 2011

Video: Jell-O Bouncing at 6,200 Frames Per Second

created at: 05/12/2011

I'm sure you'd guess that dropping a dollop of Jell-O and filming it with a super high-speed camera would look pretty cool, but I never imagined it would look this amazing.

I could watch this all… read more

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May 12, 2011

Man Builds an Entire Home Gym from Car Parts

Perhaps you're there for the standard oil change. Maybe you need new tires, a timing belt replaced, or worse, major engine work. Whatever the reason you're visiting the auto body shop, you're stuck there for the time being. Those dudes in the blue jump suit are holding your car hostage, until they've had their fill of upcharging you and overpriced filter changes.

So, what to do when you're hanging out, hoping the parts and labor will still allow you to eat this month.

You… read more

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May 11, 2011

How To: Make Tree Branch Magnets

created at: 05/11/2011

Last summer, in the midst of the August showers, a neighboring building lost a beautiful maple tree in a major thunderstorm. It was quickly disassembled by the electric company, presumably so it wouldn't fall onto the power lines. And there it sat. For weeks.

Then, a month or so later, I heard a loud grind out of my open windows (horray for open window weather!), and spied a big truck with a wood chipper in their yard.

"Surely," I thought, "they're just gonna grind up the small stuff and use the trunk for something." But, they just kept throwing in big, beautiful chunks of pure hardwood, turning it into mulch. I immediately rushed out and asked if I could have what hadn't been chopped.

The guy was very hesitant (apparently no one had ever proposed such a crazy thing), but allowed me to escape with an armful straight limbs and branches (sadly, no trunk segments) as long as I promised not to tell anyone. So, don't repeat that.

My branches have been seasoning and drying all fall and winter, and are now ready to be turned into all kinds of fun "bring the outdoors in" projects. First up, these playful tree branch magnets which cost a mere $1.00 and some glue to make, and can be whipped up in less… read more

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