Man Made DIY


Oct 18, 2011

Woven Plastic Cup Sculptures by John Mars

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 10/17/2011

Here's an idea: After your next party, instead of throwing away all those ubiquitous red plastic cups, make some art out of them.… read more


Oct 17, 2011

10 Make-Ahead Breakfasts to Start Your Day Off Right

Yep, you learned it in first grade, and it's still true: breakfast is important. It's an investment in efficiency - you'll end up eating less during the day, saving you money and calories, and it can actually help you lose weight by supporting your metabolism, and remedy nights of restless sleep. And for creative types, its essential for your mind and body to have the resources they need to be their most productive. Plus, you know, breakfast foods are delicious.

But, of course, they can present the "ultimate Catch-22[.] Without breakfast, we are not fully awake. But to prepare breakfast requires more than a dollop of alertness. Boiling water for poached eggs, hot butter for pancakes — the hazards! And the time — who has the time? Let us help you. Bypass the morning Catch-22, and make your breakfast the night before." … read more


Oct 17, 2011

7 Types of Creative Block...and What To Do About Them

Whether you're a full-time creative professional, a passionate pastime artist, or simply a dabbler, it's gonna happen. The creative block - that blank page, empty canvas, one-line melody, uncut yard of fabric, that time where all you wanna do (or have to) is create something, and you just can't get started...or worse, finished.

But not all creative blocks are equal. They could come from a lack of ideas, but also from your own health or emotional wellness, work habits, or even communication. So, in order to become more productive, you first gotta understand what sort of block you have. Which, to me, recalls this classic interchange from Empire Records:

Mark: Hey, Lucas. I've decided I'm going to start a band. … read more


Oct 17, 2011

How to: Make a Turnable Rubik's Cube Dresser

We've seen vintage toy-inspired furniture before, such as the giant LEGO storage boxes, or this colorful Tetris bookshelf, but this Rubik's Cube shaped chest of drawers is truly brilliant. The quality of the work is amazing, and it actually rotates and turns (at least on the X-axis). But most importantly, its creator and designer shares step-by-step instructions to show you how it was put together, and so you can make on yourself!   … read more


Oct 17, 2011

Steve Jobs Portrait Made Entirely out of MacBook Parts

created at: 10/16/2011


Since Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, there has been an incredible array of artistic tributes to the man that gave so many creative folks the tools to express themselves. I, for one, have been an Apple fanatic since September 15, 1994, the day my family got our first computer: a Power Macintosh 7100. That day also happened to be my 11th birthday. But I digress.… read more


Oct 13, 2011

18 Clever Uses of the New Facebook Timeline

A few weeks ago, Facebook announced their new "Timeline." The company explained it like this: "The original Profile was sort of like the last five minutes of your life. The updated Proile from 2008 extended that to show what was sort of like the last 15 minutes or your life. The new Profile unveiled today is “the rest,” Zuckerberg noted. He calls this feature Timeline. "It’s the heart of your Facebook experience, completely rethought from the ground up,” Zuckerberg says, noting that they’ve been working on it all year. “Timeline is the story of your life.”

Several technology gifted souls have already embraced the new profile design to great effect.

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Oct 13, 2011

Beautiful Swear Words

created at: 10/13/2011

Artist T Mercy draws a new swear word, by hand, know for fun, and practice and #@$!. 

created at: 10/13/2011   … read more


Oct 13, 2011

Cardboard People by Anton Tang

created at: 12/01/2010

Singapore-based photographer Anton Tang created these delightful photographs, and placinc cardboard figures around his city, capturing all sorts of imagined humorous and touching moments.

He says, ""There are times when many of us would like to cover our heads with a cardboard box and shield ourselves from the outside world. Other times, we walk around feeling as if we're enclosed in such packaging anyway - like faceless, boxed-up products on an assembly line."

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Oct 13, 2011

The World's Largest Wood Type

created at: 10/11/2011

Over the past year I've developed quite a fascination with printmaking: letterpress, woodcut, screenprinting…the list goes on. Never before, however, have I seen printing at such a large scale.… read more


Oct 12, 2011

How to: Make Queso Fresco (or Any Fresh Cheese) at Home

created at: 10/12/2011

My buddy Adam works at an awesome farm, and through all his deliveries and CSAs and interactions, he comes across all kinds of local goodies. So, sometimes he'll show up at my door with a box of veggies, some artisinal foodstuffs, or the best - a gallon of fresh, non-homogenized milk. It's usually stored in some random container, not the packaged stuff the dairy sells in the store. and though I have no idea if it's raw or not - since it's illegal in many places, including where I live - it doesn't taste like it taste when I buy the same product at the market. So, let's just assume it's as minimally processed as possible, which is fine by me. It tastes amazing - it's sorta grassy, but creamy, and basically...tastes like milk should taste.

So, this isn't the kind of thing you wanna just pour on your cereal, or dunk your cookies. It deserves something special.

Like homemade queso fresco, the ultimate expression of fresh farmer's cheese. If you don't have access to special milk, don't worry; it's still delicious to make at home, and way less expensive that buying it in the store. Here's how:   … read more

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