Man Made DIY


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… read more


Jun 23, 2011

Ten Myths about Introverts

created at: 06/23/2011

It comes as no suprise that many artists and creative types are introverts. Creativity is all about ideas, and artists connect to others on the basis of ideas. Which is, basically, the definition of introversion - one views the world from the inside, and draws energy from being alone or with a small group of people, and then uses that energy to operate within the outside world.

The concern is, most introverts don't know they are, and so they don't do the work that restores them and take the time to reenergize. Creative work allows for that rest to happen, even if we're crazy… read more


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.

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Jun 23, 2011

Guy Builds the World's Tallest Sandcastle

created at: 06/23/2011

Ed Jarret has recently completed the world's tallest sandcastle on a beach in Farmington, CT. It took about six weeks to pile up the sand, and eleven days to sculpt it into shape. It's constructed from more than a million pounds of sand and 5,000 hours of combined labor, it sits at 35 ft. tall, and was built entirely to raise cash for charity.

Click play to watch a timelapse of this guy being… read more


Jun 22, 2011

Help! I Need a New Book. Please Recommend (and Win Free Stuff!)

created at: 06/22/2011

I'm normally a pretty active reader, but for some reason, I'm voracious this summer. I regularly keep both a stack of to-be-reads and a ongoing list (Listography is awesome), and I'm gonna kill that tonight. Dead. All checked off. That's never happened before.

So, I need a new book, and I figured I might as well ask you fine people for… read more


Jun 22, 2011

People You Know...When They Were Young(er)

created at: 06/22/2011

I'm no celeb-o-phile, but for some reason, it's fun to look at pictures of famous people when they were young. Not like yearbook pictures of a-list celebs, but, like, youthful art photos and headshots of established actors. Part of it must be, for those of us born after their movie careers started, it's cool to see that the people that you wanna hang out with now were probably awesome back in the day, too. 

created at: 06/22/2011

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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… read more


Jun 22, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: June 22, 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.

Well, I know what I'm doing… read more


Jun 22, 2011

The Arty Bollocks Generator

created at: 06/22/2011

You know when you go to an artist's website or museum, and they have their artist statement or exhibit explaination, and it's full of nice fancy language? Those are hard to write. One, because you're in a museum, and you have to sound smart; and two, it's hard to write about a visceral, sensory experience. I'm not gonna break out the old "it's like dancing about architecture..." trope, but it's, well, kinda like...hopscotching for social justice? Napping for typography? Riding bikes for cancer? (Actually, they do that... Speaking of which, I gotta get into… read more


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… read more


Jun 21, 2011

Diagram of Geek Culture

Regarding passions, hobbies, preferences, etc, I've come to believe one thing: everybody's a geek about something. It's just that some areas, like sports, fashion, cars, celebrities, are more socially acceptable. But, knowing a lot about the things you're passionate about is awesome, and I'm glad folks get excited.

So, while I think it's only fair that most informed people own the geek title, I still think Julianna's concept map is tops.

Click here to see it in all its… read more


Jun 21, 2011

Bike Beats: Music Made with Only a Bicycle

created at: 06/21/2011

Pop quiz: Name a song about bikes. Go ahead...I'll wait.


Okay, ready? Whatcha come up with? That old one about Daisy and the bicycle built for two? Or either of those two Queen songs?

Is that it? Well, no, probably not. But they sure are the ones that spring to mind for most of us. Until now.

Sound designer and composer Roger Lima created this infectious tune using sounds and samples from an actual bicycle.

Watch this video to… read more


Jun 21, 2011

Summer Ales and Winter Lagers: Why are Beers Seasonal?

created at: 06/21/2011

Whenever I'm out and about, and opt to have a beer, my go-to move is to ask, "What are your seasonals." They way I figure it, the independent and micro breweries that craft seasonal beers do this as their profession. It's their job to match the flavors and textures of beer to those of the season - the weather, the ingredients available, the kind of food we eat. And while I have a few year-round staples, I've found I always get what I want by inquiring re: seasonals.… read more


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… read more


Jun 20, 2011

Deep Fried Kool-Aid. It's a thing.

created at: 06/20/2011

It's June, which means it's fair season. And fair season means it's putting-weird-things-in-the-deep-fryer season.

Surely, plenty of both solid sweet and savory items have taken a turn in the fryer, but what about liquids? Like Kool-Aid?

Apparently, it can… read more


Jun 20, 2011

Bold, Graphic Art Made from Electrical Tape

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 06/20/2011

The first time I ever played with colored PVC (electrical) tape was in decaling my Pinewood Derby car in Cub Scouts. I didn't win any races, but I did get prizes for best design. Go figure.

It was one of the few successful collaborations between my grandfather and I, so that was notable in itself, but I remember getting reall excited that you could cut designs out of this stuff and make your own little single color stickers. Ever since then, a five-pack of colored PVC tape has stayed in my craft-y toolbox, ready to be used for both sticking stuff together and making it look awesome.

That said, Chris Hosmer is way better at it than me. The Shanghai-based designer creative bold, graphic portraits exclusively from electrical tape on cardboard, drywall, skateboard decks, and… read more


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… read more


Jun 16, 2011

Playing with Potholes

Canadian artist couple Claudia Ficca and Davide Luciano have creative MyPotholes, a series of photographs that places the useless and often harmful pothole into all sorts of inspiring and productive contexts.

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Jun 16, 2011

Cartoon Dads as Beer Cans - Guess Them All!

In honor of Father's Day, EveryGuyed and Moxy Creative whipped up this homage to animated dads, depicted as beer cans.

Can you name them… read more


Jun 16, 2011

How to Make an X-Wing Fighter from Office Supplies

A Day-At-The-Office Choose Your Own Adventure

You're at work. Sitting there, staring out the window. Then, check the clock, back at the window. Pretend to write an email. Clock, window, then get up to use the restroom. Then, you play around in your office supply drawer, and say to yourself "Boy, I should clean that."

Do you:

A) Go back to staring out the window. At least you have one...

B) Work

C) Actually clean and organize your drawer

D) Use the stuff in said drawer to make an… read more

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