Man Made DIY


Dec 12, 2011

Super Tiny Food Art!

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 12/12/2011

All food is better in mini form! Or on sticks. Perferably both.

Artist/chef Mr. Fang makes these incredible miniature food creations, each small enough to fit on a quarter.created at: 12/12/2011

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Dec 09, 2011

How to: Make Colorful Snowflakes from Trash!

created at: 12/09/2011

The clever Michele of Michele Made Me shows you how to cut these intricate, colorful snowflake, created from something we all have way too much of already...   … read more


Dec 09, 2011

Amazing Photos of Paint Being Dropped into Water

The cover of my tenth grade chemistry book was featured three graduated beakers full of blue liquid, into which bold, colorful liquids were being dropped, blooming and swirling wih clouds. I used to stare at it during tests when I'd forget my stoichiometry; perhaps to calm myself, or maybe because I was hoping I'd magically absorb the info inside.

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Dec 09, 2011

Cheeseburger Wrapping Paper Set

There's only one thing better than getting a nice, tall stack of gifts...getting a nice, tall stack of cheeseburgerly wrapped gifts. The project is the first effort of Gift Couture,… read more


Dec 08, 2011

How to: Dry Age Steak at Home

created at: 12/08/2011

If you've ever had an expertly cooked, dry-aged steak at a restaurant, you can certainly tell the difference between that experience and those you can buy at the grocery store and cook at home. Dry aging removes up to 25% of the water, leaving behind all the flavorful compounds and concentrating the beef-y flavor.

Turns out, you can apply the same that steak houses use, at home, turning your supermarket cut into a thing of wonder.   … read more


Dec 08, 2011

50 Unexplainable Black and White Photos

Earlier this year, the internet begat a fascinating new web project, Black and White and WTF?

The site is a collection of very bizarre, and usually unexplained images from photography's earliest days, and it's charm centers on the fact that photos in those days were not commonplace and quite expensive. These images were just bizarre things that someone captured with a camera phone, but intentional situations captured or created by professional photographers...or, very weird and wealthy amateurs. 

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Dec 08, 2011

Rapper Ice Cube Celebrates Charles and Ray Eames

You'll likely see this all over the art and design blogosphere in the next few days, but it's too cool not to share. Apparently, before becoming an emcee and actor, Ice Cube studied architectural drafting, and it turns out, he's a big fan of mid-century super couple Ray and Charles Eames.

You simply gotta check out the video below:

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Dec 08, 2011

How to: Make DIY Spray Paint

I have fifty-four cans of spray paint. Seriously, I just went to the basement and counted. Years worth of specific projects, a couple of content campaigns with the awesome people at Krylon, and it's really become quite a collection.

And I still don't have all the colors I need. See, while spray paint is often the best tool for a specific task, your options are relatively limited. Compared to cans of wall paint, which you can get mixed in thousands of colors at the hardware store, and artist paints like oils and acrylics, the color of palette of spray paint is limited to those determined useful by the manufacturer.

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Dec 08, 2011

Googly-Eyed Street Art

created at: 12/04/2011

I love how simple it is to transform mundane objects into hilarious, Muppet-like creatures. All it takes, really, is a set of eyes (in this case, styrofoam balls with pupils drawn on them).  

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Dec 07, 2011

The 7 Worst Tech Gifts to Give This Holiday

created at: 12/07/2011

While there are plenty of cool, affordable tech gifts to give your friends and family this season, there are a few you should avoid. Cause they're bad. Like, worse than coal.   … read more


Dec 07, 2011

Weapons of Mass Creation

Illustrator Justin Kamerer has recently released posters of this amazing series of art: Weapons of Mass Creation. (You get it, right?) Featuring a clever treatment of visual art, music, and cooking tools, the works explore how technology… read more


Dec 07, 2011

How To: Make Edible Shot Glasses

Originaly, the "shot glass" was a measuring device - a means to figure out a 1.5 oz. serving of a spirit. Nowadays, it's been reduced to a cheesy collectible, or worse, a tacky means of throwing down liquor way faster than necessary.

But that's not the shot glass's fault. Sipping 1.5 oz of a single spirit is a great way to learn about its flavor, aroma, and complexities. Especially if the glass contributes to the experience. So, bring back the shot glass. And, while you're at it, why not make it edible?   … read more


Dec 07, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: December 7, 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.

The "taking a picture of myself in the mirror with my smartphone" trend gets a humorous update by replacing the camera with... a Pop Tart.   … read more


Dec 06, 2011

The Chromatic Typewriter Prints Colors with Its Keys

Artist Tyree Callahan hacked into a Underwood Standard typewriter from 1937 to create this absolutely amazing piece, dubbed the Chromatic Typewriter. The "typebars" are replaced with ink pads, and the keys given a corresponding color. From the duo of tones on each key, it looks like the artist even preserved the "shift" option.

As a scultpture, it's plenty striking, but the piece actually works to create original "paintings" by typing on the keys:   … read more


Dec 06, 2011

People and Their Fish Twins

The human brain is an incredible thing, but the fact that this series even occured to NYC-based photographer Ted Sabarese is mind-blowing.

Or perhaps he just saw that episode of The Simpsons where Homer's face seems to be the spokescreature for a Japanese soap company, but it's really just a fish and a lightbulb.

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Dec 06, 2011

The United States of Beard Types

The Beardly has released a clever culture map of beard types by region. Check it out in full-size, and see if their detemination matches your experience.   … read more


Dec 06, 2011

How to: Make SpaghettiOs Pizza - A Culinary Mashup That's Just Crazy Enough to Work

created at: 12/03/2011

Some things seem so wrong that you just need to try them, and I think SpaghettiOs Pizza is one of those things. That's right…SpaghettiOs. So fire up the oven, break out the can opener, and get cookin'.  

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Dec 05, 2011

77 Essential Holiday Gifts for Artists and Creatives

created at: 12/05/2011

Design überblog Core77 are sharing their holiday shopping recommendations, featuring, not what else?, seventy-seven creative tools and design gifts for makers and artists.   … read more


Dec 05, 2011

This is Your Brain on Art School: Brilliant Advertising for Creative Education

The College for Creative Studies has released this amazing series of ads that show parents the dangers of letting your kids experiment with art.

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Dec 05, 2011

Original Artwork...Drawn By Trees?

Artist Tim Knowles has created a series called, "Tree Drawings", in which he connects pens and brushes to the branches of trees, allowing their natural sway in movement in the wind to create the design.

The results are amazing, and quite surprising. Check them out:

created at: 12/05/2011

created at: 12/05/2011

"A series of drawings produced using drawing implements attached to the tips of tree branches, the wind’s effects on the tree, recorded on paper.  Like signatures each drawing reveals the different qualities and characteristics of each tree."

Reminds me a bit of the bicycle drawing machine.

Tree Drawings [Tim Knowles]

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