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Nov 09, 2010

How the Wall Street Journal's Famous "Stipple Portraits" Are Created (How-to Included)

Since their debut in 1979, the Wall Street Journal has featured more than 11,000 of their half-column Stipple headcuts. The signature portraits are created today by eight artists, and feature everyone from Hollywood celebrities to world government officials to Santa Claus.

To learn how to create the iconic style,    

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Nov 08, 2010

How To: Make a Stirling Engine from Soda Cans

created at: 11/08/2010

Guess what! You can make a super efficient Stirling engine from two soda cans!

"Awesome," you'll no doubt say. And then...

(beat.)

"What's a Stirling engine?"

Turns out, it's a super-efficient type of engine that converts heat into energy using cyclic compression, meaning it continually feeds itself energy by "compressing cool gas, heating the gas, expanding the hot gas, and finally cooling the gas before repeating the cycle."

Like this:

Get it?  

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Oct 27, 2010

How To: Make Mini Pizza Pops

created at: 10/27/2010

We've said it before, and are proud to say it again: we love mini things, and we want them on sticks!

Add pizza to the equation, and we're completely done-for.

Super food crafter Meaghan Mountford shows you how to create tiny pizza pops, mounted on sticks and ready to go for a party, a trip, or just a very fun-filled Dexter marathon. Heck, if those creepy people hadn't freaked everyone out and it were legit to give away homemade food for Trick-or-Treat, we'd be whipping these up by the dozens for this weekend.

  

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Oct 26, 2010

How To: Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint

created at: 10/26/2010

Some bloggers and stylists have called out chalkboard paint as being a fad that's overdone and now out-of-date. But we think the objection here isn't a re-writable surface, but big gray walls in interiors where they don't really work.

So, it's totally awesome to find this tutorial, which allows you to make DIY chalkboard paint in any color you wish.    

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Oct 18, 2010

How To: Make a Hand-Tooled Leather CD Case

created at: 10/18/2010

We love the idea of putting something cool and digital, like a CD, inside a rustic, hand-hewn leather home. As the designer and author Elizabeth says, " This is an instance when my excessive love for prettiness wins out over practicality, utility, and common sense. I already had a CD case - a perfectly good one I'd had since high school. But its cover was nylon and plastic and - well, not hand-tooled leather. This is a makeover, and an impractical one at that - not a made-from-scratch project - but it sure is nicer to reach for a 'How to speak Italian' CD in the car now." 

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Oct 12, 2010

How To: Make Spider Web Balloons for Halloween

 

created at: 10/12/2010

You know that spindle-y, cotton-y, faux spider web material they sell in the plastic bags?

I hate that stuff. First, it's gross and creepy; as in, not a cool, eerie Halloween way, but in a octogenarian's chin hair kinda way. And, it's nearly always misused to create a melty cotton ball look that looks nothing like an actual spider web.

But, this process it pretty intriguing. A special balloon-strengthening product called HI-FLOAT is allowed to dry inside an inflated then deflated ballon, and upon re-inflation, produces a string-y, bizarre, somewhat similar to an spider web looking thing, which, when combined with a few plastic creepy crawlers, looks pretty awesome.

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Oct 07, 2010

How To: Make a Secret Hollowed-Out Book (Quickly!)

When I was a kid, we made secret book hiding spots all the time: glue up the edges, grab the utility knife, and spend hours cutting. Of course, we didn't have any stuff worth hiding, but we were boys, and that's what boys did.

I love the idea of using secondhand books as a gift box, but my memories of the tried-and-true handcutting method, which would take more than an hour for a book big enough to put much in, make me think otherwise. But, this new method from John Park makes me think I might be able to pull it off this holiday season.

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Oct 05, 2010

IKEA Hack: How to Make a Noguchi-Inspired Mid-Century Modern Lamp

created at: 10/05/2010

Isamu Noguchi's Akari lamps are among the classic, iconic pieces of mid-century design. These practical light sculptures are a playful take on the traditional Japanese paper lantern; updated with legs that echo the emerging atomic culture of the early 1950s, yet still maintaining the biomorphic shape found in Noguchi's other works. The Akari lamp series has been a part of the MoMA's permanent collection almost as long as it's been around. 

IKEA has featured their share of paper lantern-inspired lamps over the years. The most recent rendition is the VÄTE series, a collection of rice paper shades on steel frames that give an obvious nod to

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Sep 30, 2010

How To: Make Easy Fabric Skulls for Day of the Dead

 

Shawnee of Life with Monkey whipped up this super quick pattern and technique for making fabric skulls. They're so easy to make that we can imagine these in bulk hanging from fishing line, or mixed in a candy bowl. We also think the shape would lend itself well to more anatomical skulls, or even Luchalibre masks.

 

Easy. Peasy. Halloweesy?

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Sep 28, 2010

How To: Vintage Arrow-Inspired Decor

I'll admit it - it never occurred to me to source or make vintage arrows as a home decor accent piece, but why not? They're fun, colorful, and masculine-ish/tongue-in-cheek enough to totally make sense in lots of spaces.

Mom Danielle created these bold arrows while making over her sons' rooms. The shafts are made from dowel rods, and covered in patterned washi tape, fabric scraps, and acrylic tape. And note the erasers as arrow heads - would work quite well with the office supply crossbow, no?      

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Sep 28, 2010

How To: Fully Experience Beer with this Five-Step Appraisal Technique

created at: 09/28/2010

I spent a few days in Boston a couple of weeks ago, and had the pleasure of visiting the original Samuel Adams brewery for one of their free brewery and tasting tours. There, I learned, among many other things: that the actual Sam Adams was probably a cool guy, the dude with the really long beard and the overalls in all the commercials actually works there, and that the original Boston brewery only produces about five percent of their output. (The rest is brewed in Pennslyvania and my hometown of Cincinnati...guess I didn't have to go so far for a tour.)

They were also very generous with the samples, and walked our group through the beer

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Sep 24, 2010

How To: Make Your Own DIY Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters

A few weeks ago, the ManMade community rejoiced over the release of the Ninjabread Men cookie cutters from Fred Flare, which are still not available for purchase. So, industrious James Williamson, an electronics engineer living in Lancashire, UK, created his own, and is sharing his template with the world!

James' versions hinge around a acrylic template (he'll laser cut it for you for cost!), but you could easily print yours out onto paper.

   

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Sep 23, 2010

Easy DIY Wall Art: Pyramid Painting

created at: 09/23/2010

I recently spied the new book DIY Art at Home at my local library, and immediately added to my pile. It features 28 projects, all of which can be translated to pretty large scale wall art on the cheap.

 

Women's Day recently featured a full project from the book - a geometric triangle pyramid-y piece created with potato printing. The stamp is inked up every few rounds, so you get different levels of opacity as you continue to print. This is a pretty unique effect for such limited tools and technique.

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Sep 22, 2010

How To: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking Bacon

Cooktop, microwave, oven, grill, campfire...each heat source does something amazing to every omnivore's guilty pleasure, bacon. And to get the most out of your hard-earned pork belly, it takes just a bit of knowledge to master perfectly rendered bacon, cooked to however you like it.  

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Sep 21, 2010

How To: Hotel-Inspired Wall Unit from Hardware Store Parts

created at: 09/21/2010

I mentioned yesterday that we'd just released the third Make It! publication, entitled Make It! Hardware Store Decor. It aims to help folks create home design pieces using only items from the home improvement store. So, as you might imagine, my eyes and ears have been tuned to looking for creative use of materials and hardware supplies.

So, I'm definitely digging this wall unit made only from black pipe and pine 1x stock. Inspired by a piece at the Ace Hotel, Morgan created this installation for around $200. "The other side of the living room needed something large. A statement piece I think real designers would call it. Well, I fell in

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