Man Made DIY


Sep 29, 2015

Make This: Rustic and Stylish Concrete Candleholders

DIY Cement CandleholdersHave a little cement and metal left over after a project? Turn them into something much more interesting than a pile of clutter in the corner of the garage.   … read more


Sep 25, 2015

Maker Series: Premium, Artisanal, Handcrafted Firewood from This is That

I'm a fan of doing things yourself. I love how much goes into creating something unique with quality materials, and the ability to customize it for the space it will live. But I can't make everything and I still appreciate a well-made product. That's where the market for artisanal pieces comes in.   … read more


Sep 03, 2015

Skill Builder: How to Get Started In Screenprinting

Screen PrintingWe all come in contact with screenprinted goods every day... there's a good chance you're wearing something screenprinted right now. It's is an impressive way to personalize just about anything you can think of, and it's really not that hard to start. Here are a few starter kits to help start down the road to making your own art and customizing everything you can get your hands on.   … read more


Aug 28, 2015

Make This: DIY Pocket Notebook from a Beer Case

DIY Pocket Notebook6 pack cases - we all have a few of those around, the remnants of a night with friends and now the perfect cover for your pocket notebook.   … read more


Aug 27, 2015

5 Simple Beginning Leather Projects to Help Grow Your Craft

Leather Tool CaseA few weeks back we talked about some of the basic, essential tools for getting started in leatherworking. Once you're set up, its time to put them into practice. Here are a few projects to hone those skills, and end up with some great practical pieces you can use everyday   … read more


Aug 25, 2015

How to: Make DIY Rustic Masculine Candles

How to make a reusable rustic candle. Photos: Gabriel Cabrera

Can't get into the floral smells and garish artwork of storebought candles? Nope, us either. So  we came up with our very own DIY version to make a reusable rustic candle that any guy can be proud to burn in his home. (Or log cabin?)… read more


Aug 25, 2015

Make This: A Leather Wallet from an Old Cowboy Boot

It happens to me regularly. I'll be cruising down the aisles of a secondhand shop or antique market, and I'll stumble across a great pair of warm and worn cowboy boots. I'll do the mental exercise in my head... "Can I actually pull off a cowboy boot? And would I even wear them if I bought them?" I'll shuffle around a bit, and then commit to at least trying them on, and usually… read more


Aug 24, 2015

How to: Make a Really, Really Durable Dog Toy

How to Make a Really Durable Dog Toy

My dog absolutely loves to tear apart toys. It's almost a fun challenge to see what toy he can't tear apart. That list is pretty short. So, I thought I'd take a stab at making a really durable toy that he might actually have a hard time chewing through. 

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Jul 29, 2015

How to: Upgrade Your Moleskine With A Leather Cover

Leather Tools This inspiring video walks us through the making of a smooth leather cover for the Moleskine notebook. Watch as a simple piece of leather becomes a classy cover for all those world-changing thoughts.   … read more


Jul 22, 2015

How to Sell Your Handmade Stuff at a Craft Fair

created at: 07/22/2015

If you’re like me your DIY obsession can get so out of hand you have to start selling your stuff to fund more stuff! One of the ways my wife and I do it is setting up a booth at local festivals, barn sales and craft fairs. With a little bit of business savvy and DIY ingenuity, you too can start turning a profit on your passions.

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Jul 01, 2015

Skills 101: How to Use a Stiching Awl to Sew Heavy Duty Fabrics and Leather

created at: 07/01/2015

I once ran into a dude at the leathercraft supply shop, who was talking to his friend about all his big ideas, and telling his buddy what to get. He threw a wood handled stitching awl into the basket, and stated, "Oh, yeah, man. You definitely need this. It's like a handheld sewing machine." Not quite, overzealous and under-qualified craftsplainer. … read more


Jun 25, 2015

The Documentary All ManMakers Should Be Looking Forward To

You may remember Morgan Spurlock for his gimmicky documentaries starting with 2004's Super Size Me, but this movie looks like one that all of us will love. The short film clocks… read more


Jun 19, 2015

How to: DIY Wood Grain Flask Project

Looking for a last minute Father's Day gift? Just like to add a little texture and warmth to some everyday items? Check out this simple woodgrain flask tutorial.    … read more


Jun 16, 2015

Make This: Old License Plate, New Box

created at: 06/16/2015

Vintage pieces are always fun to work with. Aside from looking great, they tell a story through dents, scratches, and a style that once was. Here's a quick tutorial on how to turn a vintage license plate into a great snack box for the mancave.   … read more


Jun 15, 2015

How to: Make Your Own Soap at Home... from BEER!

Interesting fact of the day: homemade soap is actually better for you than store-bought options. It's true! According to … read more


Jun 11, 2015

How to: Make a Manly Gift Box

Clamping The CrateGiving another man a gift is hard enough already, but then picking the right wrapping paper or gift bag is altogether impossible. Here's a DIY project to hold that awesome gift instead.… read more


Jun 08, 2015

How to: Make a DIY Leather Passport Wallet

Raise your hand if you're headed out of the country this week! Yeah... neither am I. So, in the meantime, to prep for my next international adventure, … read more


Jun 04, 2015

Life's Work: Six Conversations with Makers

created at: 05/28/2013

Raise your hand if you love process videos. Mine is definitely up - I'm always down to watch a slow tracked materials shot,  a lens flare coming in through a shop window, a cluttered benchtop scattered with tools and coffee cups. 

created at: 06/04/2015 So is Sam, a public librarian in California who sent me a link to this cool video series by … read more


May 19, 2015

How to: Make Your Own Custom "Ex Libris" Bookplate Stamp

created at: 05/10/2015

Ever wish there were a better way to lay claim to the books in your library than just scribbling your name on the inside cover? Which, let's admit it, ends up being so non-descript that it doesn't even register to loanee, who will inevitably just shelve the book as his own.

What you need is an custom Ex Libris stamp they'll forever recognize. Like, with a bear on it.  

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May 18, 2015

How to: Make an Adjustable Glass Bottle Cutter

created at: 05/18/2015

You can buy new bottle cutters online (here's a good roundup of options) but their ability to cut different sizes, angles, and bottle shapes are severely limited.

Of course, there are loads of potential projects to be had, so instead of buying a bottle cutting jig, let's make one!   … read more

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