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Dec 05, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Typographic Advent Calendar

created at: 11/28/2012

As a kid, I loved making those paper ring garlands to help count down the days to Christmas. They weren't much, just strips of red and green construction paper, one looped inside another and held together with a swipe of glue stick, but, buddy, I loved the ritual of ripping those suckers off as soon as I woke up every morning.

So, for this holiday season, I wanted to embrace the idea of a countdown craft, but update it to something a bit more adult, a bit more masculine, and reusable season after… read more

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Aug 11, 2014

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… read more

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Jun 25, 2014

How to Be a Gentleman in the 21st Century

Chivalry isn't dead in 2014. It's just, you know, different. In the era of smart phones at dinner and social networking breakups and Google glass and streaming media and cigarettes that aren't really cigarettes but still kinda are, the be-a-good-guy rules still apply, they just need to be updated a bit.… read more

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Jun 05, 2014

The Masculine Home: 5 Ideas to Create Simple Vignettes

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A vignette is a visual focus point that identifies the character of a room. These intentional areas are often the shots you'll see published in magazines, and you can achieve 'em at home, using mostly items you already have. Here are 5 ideas to get you… read more

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May 02, 2014

Make These: Ron Swanson-Inspired Maple Bacon and "Egg" Cupcakes

Ron Swanson Cupcakes DIY

These Ron Swanson-inspired treats are an attempt to make "masculine" cupcakes. Which could end up badly, but these went far enough past the point of stereotype into humorous fun. 

This recipe combines salty bacon, sweet white chocolate, silky cream cheese, and oaky maple syrup in one delicious baked treat. Extra added points for the Ron Swanson toppers, which you can print and stick on a skewer.

If baking is not your thing, this is the perfect excuse to get your food geek friends over and make it a party. Why not? Some beers, some butter, and some cupcakes at the end? That sounds like an evening well-spent. 

For the full… read more

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Mar 06, 2014

Weekend Project: How to Build a Rustic Headboard with Built-In Hidden Storage

Weekend project? On a Thursday? Yep, and for two reasons: one, I'll be out of town tomorrow, doing a weekend intensive course and dive program to get my SCUBA certification. But two, and most importantly, this storage headboard project is exactly the sort of thing you could put together in a… read more

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Feb 26, 2014

Roundup: 10 Favorite iPhone Cases for the Stylish Guy

iPhone Camera Case

In the era when everyone's phone looks basically the same, it's time to reskin your digital sidekick with a new… read more

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Feb 10, 2014

ManMade Guide: How to Celebrate a Rad (and Not Cheesy) Valentine's Day on a Budget

Gentlemen, Cupid is in the hood. What are you going to do? Freak out? Nah, that's for amateurs. In this guide, we're showing you how to rock V-Day like a pro.   

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Jan 10, 2014

Masculine Bedroom Inspiration: "Vintage" Bedding

H&M vintage collection

Lots of rustic bedroom goodness here to get you… read more

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Dec 09, 2013

The 75 Things Every Man Should Do

We've all got our personal goals. That collection of things where we won't feel like we've tried to give our best selves adequate space. Career goals, family goals, fitness goals, travel goals...all those things that go into feeling like we've accomplished what we were made to… read more

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Dec 06, 2013

Masculine Bedroom Design Inspiration: Shades of Gray

Bedroom inspiration

Sometimes we forget that our bedroom is one of the key areas of our living space - if not the most important. If you're still sporting an 1998 edition IKEA duvet and mismatched pillows that were hand-me-downs from your previous roommates, then it's time to… read more

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Dec 03, 2013

How to Transform Your Photos into Rustic Wooden Ornaments

created at: 11/25/2013

This holiday season, I wanted to come up with rustic, outdoor-themed ornaments. I love combining real, organic materials with modern tools and technology, and this project marries those perfectly: a natural tree branch slice is printed with a photograph that's been digitally edited and enhanced for just the right look. To pull it off, I teamed up with Adobe to use their new Photoshop Elements 12 application to process the image and get it ready to live in the physical world. It's super easy to use, but still full of all kinds of features that are perfect for doing art and craft… read more

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Dec 02, 2013

Gift Guide: 10 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Guy Who Loves to Cook... and Loves to Eat

created at: 12/02/2013

Whether you're actually looking to buy a kitchen gadget or piece of gear for a man, or just fulfilling your mom's wish to "send her a list," here are my (Gabriel's) ten picks for some serious food-oriented holiday gifts. I found some not-so-common gifts (other than cooking books), cause honestly, those who love to spend time in the kitchen probably already have all the staples. Take a… read more

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Nov 14, 2013

Free Downloads: Large Scale Printable Patent Wall Art

The team at Primer offer these free pieces of downloadable… read more

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Oct 08, 2013

How to: Make Your Own DIY Leather Belt from Scratch

DIY Leather Belt - Mr. Lentz

Mr. Lentz - the "modern cowboy of the creative revolution" - has created a very cool DIY project with very detailed steps to make a customized leather… read more

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Sep 04, 2013

Roundup: 7 Manly Modern Accents for Your Home

METAL-WRAPPED WOOD TRAYS

To step up a room in your home and apartment, sometimes all you need is a single accent piece or focal point to set it off...no major makeovers… read more

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Aug 16, 2013

Friendly Advice to a Lot of Young Men

In 1957, poet, author, and "laureate of American lowlife" Charles Bukowski wrote a poem entitled "Friendly Advice to a lot of Young Men."… read more

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Aug 01, 2013

5 Ways to Wear Colorful Shorts without Looking like a Weirdo

Photo via [http://www.gq.com.mx/galerias/los-mejores-shorts-para-vestir-en-el-verano/1078/image/28655]

The ManMade approach to style has always been to seek out the classics. And true, layered and subdued works in the winter, but summer's the time for embracing the season and trying new things. So, go out on a limb and check out these ideas for wearing colorful/patterned shorts so you can step up your style for the summer...while still feeling like… read more

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Jul 11, 2013

How to: Make a Handsome Wood and Leather Lunch Box

I wouldn't discount anything that has lunch hidden inside, but I'm particularly fond of this sharp, functional, and 100% handmade lunch tote… read more

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Mar 19, 2013

Wake Up Your Bedroom: 7 Tips to Create a Modern Masculine Retreat

A bedroom is often the most overlooked room in the house. You spend the big money on the rooms your guests will see - quality, lasting furniture for the living room, a dining table for hosting - or on practical pieces, like small appliances in the kitchen, or setting up your media gear for music all over your… read more

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