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Mar 11, 2011

What Dr. Seuss Books Were Really About

Fresh on the heels of Better Book Titles, Buzz Feed interprets the inherit ethical lessons in the illustrated books of Dr. Seuss. You know, just in case you didn't get it.

  

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Feb 28, 2011

How To: Make a Laptop Stand from Recycled Books (for under $5.00)

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Alex Braidwood is a clever fellow. 

Using two retired books, he created this attractive laptop docking station for nestle his laptop and save desktop space when connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

"The selection of these two books

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Feb 25, 2011

Better Book Titles

Better Book Titles is a Tumblr blog that reimagines book titles based on their actual content.

The results are a little smug, kinda reductive, and plenty hilarious.

    

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Feb 21, 2011

Book Art Photography by Thomas Allen

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Photographer Thomas Allen has come up with what may be the ultimate, "Why didn't I think of that?" project.

He cuts up the people-heavy covers of pulp fiction novels and creates mini-dioramas, allowing the characters to interact with others from different works, and with the books themselves:

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Feb 14, 2011

How to: Make Mini Office Supply Book Covers for Matchbooks (Free Download)

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I'll admit it; I have a particular penchant for miniatures. Not small things, but tiny versions of normal-sized stuff. Generally, I like things that play with scale, I like the "how do they do that?" aspect, and, c'mon, mini things are adorable!

So, I love these super cool tiny books, which made from matchbooks and actually serve as office supply storage, are a quick DIY project who's reward just keeps on giving. Put these on your desk, and there's no way you won't be inspired.

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Feb 04, 2011

All Blown Up: How to Create Custom Large-Scale Artwork

This ManMade guest post was written by K. Faith Morgan

Finding art for your home can be tough task: you can go the dorm room approach and frame a poster, take the generic route and settle for the weird Tuscan-paintings from the housewares store, or invest in an original piece, which can be costly.

But check out these options, which each take something tiny and blow them up to featured proportions:

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Blueprint (Desire to Inspire)

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Playing Cards (Blueprint Magazine)

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Envelope (Southern Living Magazine

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Stamp (Design*Sponge

You likes? Cool, let's make our own.

Materials and Tools

  • Source material 
  • large vintage frame
  • Computer

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Feb 02, 2011

Embroidery Fit for Fellows

This ManMade guest post was written by K. Faith Morgan

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Understandably, you’ve traditionally thought of embroidery as a mostly feminine pursuit, but I've gathered some awesome examples to change your mind.

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Dec 13, 2010

Getting Lost in [a Tower of] Good Books

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While you're checking out some of the best reads from 2010, have a look at these stunning photos of a twisty tower of books in Tel Aviv.

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Nov 15, 2010

New Conceptual Novel Tells its Story by Cutting Away the Text of Published Work

I don't think Jonathan Safran Foer is my favorite author, but whenever anyone asks me what they should read, I give them the names of his first two novels, Everything is Illuminated and a personal favorite, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. His non-fiction work, Eating Animals, tops my Christmas list this year, so I was pretty fascinated when I spied his latest project: Tree of Codes

It was "created by slicing out chunks of text from Foer’s favorite novel, The Street of Crocodiles by Polish author Bruno Schulz. The result is a spare, haunting story that appears to hang in negative space on the page."

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Oct 27, 2010

Mad Men Mr. Men

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The Poke styles up everyone's favorite Mad Men characters as those from the Mr. Men series, the series of forty-eight British children's books from the 1970s.created at: 10/27/2010

There's even a free book, Mr. Sterling Gets Angry available to read online. Trust us, you wanna see this.    

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Oct 18, 2010

How To: Make Zombie Felties!

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Just in time for Halloween, Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate offer Zombie Felties:How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead . It's an awesome collection of scary, disgusting softies makeable with minimum sewing skills.

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Oct 15, 2010

Hipster Dinosaur Coloring Book

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Somewhere in the last few weeks, making fun of hipsters became more prolific than the irony-clad, mustache filled trend itself. Which was sorta funny for a bit, but at what point does the cultural response become even more pathetic than the ridiculousness of the subculture it mocks?

So, with that in mind, we at ManMade promise that this very post will be the latest hipster mocking piece we do. 

Well, unless its very, very funny.

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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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Sep 20, 2010

ManMade Giveaway: Win One of Five Free Copies of Make It! Hardware Store Decor

Cover of Make It! Hardware Store Decor, coming soon from the Curbly LibraryOver the past few months, I've been working on co-authoring the third installment of the Make It! Series, Make It! Hardware Store Decor. It features twelve, very ManMade-ish projects that show you how to create furniture and home decor pieces using only items from your local, big-box home improvement center.

Here's a peek at some of the projects:

A brightly lighted letter - DIY wall art from Curbly.com

Exposed Bulb Chandelier

To celebrate, we're giving away five free PDF copies! To enter, simply leave a comment in the section below. You could show us something you've created with home center supplies, tell us a favorite hardware store story, let us know why you'd love to win this prize, or simply say "Hi

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Aug 20, 2010

The Two-Story, Climb Inside Bookshelf Tower

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Of course, many of us have spent hours, days, even whole weekends lost inside some fine literature. But only those of us with the Ark, or a DIY'd-up version, can get lost inside our book shelf.  

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Aug 20, 2010

The 50 Best Cookbooks of All Time

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The London Observer has taken on a mighty big project: selecting the fifty best cookbooks, ever. So far, they've published the first forty, and are relying on readers to help them select the top ten.

The selections range from classic international books from Madhur Jaffrey and Diana Kennedy, to contemporary works from Momofuku's David Chang and vegetarian master Yotam Ottolenghi.  

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Aug 16, 2010

How To: Turn Old Paperbacks into Custom Hardback Books

The best books are those that aren't in display condition - cause they've actually been read, loved, and well-worn. But, of course, showing off the books you don't like is, just, well...weird.

So, get hip to this cool trick from OhDeeOh - recovering your favorite paperbacks with custom-designed artwork, which is, as we see it, brilliant.

  

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Jul 28, 2010

Bookshelf Porn - Don't Drool on the Pages

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For those nerds, like me, who are infinitely inspired by photos of bookshelves.

Really, really, cool bookshelves. Shelved By Color by  Dwell 

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Jul 20, 2010

The Ultimate Guide: How to Create Audiobooks in iTunes

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Apple's iTunes allows you to purchase audiobooks formatted specifically for your iPod, allowing you to enjoy some literature on the go. But simply importing an audiobook from CDs or an mp3 leaves you with hundreds of poorly labeled, two-minute tracks that make it very difficult to pick up where you last listened.

But, with a little knowhow, you can create your own audiobooks from CDs (ones you may already own, or have borrowed from the library or a friend) or mp3 files and take advantage of bookmarking, avoidance on shuffle mode, and clear chapter organization, and the special "Book" category in your library.

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May 20, 2010

Free Printable: Save Bookmark

 

When your pageturning gets just a bit too analog, download and print yourself this free "Save" bookmark. Perhaps it'll make you feel a bit more like you have an iPad or a Kindle, but still the benefit of physical pages.

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