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Aug 19, 2010

Needle-Felted Explosives: They're the Bomb!

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We can't think of anything better than scary things rendered into softy form. Flickr user Kerstin made these needle felted plushies in the form of a stick of dynamite and a bomb. We're especially digging on the colored roving used to indicate eminent explosion.

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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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Aug 12, 2010

How To: DIY Rearview Mirror Spy Sunglasses

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EVERY year, in the fall, my elementary school held fundraisers; with promises of mountain bikes and Gameboys and squirtguns. My goals were always less lofty: a simple $100 could knab you a pair of rearview mirror spy glasses, allowing the wearer to secretly observe all the confidential, super secret espionage happening on the playground. I never quite made it to $100 worth of wrapping paper and crappy chocolate.

So, these DIY spy glasses have a special place in my heart, and I'm totally making some...like, tonight. " These are super quick and easy to make, you’ll need a glue gun and cut-able plastic mirror sheets which you can pick up at the craft store or on-line. The most important part of this project is finding the right glasses to modify. First, you want something hip and fun, no sense leaving the house looking like a meff. Look for glasses with lenses and frames which are as flat as possible."

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   See more at Criminal Crafts (bookmark this one!) [via Craft]

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Aug 11, 2010

How To: Make Your Own Corn Cob Pipe

First things first: ManMade does not condone, support, or encourage smoking of any kind. In fact, we find it entirely irrational in 2010, and encourages everyone to take good care of themselves. Still, these are pretty cool, and a fun skill to learn. Cause we do get it; we just think sucking some corn-scented air is plenty enough fun.

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Aug 05, 2010

Craft Fail: A Total Family Knitmare

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Full length body suits are totally terrifying when worn by couples, but it turns out, when a family's involved, one only needs handmade yarn mask to induce nightmares.

Please, note the pie, the bowtie, and the matching white shirts. And we dare not guess what the daughter does in her spare time.   

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Aug 04, 2010

How To: Craft Some DIY Skull Dishes

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Whether the skull-and-crossbone motif atop these craftily stenciled plates make you question the poison-content of your meal, or just indicate some badass culinary work coming out of your kitchen, we just think these are plain cool. They're stenciled with fabric or lace to create a geometric pattern, and then embedded with a toner image that's sealed on.

And the best part - you can choose to use whatever image you can get into your computer and onto paper via a laser printer.   Step 4

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Jun 16, 2010

ManMade Video: How to Make the Ultimate Pair of Bike Pants for Urban Cycling

 

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Agreed:  there's plenty of expensive bicycling clothing out there, designed for aerodynamics and for staying out of the way while peddling. But many of us use our bikes for much more than recreation and racing...namely, from getting from one place to another. So, here are several ways to customize an existing pair of pants for maximum usefulness while cycling, but which you can still wear once you've arrived at your destination.   

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Jun 09, 2010

ManMade in the Current Issue of SewHip Magazine!

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SewHip - "The UK's No. 1 Sewing Magazine" has an article called "Men Do It Too!" in their current issue (no. 17), featuring two male crafters and bloggers, Paul from Dudecraft and yours truly. The five page spread features lots of ManMade original projects and photos, including several from Make It! Mid-Century Modern, the circuit board picture frame, the free Happiness is a Warm Glue Gun poster, and the mid-century birdhouse: created at: 06/09/2010

     

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Jun 07, 2010

Make Your Own Cycling Cap

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The casquette - cycling cap - is styled to keep the sun out of your eyes and the rain off your face while not obstructing your vision.

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While they were plenty available in the 80s, they're a bit harder to find in the U.S., and often come plastered with team names or advertisements. So, our vote, as per usual, is to make your own.

Flickr user Panda Face has created a pattern that allows you to use whatever sort of fabric you'd want.Cycling Cap Pattern by Panda Face.

"Here is a basic pattern for the cycling cap I made. I have a big head so pull in the seams untill it fits you, then hem the length and stich the bill on. Cut on the thick lines, sitch the thin. If you

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Jun 04, 2010

How To: Popsicle Stick Guitar

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The popsicle stick is a craft supply staple - it's often one of the first media into which children break out after they've mastered crayons and construction paper, and it's certainly many a ManMakers first introduction to working with wood.

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One of the popsicle stick's great achievements is its infinite flexibility, which has never been demonstrated more greatly than in this guitar, the body, neck, and headstock of which is made completely from 2000 regular ole' popsicle sticks.

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Busupholstery says, "I decided it was time for someone to build a guitar completely from popsicle sticks........Ordered 4,000 on ebay and used about

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May 17, 2010

50 Downloadable Papercraft Robots

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Botropolis has assembled this massive collection of papercraft robots that you can download, print, cut and assemble. I love projects like this because they're active and crafty, but the inspiration is built-in and they don't require tons of materials and time.

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Bots include everything from retro atomic imagery to characters from classic sci-fi movies to contemporary takes on mechanical mans - there's even one featuring President Obama!

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May 04, 2010

A Collection of Crafts to Celebrate Official "Star Wars Day"

Star_Wars_Day_Crafts_Ewok_Dog.jpgI've been honest in the past about my lack of Star Wars experience in the past, and a few have said to me, "How can you post Star Wars crafts if you've never seen the movies?" "Well," I usually say, "I post about houses I've never been in, designs and artwork I've only seen pictures of, and link to how-tos I've never followed myself."

Retorts aside, last night, I watched "A New Hope" for the first time. (Rather, finished it for the first time...I'd seen the first half hour once or twice). And, wouldn't you know it, TODAY, May 4, is official Star Wars Day - "May the Fourth Be With You"...get it?

Rachel Hobson has assembled a fine collection

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May 04, 2010

Craft Fail: "Creative" Pet Grooming

"Now tell me, which one of these dogs would you want to have as your wide receiver on your football team?" - Buck Laughlin, Best in Show

PinkCoyote.net is the home of Sandy Paws, a creative pet grooming outfit in Yuca Valley, California. Their crowning achievement is Cindy the poodle, whom they've made up to be a Ninja Turtle, a chicken, a shark, a camel, a dragon, a peacock, as well outfitted in a  Pac-Man and Grateful Dead theme.

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May 03, 2010

How To: Desktop Skeeball

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Sometimes, in the midst of the workday, you just need a minute. Not a two-hour lunch, not an off-site appointment, just five minutes to take your eyes off your computer and projects and do something that accesses a different part of your brain.

Then, might I suggest building a mini-skeeball game to keep off to the side for occassions such as these? Assembled from a bit of corrugated cardboard, a recycled coffee cup, and hot glue, it's built to use 1/3" ball bearings, making the project around 1/9th scale. Instructable-r Fungus Amungus even provides a pattern so you can easily make your own over your lunch break.

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Apr 29, 2010

23 Pinhole Cameras to Build at Home

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Several weeks ago (eight, to be exact), I posted up my favorite pinhole camera design - the Dirkon. This morning, I offer you twenty-two more designs. Start small, and end big, I guess.

Pinhole Cameras That You Can Build At Home

This week celebrated Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, so DIYPhotography.net has assembled this collection featuring cameras made from soup cans, single sheets of paper, Altoids tins, and a peanut.  

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Apr 22, 2010

How To: Quick and Easy LED-Lit Sea Urchins

urchin - 28I know what you're saying: to make this work, you have to have access to dried sea urchins and know abit about LEDs.

Or, maybe its an excuse to GET some sea urchins (.95 a piece here) and learn that all you need to make an LED "Throwie"  is a two-pin diode and a battery.

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"Last week we came across these tiny sea urchin shells at a beach shop, thin and light as eggshells. What to do with them? Light them up with LEDs, of course! We've seen sea urchin lamps before, but they've always been made with large (i.e., sturdy) and colorful ones. In contrast, these tiny ones might be better to hang around christmas lights like little paper lanterns. Just a throwie sans magnet (Urchie?), tucked into the shell. Each one has a hole in the bottom large enough to fit a pretty good size LED, although not necessarily the battery as well."

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Apr 20, 2010

Off the Shelf: Knits Men Want

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Knits Men Want is a knitting pattern book, written by a fellow, but subtitled "The Ten Rules Every Woman Should Know Before Knitting for a Man."

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ManMades appreciates that it recognizes that guys are interested in handmade goodies, but aren't terribly excited about its presumed audience.

Though, politics aside, this is a good one. Really. I spent almost an hour with it today, and it's got the goods. The patterns are awesome, easy to follow, and account for different sizes and gauges. The photos are great, and it contains lots of sharp tips for creating things for men's bodies.

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Apr 20, 2010

ManMade Video How-To: Make a Faux-Wood Deer Head Silhouette

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Inspired by a conversation with a close friend, who maintains that no masculine decor is complete without a) wood, and b) taxidermy, I decided I did indeed want a mounted deer head in my space. But I like making stuff, and to be honest, I'm not really keen on all the steps that go into actually making my own mounted ten-point bust...namely, killing a deer and stuffing it.

So, I improvised.

 

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Apr 16, 2010

How To: Make a Top Hat from Scrap Paper

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"When Zenith Interiors celebrated the opening of its Melbourne showroom with a top-hat-themed party this month, the staff of architectural firm ClarkeHopkinsClarke made an entrance with pleated toppers they cleverly assembled from their invitations with zero excess scrap."

Thankfully, the fine folks at Ecouterre have posted their very step-by-steps and shared it so we can recyclo-party down too. This design is extra cool in its pleated approach, which allow it to expand and contract to fit the donner's head exactly.

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Apr 06, 2010

How To: Build a Model Hubble Telescope

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Hubblesite.org is offering three awesome, free how-tos to recreate model Hubble telescopes. There's excellent instructions and lots of free printable parts and decals "These models aren’t working telescopes – you can’t peer at the sky with them. But they can give you an up-close look at the telescope’s structure and a challenging project to engage your model-making skills."

The first is the easiest to make, and uses a short length PVC pipe to support the main structure. The other two save you a trip to the hardware store, and are pure paper, created without special materials (though you'll need a few supplies from your stash).

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