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Mar 07, 2016

7 DIY Projects For Your Old Books

If there's a category of things I constantly have too many of, it's books. Stacks on stacks on stacks. I have to purposefully keep myself from entering used book stores since I know I already have literal piles of books at home begging to be read, not to mention stacks of books I've already read that I don't intend to hold on to. If you're past the book lamp or clock, here are 7 next-level DIY projects for those books ready to be recycled.   

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Mar 02, 2016

How to: Make a Six-Pack Craft Caddy or Project Organizer

Maker and craft book author Shawn Gascoyne-Bowman came up with this clever way to keep track of those various projects-in-process: create a reusable "caddy" from a bulked-up six-pack beer carrier.   

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Feb 29, 2016

How to: Make a DIY Daily Travel Tech Organizer from an Old Book

In our elementary school days, packing your bag was easy: books, folders, pencil, lunch bag, done. But, as grown-ups, especially for those who work in a non-traditional office setting, making sure you have all the goodies you need for the day or a work trip can be tough - do you have all the right power and syncing cables

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Feb 15, 2016

Closer Look: A Thousand Hands Ago

Bending WoodDiscovering lost traditional crafts is always a struggle. Follow along as Danish kayak builder Anders Thygesen builds a traditional kayak one very handcrafted step at a time.  

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Feb 11, 2016

4 Great Books for your DIY Library

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Outside the blogs like this one, books are a great way to get new ideas and sharpen your skills. All too often, I find nothing but outdated crafting and how-to books with black and white pictures and outdated power tools.    

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Jan 13, 2016

5 Inspiring Masculine Workspaces to Get Your Creativity Flowing

Eva Black Design

Some people like to peek inside other people's medicine cabinets. I have no idea why, but it's a thing. People really do that.

I've always been much more interested in taking a look at the offices, workspaces, and studios of artists, crafters, and designers. Here are five favorites that will motivate you to transform your current headquarters (a.k.a. couch) into a mad creativity centerl where ideas can grow.

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Dec 16, 2015

How to: Make Craft Beer Pickles

Pickles are great even if they are a luxury on most sandwiches. In fact any Whole Foods type store is bound to be full of jars of hip and artisanal pickles, many of which will cost a small fortune. If you’re game to save some dough and more imporantly go on an AMAZING flavor adventure, then this IPA Craft Pickle recipe is for you.   

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Nov 16, 2015

How to: Make a Super Simple DIY Wreath Trio in Under 30 Minutes

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Okay. It's official. The sugarplum fairies have struck, and once again, the holiday season is back. And I'm looking for ways to embrace the spirit. 

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Nov 05, 2015

Closer Look: An Interview With Hand and Eye Letterpress

A generation or two back, everything we read was printed with individual letters, hand picked and positioned in a tray by a patient and highly experienced printer. Hand Eye LetterpressYou've definitely seen many things printed by letterpress, but perhaps never understood or really appreciated the skill and effort it took to place row upon row of small letter blocks and hand ink the plates for pressing. 

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Nov 02, 2015

Want to Learn How to Make this Holiday Wreath Trio? Join Us for a Free Workshop!

It's not quite time to start ManMade posts with " 'Tis the season to make stuff" but it'll be here plenty soon. Two weeks sounds about right.

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Which is perfect, because exactly in two weeks, we're teaming up with

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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.  

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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.   

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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.  

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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.  

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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

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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.  

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Jul 01, 2015

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

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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. 

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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

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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.    

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