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Jul 18, 2012

A Papercraft Cheeseburger

If last week's nearly 100% bacon burger was a little too intense (as it should have been), then allow us to step back in the other direction - an expertly crafted burger made exclusively from colored construction paper, complete with all the trimmings.  

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Jul 12, 2012

DIY Idea: Make a Bearded Beer Cozy

Way manlier than a DIY mustache straw, Philadelphia-based Arms & Ink Studios presents the can beard cozy, the best way to fuzzface up your cold one.  

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Jul 10, 2012

You Might Be Knitting If...

created at: 07/10/2012

Professor Blastoff is a podcast hosted by comedians Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan, and David Huntsberger that explores issues of philosophy, science, religion, and other phenomenon requiring informed (and humorous) reflection.

On a recent episode, comedians Randy and Jason Sklar joined the team, and the discussion hilariously devolved into the topic of what we explore on ManMade: men and crafting.  

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Jun 18, 2012

How to: Make a Super Easy iPad Stand from a Cardboard Box

My favorite kind of craft project: Useful, stylish, and built for free from recycled materials. And, it involves an iPad.  

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May 30, 2012

How to: Make a Banana Peel Hat (for a Banana)

Cause honestly, how can you NOT make one of these the next time you enjoy a banana?  

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May 07, 2012

How to: Make a "Vulcan Salture" Hooded Sweatshirt

created at: 05/07/2012

When fully zipped, this DIY sweatshirt project simply displays a bold, graphic right hand, perhaps a bit influenced by street art. But unzipped halfway, and you're offering a whole 'nother message.  

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Apr 18, 2012

How to: Make a Watermelon Keg

Fruit salad stashed from a hollowed out watermelon is one thing, but a tasty, booze-y libation served from a watermelon keg is a whole 'nother thing altogether.  

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Apr 12, 2012

How to: Coffee-Stained iPad Smart Cover

Simeon from Two Lives Left just snagged a new iPad 3, and with it, a warm leather smart cover. He says, "I’m not too careful with my cover. I chose the leather cover thinking the more scuffed and damaged it got, the better. I wanted it to look worn. Unfortunately after only two weeks of use it did start to look worn — on one side only."

The asymmetry simply wouldn't do for Simeon, so he decided to give his leather the worn-in look he was hoping it'd develop. So, he stained it. With coffee.  

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Apr 09, 2012

Embroidered Mixed Media Collages by Jose Romussi

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Jose Romussi is a Chilean artist who creates these stunning mixed media collages using vintage photographs and thread.

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Mar 19, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Woodgrain Laptop Skin

I'm always a fan of the interaction between nature and technology...and nothing quite captures that interaction like an attempt to warm up the sleek designs of tech gear with a little warmth from the natural world: like my own project the tree branch iPhone dock or the tree limb magnets for your sleek kitchen appliances, or this great handmade wooden iPod.  

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Mar 05, 2012

IKEA Hack: How to Make a DIY Lightbox for Tracing on the Cheap

created at: 03/05/2012

I have a built-in lightbox in one of my office worksurfaces, and it's one of my top three favorite features. Since having it, I've found all kinds of useful ways to take advantage of it, and it's now a tool I find indispensible. 

But, head to your local art store, and you can expect to pay a minimum of $100 for

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Mar 01, 2012

How to: Make Your Own Suspenders

created at: 03/01/2012

As the editor of a male-oriented blog, I often get asked about my opinions on manly things, like how I feel about backwards baseball caps, or whether anyone should still have a goatee in 2012. (For the record: Against and absolutely not, respectively.)

Often, those questions bring up classic fashion items that are seeing a comeback, such as the bowtie, or suspenders. And in short? I'm for 'em.  

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Feb 24, 2012

Friday Fun: How to Fold a Miura-Ori

"Chris," you're saying. "What's a Miura-ori?"

Well, it's that thing. In the picture. A sheet of paper that has been folded to open and close in a single motion. " A Miura sheet has only one degree of freedom, and can be thought of as having only two states: fully open, or fully closed. Since reversing one fold in the sheet (that is, making a “mountain” into a “valley”) requires reversing all of the adjacent folds as well, the Miura sheet feels as though it has a memory, and is very resistant to deformation."

i just made three...and it's crazy fun to learn and just fold and unfold over and over again.

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Feb 23, 2012

How to: Make a Leather Lunch Tote

Quick story...which I've probably already told somewhere on ManMade before, but I can't seem to find it.

I packed my lunch every day when in school, from first grade to my final senior exams. Well, rather, my dad packed my lunch for me. It was something we shared, and one of the greatest gifts my father ever gave me. In elementary, I was one of only four or five kids who got to line up early because we weren't lunch ticket users. The "packers" always got teased for some reason (kids are weird), but I also felt kinda cool and special.

He and I were always quite different, but I remember opening the fridge every morning to see a brown bag

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Feb 23, 2012

How to: Make a Secret Flask Inside Everyday Items

created at: 02/23/2012

Maker and artist Mike Warren has invented "the Gentleman's Ski Pole," a clever option to add a small, concealed flask inside the handles of his skiing stocks.

But what he's really done is show all of us how to secretly stash a DIY flask inside of anything you can imagine: a walking stick, a book, a portfolio or breifcase...

If it's got some solid material, you can put a flask in it. And, oh, should you put a flask in it.

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Feb 21, 2012

How to: Make Your Own Typographic Scrabble Tile Coasters

Head to any thrift store or charity shop, and I guarantee you'll find an old worn out Scrabble game. Likely, it'll be complete with the board, but it's doubtful all the tiles will be present. Also likely? It'll be something like 91¢, which means you should totally get it and make something out of it!  

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Feb 17, 2012

6 DIY Workbench Projects You Can Build in a Weekend

created at: 02/12/2013

No matter what you make, you've gotta have a place to do it. And while you're dining room table might work for light projects, I say any serious maker, crafter, or artist needs a proper workbench.   

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Feb 14, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Citrus Peel Candle

Perhaps you're staying in tonight, cooking dinner with your significant someone, and you're interested in making the table just-that-much-more special. Or maybe you'll be hosting a dinner party soon, and you really wanna impress your guests. Or, and most likely, you've looked at citrus peel and said, "This smells really good. I should make something with it."  

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Feb 13, 2012

How to: Stamp Your Own Message on Conversation Hearts

Unless your seven years old, and presenting a gift to that classmate you have a crush on, you not gonna get away with a generic box o' candy this year. (If you are seven years old and giving candy to a crush, you're a total stud, and thanks for reading ManMade).

But playing with the classic treat and getting a personalized message with a handmade custom set of conversation hearts? It can get no better.  

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Feb 13, 2012

How to: Make a Custom DIY Scratch-Off Photo Valentine

If you're going to send a Valentine this year, I say: make it a memorable one. Do something extra so that it actually engages its recipient, instead of being opened and placed atop the rest of the mail.

Like...say, make 'em do a little extra work to even get to see it? Cause admit it, even when junk mail has scratch-offs, you totally go looking for a quarter.  

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