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Jan 12, 2012

17 Creative Letterheads from Celebrities & Public Figures

created at: 01/11/2012

Although it's safe to say that letters from Andy Warhol and Nikola Tesla won't be arriving in your mailbox anytime soon, here's your chance to get a glimpse of their personal letterhead. They run the gamut from experimental to minimalist to downright weird and even creepy (Charles Manson…). My personal favorite is that of Bob Kane (pictured above), the artist who created Batman.  

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Jan 05, 2012

The Little Printer by BERG

created at: 01/03/2012

With all the lists, calendars, articles and games that live on my iPhone, I sometimes long for the days of paper. There's just something so enjoyable about a tactile piece of paper that you can stash in your pocket or stick to the refrigerator. Well the Little Printer from BERG is going to fill that niche very soon. 

The Little Printer is, as you might guess, a little printer…but it connects wirelessly to your iPhone and allows you to print out variety of different types of content. Everything from news articles to your to-do lists to Foursquare updates.  

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Dec 27, 2011

How to: Make a Stylish iPad Case from a Notebook

Perhaps you found a new shiny iPad under your tree this year, or maybe you're just interested in warming up your high-end tech gear with some old school, classic-guy charm, but you've gotta check out this easy, yet secure, how-to for creating an iPad from an inexpensive paper notebook, which would work equally well using an appropriately sized vintage book binding.  

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Dec 20, 2011

How to: Make Star Wars Snowflakes (Free Templates Included)

created at: 12/20/2011

Yep, these are likely on every craft/handmade/DIY/geek/tech/anything blog this season...but that's for good reason. That being: they're freaking awesome.  

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Dec 19, 2011

Have Yourself a Paper-y Little Christmas: 14 DIY Paper Craft Projects for the Holidays

Okay, jingle bell-ers, you've got a week left. The tree is up, the presents purchased, and the fire aglow. Now, its on the really good stuff - cookie baking, gift wrapping, and watching the good Christmas movies.

And, of course, putting the final touches on the decorations. For this week is the week of adding just that extra bit of festiveness to your space. So, while you're munching candy canes, cracking up at Cousin Eddie's dickie, grab a pair of scissors, and add some comfort and joy to your spot with these easy paper craft Christmas projects.

   

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Dec 09, 2011

How to: Make Colorful Snowflakes from Trash!

created at: 12/09/2011

The clever Michele of Michele Made Me shows you how to cut these intricate, colorful snowflake, created from something we all have way too much of already...  

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Dec 09, 2011

Cheeseburger Wrapping Paper Set

There's only one thing better than getting a nice, tall stack of gifts...getting a nice, tall stack of cheeseburgerly wrapped gifts. The project is the first effort of Gift Couture,

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Dec 07, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: December 7, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

The "taking a picture of myself in the mirror with my smartphone" trend gets a humorous update by replacing the camera with... a Pop Tart.  

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Dec 02, 2011

How to: Make a Geometric Holiday Garland

created at: 12/02/2011

Heads up, cool kids: Math is way hip. Particularly, geometry, facets, and gem shapes have been everywhere designy for the last two years, and there's no reason the holidays shouldn't be included in the trend.

Case in point: this geometric garland. It looks nice and handmade, is holiday-neutral, and the colors are winter-y enough that you could leave it up through February.

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Dec 01, 2011

Roundup: 9 Handmade Christmas and Holiday Cards for Men

created at: 12/01/2011

O Holy Night by A.Favorite

I've been thinking about it all morning, and I think I can safely say: I've never sent a Christmas card. Sure, I think about people I wanna connect to around the holidays, and have reached out to them in many ways, but as far as an assembly line of adding "Dear ____" to the top and "Season's Greetings! Love, Chris" to the bottom of a box of cards (which I'd then have to address!)?

Never done it.

Not that I wouldn't, of course. I'd just need to come accross the right holiday greeting cards. So, for help, I asked my buddy and stationery expert Carina Murray, of Crow + Canary, to help me pick out some of the best manly and guy-friendly holiday cards this year. And, boy, did she ever...       

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Nov 29, 2011

Free Download: Paper-Stachios - A Collection of Crafty Paper Mustaches

Okay...get this. Not only is paper artist Tommy Perez offering a collection of free, downloadble paper mustaches, but paper artist Tommy Perez is offering a collection of free, downloadble, crafting-inspired paper mustaches.

It gets no more ManMade than this, my friends.

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Nov 28, 2011

Amazing Zoetrope-Style Bicycle Wheel Animation

British graphic designer Katy Beveridge has created something, if I may, f$%*ing genius.

She inserts cut paper designs into bicycle wheels, creating a zoetrope, the "spinning device that typically produce the illusion of a moving animation from a series of static picture."

The results are really amazing. Click play below to see it in action:    

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Nov 02, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: November 2, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

The "Senseless Drawing Bot" is a "self-generated drawing machine that draws abstract dynamic lines in real time using spray paints of different colors." 

It's pretty incredible; watch this video to see it in action:

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Oct 10, 2011

Tissue Paper Skull

created at: 10/09/2011

Skull art is pretty popular in the blogosphere these days, but never before have I seen one so delicate. This skull, created by Polly Verity, is made out of tissue paper.

I can barely imagine how difficult it would be to make a three-dimensional object out of such a tenuous material...     

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Sep 26, 2011

How to: Pac-Man Halloween Garland

created at: 09/26/2011

Unless you're ready to go full out, it's kinda hard to decorate for Halloween. Anytime I've tried, my house has looked like 1) a crappy, half-finished haunted house, 2) like the clearance aisle at the discount store on November 2nd, or 3) like a kindergarten classroom.

But, wait. Hold up. What about something that's Halloween-y, but doesn't resort to overplayed imagery, and even includes a bit o' nostalgia and pop culture imagery to boot?  

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Sep 26, 2011

The Coolest Origami...Ever?

Artist Dinh Truong Giang is a Vietnamese-born artist and architecture student, currently living in Virginia. He's mastered a version of Japanese paper folding called "wet folding," which allows the paper creations to feature curved and sculpted lines, rather than the angles of traditional origami.

created at: 09/26/2011

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Sep 19, 2011

How to: Make a Clock from Junk Mail

I once heard that it takes 300 points of contact to be swayed by a piece of print advertising (that you're not already seeking out). That means a political candidate has to call, be seen on a TV ad, or send you junk mail 300 times in order for that technique to be effective.

And other than coupons or sale annoucements, I can't imagine, in this day and age, where postage is expensive, and we're touched by thousands of ads before we even check the mail, that sending stuff to a mailbox is helpful.

And yet, still it comes. So, turn that waste upside down, and make something from it.

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Sep 19, 2011

9 Incredible Book Sculptures

Some folks freak out everytime they see some traditional form of media made into something else - books, vinyl records, and the like. As someone who has altered these things into many a how-to project, I constantly recieve comments about how "sad it is that books are no longer valued" or "instead of ripping up albums, try listening to them." Folks, my entire home is filled with books. And records. And lots of old furniture, plenty of heirlooms, and even a few cassette tapes. I get it. But, not all old things are worth saving.

Or, better yet, sometime a thoughtful transformation proves

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Sep 12, 2011

How to: Make a Mod, Cruelty-Free 3D Deer Head

Part of my modus operandi on ManMade is playing with those iconic, and often stereotypical, images associated with men, masculine decor, and craftsmanship. Certainly, taxidermy goes in that category, and I did my own spin with a faux bois deer head silhouette project last year.  

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Sep 07, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: September 7, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web. 

created at: 09/07/2011

Dinosaur light paintings. And there are a lot more where

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