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Mar 16, 2011

How To: Fold a Shamrock from a Dollar Bill

Just so you know, it's really, really hard to find a St. Patrick's Day themed how-to project that's not 1) for kids 2) super cheesy or 3) for kids and super cheesy. 

But, this easy Shamrock dollar bill is kinda fun. I say fold a couple of fives and use them to pay for your green beers tomorrow. Not that you would actually buy green beers. Cause that's ridiculous.

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Mar 11, 2011

How To: Make This Amazing Geometric Mobile from an Old Phone Book

Yeah, buddy...Check out this super cool "himmeli" mobile my friend Elizabeth Abernathy [the brains behind Nuno mag] created using an upcycled, out-of-date phone book. (Right, it's out of date cause its a phone book. Got it.)

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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 09, 2011

Dollargami : $1 Paper Art

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One Christmas (maybe 1990 or '91?), I got a 'cool things for kids to do' book, and spent several of the awkward hours at the uncomfortable side of the family's gathering trying to follow the step-by-step directions and perfecting the dollar bill ring.

These dollar bill origami projects are a lot cooler than that.

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Feb 04, 2011

Free Download: "Arrested Development" Paper Dolls

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Kyle Hilton got a bit distracted from an illustration project that was due soon. And by distracted, I mean he did what the best of us have: he started watching an entire season of Arrested Development. Inspired by his choice procrastination, he started another illustration project: paper dolls of the show's memorable moments.    

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Jan 31, 2011

Free Patent Illustration Valentine's Day Cards

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Sometimes, you don't just need to tell your loved ones you care, you need to show them how it actually works. Steve Hoefer whipped up these free Valentine's Day cards using vintage patent illustrations and some clever tag lines.

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Jan 17, 2011

100 Exceptionally Cool Free Papercraft Models and Toys

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In response to our snow-filled declaration of Paper Day last week, ManMade reader Stephanie email me to share this awesome roundup of 100 papercraft templates available for a free download.

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Jan 11, 2011

How To: Fold a Paper Wallet

It's official: I'm declaring today, Tuesday, January 11th 2011, Paper Day! Most of the country is under a winter storm advisory, so lots of us are stuck inside, eating from the fridge and looking for something to do. Since you might not be able to get out of the house and pick up supplies for a large scale DIY project, we'll be offering four sweet and FREE how-to or printable projects to keep you busy.

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Paper Day, Part 4: Fold a Paper Wallet

Guess what I learned today?!

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Jan 11, 2011

Free Moravian Star Cut-out

It's official: I'm declaring today, Tuesday, January 11th 2011, Paper Day! Most of the country is under a winter storm advisory, so lots of us are stuck inside, eating from the fridge and looking for something to do. Since you might not be able to get out of the house and pick up supplies for a large scale DIY project, we'll be offering four sweet and FREE how-to or printable projects to keep you busy.

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Paper Day, Part 3: Moravian Star

A Moravian star is a popular Advent and Christmas decoration in Germany. They originated as a geometry lesson, but eventually became adapted by the Moravian Church as a holiday symbol. [Read more here]

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Jan 11, 2011

How To: Fold a $5 Bill to Give Lincoln a Baseball Cap

It's official: I'm declaring today, Tuesday, January 11th 2011, Paper Day! Most of the country is under a winter storm advisory, so lots of us are stuck inside, eating from the fridge and looking for something to do. Since you might not be able to get out of the house and pick up supplies for a large scale DIY project, we'll be offering four sweet and FREE how-to or printable projects to keep you busy.

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Paper Day, Part 1: Lincoln Gets a Cap

Hilarious and seemingly easy instructions to turn Honest Abe into a true b-boy. Once here's there, you could turn him into a puppet for an impromptu performance, or whip out your camera for a quick-and-easy stop motion project.  

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Jan 10, 2011

One Last Holiday Post: Pranksters Gift Wrap their Friend's Entire Home

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I know, I know. The holidays are over...even I took down all my seasonal decor over the weekend. 

BUT! This kind of awesomeness is worth watching, year-round. Plus, we figure these guys actually completed this after Christmas, and grabbed all that terrible gift wrap when it was 90% off.   

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Click through to watch the video:    

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Jan 07, 2011

Papercraft Andy Warhol [Free Download]

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Matt Hawkins created this incredible, and free!, Andy Warhol papercraft template, which you can download and fold up yourself!

Who wouldn't want one of these? Heading to my printer to plug in now.   

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Jan 05, 2011

Free Download: Dr. Who Papercraft Templates

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Well, would you look at that?! Some generous soul has created a huge library of free, downloadable Dr. Who papercraft templates. They've got all sorts of good doctors, daleks, tardises, cybermen, and plenty others.

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Dec 22, 2010

Playing with Your Food: The Amazing Work of Sarah Illenberger

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Merry Christmas to me, friends. I'm totally jazzed by these humorous, conceptual art pieces by Berlin-based Sarah Illenberger.

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Dec 14, 2010

How To: Quick and Easy Hand-Printed Wrapping Paper

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I'm still keeping up with my handmade only Christmas gifts this year, which, if you ask me, means I also gotta create my own wrapping paper. I added a typographic punch to brown craft paper, and made a super fast hand drawn snowflake paper, but decided I needed a little color under my tree. Not wanting to spend a ton of time, I whipped up several sheets of mod hand-printed paper in under an hour. 

Here's how to do it:  

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Dec 14, 2010

Holiday Download Freebie: Typographic Gift Tags

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After completing my typographic gift wrap tutorial, I randomly Googled the term to see what else might come up. I found lots of weird, and surprisingly expensive, specialty paper sheets, but also came across this cool holiday freebie.

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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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Dec 10, 2010

How to Make 3D Paper Snowflakes

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Three or four years ago, these 3D paper snowflakes exploded all over the how-to and home decor blogosphere, and they've been an essential part of my holiday season ever since. I love the methodical tape slicing and paper cutting that perfectly matches a viewing of Christmas Vacation or Scrooged. This year, there's a total of sixteen hanging all over my home, and in case you haven't seen this how-to somewhere, I thought I'd share.

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Dec 07, 2010

How To: Make Typographic Gift Wrap

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This year, I vowed to only make or buy handmade holiday gifts for my friends and family, and I've kept to it so far. But wrapping these gifts in commercial paper didn't seem to make much sense, so I wanted to create some handmade gift wrap to match. I happen to think a gift wrapped in newsprint is actually quite attractive, and love the look of text on a package, but wanted to put in a little more effort. So I came up with a cool option that's clean, masculine, and maintains the typographic look of the newsprint. Plus, it eliminates the need for any "to:/from" tags, as the recipient's name is right there in tasteful type.

Once I figured it out, it was actually quite easy and quick - less than ten minutes per gift. The unbleached brown craft paper is only $1.25 per roll, and the book pages came from 25¢ war novel at the secondhand shop. To me, this beats the pants off of any mass-produced "Ho Ho Ho" paper in both price and style.

Here's how to do it:  

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