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Apr 16, 2010

How To: Make a Top Hat from Scrap Paper

created at: 04/16/2010

"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.

created at: 04/16/2010

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Apr 14, 2010

Totally Horrifying Stationary

There was a time I thought the embossed petunias and tiny blue birds on my grandma's thank you notes were the scariest things I'd ever seen printed on stationary.

And then this morning, I stumbled upon the letterheads of 13th Street, Germany's premier horror and crime channel, designed by Jacques Pense. Each sheet of paper, envelope, and note are emblazened with zombies who interact with the office supplies that are place upon them - staples through the face, a binder ring in the eye, or peeled off flesh from an envelope pull tab.

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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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Feb 25, 2010

ManMaker: Johnny Kelly's Paper Cut Animation

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 02/11/2010

I can't imagine a better way to spend two minutes than watching Johnny Kelly's "The Seed." It's an animated voyage of a single apple seed,  through its natural life cycle: germination to fruit, digestion and back to the ground.

created at: 02/25/2010

Watch it, and then check out the equally interesting making of feature, which shows the process of combing the paper stop motion with 2D handdrawn animation.

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Feb 15, 2010

ManMaker: Steve Nicholson's Hole Punched Art

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 02/11/2010
Steve Nicholson is a second year Graphic Communication student...and an ace with a hole punch. He created this self portrait in full analog style - one dude, one piece of A1 paper, and ten differently sized single hole punches. The result is pretty impressive display of halftone-like holeyness.

created at: 02/15/2010  

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Feb 12, 2010

How To: Make Your Own Moleskine-Like Notebooks.

In the era of smart phones, tablet pcs, and very useful, well-designed computer-based to-do apps, there's still something quite organic and almost human about scraping a pencil across the fibers of a piece of paper. So, even the most wired-up creative set still keep a notebook around - for speed, accuracy, and sometimes, inspiration.

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The Moleskine has become the standard, due in large part to a clever marketing approach at the Barnes and Noble superchain, who entice would-be highbrow superstars to use the same notebook used by Picasso, Matisse, and Hemingway. But despite their beauty, Moleskines are ludicrously overpriced. And...we never buy what we can make.  

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Feb 03, 2010

Free Printable Poster: Happiness is a Warm Glue Gun

created at: 2010/02/02

ManMade is not even a month old yet, but we're thrilled to have so many of you interacting with us and letting us know what you think.

So, to say thanks, we're offering a free poster that you can download [PDF] and print off at home!  

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