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Oct 10, 2015

Giveaway: Tell Us About Your Perfect Backyard BBQ and Win a Big Green Egg (a $500+ Value)

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Let's be clear: we love our ManMade readers. We appreciate your loyalty, your comments, your ideas, your feedback, your readership, your images, and the community that we've built together that allows us to keep doing this for more than five years (!). 

You guys are great, and we hope we say it enough. 

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Sep 08, 2015

How to: Make These DIY Rustic Floating Plant Boxes

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Plants, my friends. Plants. Succulents, ferns, ivies, flowers, cacti, sedum, even tiny trees are all an awesome way to bring some life into any space, indoors or out. These simple, rustic boxes allow you to get the plants off the floors and flat surfaces and onto the walls, where they can be seen and get the light they need. The boxes make it easy to combine a variety of pots, containers, and hanging planters, and maintain a cohesive vibe.   

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Sep 01, 2015

Great Cooking is All About Good Technique and Ingredients. Here are Two Solid, Standby Recipes to Win Dinner Every Time

Two recipes that highlight quality ingredients and essential techniques.
By the time you're thirty, there are a few things you really should know how to do, like fixing a flat tire, fixing a leaky faucet ... and fixing a meal. You don’t have to be an amazing cook, but every man definitely needs some standbys to pull out when guests are coming around. A dish or two he knows well, with ingredients and techniques he understands.

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Aug 26, 2015

How to Build a Better Barbecue

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Fact: Food tastes better when enjoyed outside. It might not show up in a scientific journal, but all the anecdotal evidence supports the superior flavor of eating in the open air, whether it's a restaurant patio, your backyard deck, or a neighborhood block party. 

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Aug 24, 2015

Want to Learn How to Make this Hanging Planter Project? Join Us For a Free Workshop!

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I mean, who doesn't love a hanging planter project? It brings some life into your home, gives your walls a fresh look, and provides and excuse to use some power tools!   

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Aug 11, 2015

New Features in Adobe Elements 13 - Win a Copy Of Your Own!


For the last few months, we've been teaming up with Adobe Photoshop Elements for a series of creative tutorials: a cool block-printed poster, a tin-type effect photography project, a customized 'Ex-Libris' stamp, and a fun, photographic DIY headboard. Today we're giving you another chance to win your own copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 13. Read on to find out how to enter.

At ManMade, we believe in process, craft, and creativity. Our goal is to help guys bring the art of 'making stuff' into their everyday life. And having the ability to digitally edit and compose photos is a huge part of that. Here are some of the new features in Adobe

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Aug 04, 2015

Finally: Here's How To Pay Friends with Your Smartphone

Cash is boring. Use your smartphone.
Is it just me, or has the future turned out to be a bit of a disappointment? Hoverboards and jetpacks aside, I still can't beam anybody up, or down, or cook steak in my microwave, or have a sassy robot maid clean my house. But Square Cash is one area in which the future seems to have delivered, and I've been telling everyone about it for almost a year now. But, let me back up a bit and talk about the suckiness of non-future-money: paper currency.

Do you know what happens every third time I visit the drive-through ATM to get cash? I lose my card in the machine. Do you know how many armpits, waist bands, and god-knows-what-other sweaty places

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Jul 20, 2015

8 Tips for Taking Amazing Summer Travel Photos with Your Smartphone

Travel smartphone photo tips.

I've spent many vacations lugging high-end camera gear around to document my travels. But these days, my phone has replaced every piece of gear I used to carry; for their convenience and the decent quality photographs they can take, smartphone cameras are hard to beat. And  a little know-how will help you get the best images possible out of that little pocket-sized gadget. I'll walk you through some of my favorite composition tips, and show you a few ways to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to give your photos an extra boost. Here's how to do it. 

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Jul 14, 2015

How to: Make a Hood Ornament

Quick: what was the make, model, and production year of the first car you owned? Mine was a 1984 Honda Civic, tan, with a tape deck that got used significantly, and get this, power door locks! Snazzy!

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I bet most of you had no trouble answering that question - the cars you've driven throughout your life leave a mark on you. Remember how bad you wanted that soft-top Jeep in high school? Or the white Celica you took with your girlfriend on that first big cross-country road trip?

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Jul 07, 2015

DIY Painting Made Easy

Tackling your next home painting project is made easy with Purdy. No matter the experience level, you can become a master paint ninja with the finest painting tools. From brushes and rollers, to do-it yourself publications, Purdy’s painting tools are personally handcrafted and made for any crazy project you’re ready to master. 

  Painting made easy with Purdy

Become a painting master with Purdy. See how at: www.purdyhouseofpaint.com.  

 

This post is sponsored by Purdy

 

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Jun 29, 2015

Make It: A Fun and Photographic DIY Headboard Upgrade (+ a Giveaway!)

Upgrade your headboard with black and white photos

A while ago, I made a really great headboard for my bedroom. I'm pretty attached to it, as it was one of my first woodworking projects ever.  From time to time we’ve placed things above the board to keep the décor fresh and fun. So, it’s time again to liven it up with some new photographs! Also, read on to the bottom of the post to find out how to win a free copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 13!

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Jun 24, 2015

30 Things Every Man Should Know About Wine

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The existence of wine predates the written language and for good reason. At ManMade, we take our wine-loving and appreciation seriously, so we partnered with our brothers at Murphy-Goode Winery to bring you the essential things we believe every man should know about wine. It's Murphy-Goode's 30th anniversary (their Maniversary), so we thought we'd share thirty tips, ideas, and bits of trivia to celebrate. Here we go: 

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Jun 15, 2015

How to: Make a DIY Rolling Grill Cart and BBQ Prep Station

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If I could, I'd never not grill in the summer time. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snacks ... all of 'em would be over the open flame. It's the flavor, sure, and those attractive grill marks, but what I really love about grilling season is just cooking outside. Why hang out in the kitchen next to the stove when you can be in the summer air, surrounded by lightning bugs and tiki torches, with music in the background? 
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So, I decided to take both the preparation and the cooking steps outside, and build this DIY grill cart and rollable prep station. It's got a large, counter-height top for slicing and prepping foods, two storage shelves to keep things organized, and collection of hooks and features to make for a great cooking experience. 

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Jun 10, 2015

11 Seriously Good Gifts You'll Actually Want to Give Your Dad for Father's Day (and a Giveaway!)

Father's Day Gift Guide

What gifts did you receive from your father? Did he teach you to play chess? How to hike down a steep hill, feet turned sideways? How to go camping and sleep in the back of a 1977 Chevrolet Monza hatchback, looking up at the sky for shooting stars?

If you've got a dad, grandfather, husband, or even a son (who's a dad), you probably have lots of reasons to say thank you to that person. Here's a list of things I'd love to give (or receive) this Father's Day. 

For this gift guide, we teamed up with Duluth Trading Company, makers of quality apparel, backed by a No-Bull Guarantee. We've tried a bunch of their stuff, and are recommending some of it here, because we think it's worth recommending. Read on to the bottom to find out how to enter to win one of three Duluth Trading Co. gift cards!

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Jun 05, 2015

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part III: Bringing it All Together - The Big Reveal

How to Host an All Out Backyard Barbecue
This week, we're sharing the ultimate guy's guide to backyard entertaining. We've covered preparing your backyard and getting ready for guests, as well as some easy DIY tricks to improve the space and create the right vibe. Then, we shared some ideas for the food - moving beyond hamburgers and hot dogs to create some seriously tasty grilled goodies, as well as tips for finding the right wine to bring everything together.

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Jun 04, 2015

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part II: The Food and Drinks

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This week, we're sharing the ultimate guy's guide to backyard entertaining. In Part I, we created the game plan: getting your outdoor space ready to go, invites, music and entertainment.

Part II is about the centerpieces of any get-together: food and drinks. To help, we partnered with Murphy-Goode, a Sonoma winery that makes great wines for occasions just like this one: good times, good friends, and good food. Read on for lots of tips and ideas to make it happen.   

How To Host an All Out Backyard BBQ

Table of Contents

Planning the Menu

Cooking for a Crowd: A cookout is not a dinner party. No courses, no place-cards, no roast-carving. And that, friends, is a good thing.

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Jun 03, 2015

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue, Part I: The Plan

Being a party-goer is easy: you show up, eat food, drink drink, have fun, and go home. Nice. But sometimes you need to return the favor, do your part and be a good guy. Sometimes, it's gotta be your turn to host.

How to Host an All-Out Backyard Barbecue - Part 1

That's why we're creating the ultimate man's guide to backyard entertaining. We're skipping the burgers and hot dogs, but saving the grill-power and the open flame. This is no fancy dinner party with flowers and special place settings and specialized utensils. But it is an event for grown-ups (read: no kegs) who want to get together and enjoy a great evening of good grub, tasty wine and conversation. 

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Jun 01, 2015

Want to Learn How to Make this Awesome DIY Grill Cart? Join Us For a Free Workshop!

created at: 06/01/2015

It's June, baby. Which means: it's officially grilling season. Not that it ever went away, but summer's the time to move from "I'm gonna fire up the grill cause it's cold outside and I really need some of warm weather flavor" to creating entire feasts outdoors and over an open flame.

And to be successful, you gotta stay organized, and have a place to work. So, let's build this DIY grill cart complete with a work surface, storage shelves, tool hooks and racks, and lots more.       

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May 29, 2015

My Big Kitchen Upgrade: Two Mouth-Watering Recipes for You To Try

Steak with Wasabi Cream SauceDuring the last few weeks, I've been hard at work remodeling our kitchen with some simple DIY upgrades, and brand new pro-grade appliances from Frigidaire Professional. Now that I've worked up an appetite, my wife and I put our heads together and came up with two delicious recipes to test out on our new equipment. Read on for the full recipes, and some palette pleasing food photos.

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May 27, 2015

David's DIY Kitchen Upgrade - The Final Reveal

 

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The kitchen is the center of the home. It's arguably the most important room in the house, and, for many of us, it's the room that gets the most use. Unfortunately, my kitchen was kind of a bummer. Like the weird roommate you got stuck with your freshman year of college - you know, the one who never left the room and sort of started to blend into the beige cinderblock walls after awhile - that was my kitchen. 

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