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Jan 06, 2015

How to: Make a Simple Wallet from a Coffee Bag

Coffee WalletLast night I was in a conversation with some friends about wallets because we all remembered being in junior high, and the duct tape wallet was a pretty big fad... for eighth graders. None of us had the time, cash, or skills (most likely) to create awesome leather wallets like we might have liked, but I always was a fan of the DIY ethos, especially when it comes to such a personal item I tend to use everyday.  

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Nov 25, 2014

Not Your Average Pallet Table

Table made from pallets

I must admit. I'm not a big fan of the palette wood "revolution." It's a limiting product and it involves a lot of labor to get the result you want. However, I stumbled across this table that approached pallets in an amazing way and it totally got me buzzing for a nice pile of the stuff.    

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Aug 06, 2014

How to: Make a Pendant Lamp from a Baseball Bat

Here's a cool take on the you-can-make-anything-into-a-lamp project: a sleek, hanging pendant lamp made from an upcycled baseball bat.    

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Mar 12, 2014

How to: Make Your Own DIY Upcycled Plant Markers

DIY Plant Markers

Spring is just around the corner...kinda. While we're waiting a little longer to get seeds in the ground, here's a fun indoor project to prep for the season.    

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Feb 05, 2014

How To: Turn an Old Tire into a Rustic Ottoman

When you think about it, a tire is a perfect place to rest your feet. It's round, plenty sturdy, and soft enough to easy accept hardware while being rigid enough to maintain it.

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Jan 30, 2014

How to: Give New Life to an Old Cutting Board

upcycled cutting board

Fact: Wooden cutting boards get yucky...banged up, stained, rough, gouged, and with over exposure to water, the wood fibers get all fluffy and feather. But, it's still wood, and with a little effort, you can bring it back to life with a few easy steps.

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Jan 28, 2014

Quick and Easy Winter Project: How to Make a Wine Cork Trivet

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The wine cork trivet is a DIY staple, putting perfectly good materials to clever reuse. 

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Oct 31, 2013

The $500 DIY Glass Home

The $500 DIY Glass Home

Meet Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz, a young couple from West Virginia who built this woodland retreat from (mostly) upcycled materials. Nick, a photographer, and Lilah, a clothing designer, embarked in their DIY adventure after from a desire to be "closer to the elements," and used as many materials found on the property that they could. 

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Oct 29, 2013

How to: Make a Secret Bookshelf Stash and Storage Spot

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I still remember the first ManMade-ish project I ever made: a hollow book safe. I was about eight, and my buddy Nick had this awesome "how to be a secret spy"-style book to inspire us, and we snagged two big hardbacks from his parents' library and used a utility knife to carve away the pages. I remember thinking we probably shouldn't be cutting up books off the shelf, nor should we likely be using a utility knife without supervision, but - hey - we were spies, and spies don't ask permission. 

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Aug 05, 2013

How to: Make a Smartphone Dock from a Vintage Camera

Whoa, dude. Yep,  analog and digital just got married and created a baby that combines the best of both worlds. Err, um, I mean: Learn how to make your own phone dock from of a vintage camera!

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Jul 23, 2013

How To: Make a Custom Rug from Carpet Tiles

If you have one of those awkward corners in your place, where no store-bought carpet will work, then this DIY project is perfect for you. Don't worry, it doesn't have to be pink.

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Jul 11, 2013

DIY Idea: Make a Side Table Out of an IKEA Hamper

We never tire of a clever IKEA hack, and this is one of our faves. What used to keep track of your dirty socks can now hold your coffee and magazines.

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Jun 03, 2013

How to: Make a Picture Frame from a Vintage Leather Belt

Thrift stores in my neighborhood are full of these extra thick, extra decorative Western-style "cowboy" belts that look more late 1980s line dancing than late 1880s cattle rustler. It'd take a partner much braver than me to wear one in the real world, but

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Apr 18, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Cabinet from Upcycled Flooring Scraps

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For any DIY enthusiast, the clearance bin at the DIY store is a regular stop. This project, the Oddstock Floored Wardrobe was designed and built to take advantage of that bin. Brazilian teak prefinished hardwood flooring was found on clearance for an irresistible price. The box had apparently been returned from a large flooring job.

To make use of all the boards, they were cut to short, mitered pieces and arranged in a chevron pattern. Metal tile flooring dividers were used to hide the board edges, trimming out the doors. A simple box deep enough to house clothes on hangers was placed on Queen Anne legs for a romantic look. After many searches for the right door handles, utilitarian garage door handles were chosen because of their large size and casual appearance. A coat hook and mirror were added to the inside of the door for accessories.

You can change the look to be more modern by using straight legs instead. Fill the bottom with shoes or boxes and add shelves if you like, or try other types of wood flooring and experiment with different patterns. 

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Feb 07, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Laptop Sleeve from a Secondhand Wool Sweater

I'm always a fan of warming up technology with cases and accessories made from organic materials like wood, leather, and natural fabrics. By day, my phone lives in leather (this one), and by night, charges on tree branches. So, this DIY laptop case project made from an old 100% wool sweater

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Sep 19, 2012

DIY Idea: Make a Portable Lunch Box Stereo

Brian Wood Arkansas-based BSquared Inc came up with this super creative solution for taking your tunes on the go. He built a portable iPod speaker/amplifier inside a vintage lunchbox, complete with a volume/power knob and beautiful wood casework to house the components.  

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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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Apr 16, 2012

30 Alternatives to the Traditional Nightstand

The nightstand or bedside table is an essential. Regardless of how minimalist-y you live, everyone needs a place to store a few essentials: your alarm clock, your glasses, a glass of water, some books and magazines. Except, it's pretty rare, at least among young adults, to have a pair that actually match your bed as set. So, you've gotta find ones that are similar in wood tone and details and hardware and trim...or you can just skip the traditional nightstand altogether, and opt for one of these alternatives instead.  

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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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Jan 26, 2012

Artist Nicholas Ruiz Creates Bow Ties from Recycled Objects for the MoMA

When Queens, NY-based artist Nicholas Ruiz had finished up the work for the Picasso: Guitars 1912–1914 exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, Ruiz decided to pay tribute to the artist by creating a custom bowtie from guitar picks and super glue for the exhibit opening. 

   

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