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Apr 21, 2017

The Process: Making a Pen on the Lathe

created at: 05/28/2013

I know it's a small thing, but your choice in writing implements can say a lot about you. Do you carry a simple plastic tube with cheap ink, or do you hold a solid, well-made piece that makes an impression? Or do you not carry anything at all? A pen holds stories and signatures, words and dreams, and you can make one that leaves an impression every time you put some words to that page.

That's why you should carry something impressive, and why you definitely should make your own.

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Jan 24, 2017

DIY Gift Time: How to Make a Simple Necklace from Scrap Wood and Basic Tools

Handmade Olive Wood Necklace for Valentines

It's that time of year! And by "that time," we mean: time to start thinking about getting a head start on a quality Valentine's Day gift. Skip the flowers and chocolate nonsense and get your hands to work on this elegant, modern necklace that is sure to stun your special someone.    

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Dec 15, 2016

Holiday How-to: Make DIY Wooden Gift Tags from Scrap...in Under 15 Minutes

Giving gifts? It's the best, right? Not cheap plastic things, and certainly not gift cards. But thoughtful custom - and most of the time handmade gifts - that I know someone will enjoy for years to come. Take a look at our list of 50 gifts for men here, and gifts for women here.

Of course, the gift has to be wrapped in something special as well. So, why would I want to use lame paper gift tags from the discount store after all that work? Here is a simple project to make some name tags that are as thoughtful as the gift.   

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Dec 02, 2016

How to: Make DIY Instagram Coasters with Your Own Photos

DIY Instagram coasters

This holiday season, I wanted to give my friends and family a customized gift with some personality. So, using nothing but our own photos and a few crafty tools, I came up with this coaster project which is super fun, super inexpensive, plenty easy, and you can dial it in perfectly for each person on your list - just raid their Instagram or social media accounts!

Let's get to it!

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Nov 30, 2016

15 Gifts Under $50 for Women

 

Not every guy is in a relationship with a woman, but between sweethearts, siblings, parents, and friends and family, almost all of us will be buying something for the women in our lives this holiday. They're special, in a million different ways; here's a solid set of gift ideas that will let them know you care.      

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Sep 23, 2016

How to: Make A Custom Rough-Cut Lumber Beer Flight Set

created at: 10/19/2014

Craft beer is growing out here on the West Coast like a wildfire in the wind. While visiting local breweries in the area, I've always been impressed by well made flight sets, so I decided to make my own.

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Sep 22, 2016

How to: Make a No-Sew Leather Tool Case

created at: 09/22/2016

Leather is strong, durable, and extremely workable. But stitching leather involves some specific two-handed, two needle techniques, some specialized gear, and some definite knowhow. So, what to do when you want to make a custom piece, but aren't ready to invest the time and materials to learn to hand sew it?

You make no-sew project: just as strong, just as customizable.    

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Aug 04, 2016

How to: Make a Vintage-Inspired Shipping Crate... Perfect for a Bottle of Whiskey

created at: 08/04/2016

Ask any one who appreciates a fine sipping experience, and they'll confirm: a bottle of spirits makes for a great gift. But, it's a bit of a strange thing to hand over. Sure, you could use a gift bag (I guess?) or just pass it unwrapped to the recipient. But, why not make the whole thing a little special with a custom crate, which can be reused for storage, or regifted onto the next guy?   

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Jun 22, 2016

Recipe: How to Make Bacon Jam

 

created at: 11/13/2012

It's jam. Made from bacon. No snappy intro paragraph needed. Just make some.     

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Feb 09, 2016

Gifts for Your Girl on Valentine's Day

ManMade Valentine's Day gift roundup
Whether you're into it or not, Valentine's Day is 'round the corner and now's the perfect time to make a plan. Let's be clear: you don't have to do gifts for Valentine's Day. But you should do something thoughtful, caring and personal. If romantic expressions aren't your forté, a nice gift can go a long way instead. 

To help you out, we've rounded up a few Valentine's Day favorites we think will be a hit this year. If there's a woman to tell I love you, then these are a good way to go. 

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Dec 04, 2015

This Year, Upgrade Your Gift Giving and Focus On The Box

You spend so much time picking out a memorable gift that will impress, but then wrap it up in a boring box? Make that box stand out as much as what's inside with these simple projects.  

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Oct 13, 2015

Looking for a Unique Gift? How About a DIY Ring Made from Colored Pencils?

Colored Pencil RingWe all love to give unique gifts. The kind that are handmade but striking, and memorable enough to stand out next to that coffeehouse giftcard. Make this polished ring from colored pencils and you're sure to leave an impression.  

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Jun 19, 2015

How to: DIY Wood Grain Flask Project

Looking for a last minute Father's Day gift? Just like to add a little texture and warmth to some everyday items? Check out this simple woodgrain flask tutorial.    

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Jun 17, 2015

Father's Day Done Right: How to Make Your Own "Manly" Gift Crate

Finished and Packed Gift CrateSkip that wrapping paper and put together a memorable gift crate for Father's Day. Here's a hot sauce filled wooden crate that will make you his favorite kid for yet another year.  

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Jun 11, 2015

How to: Make a Manly Gift Box

Clamping The CrateGiving another man a gift is hard enough already, but then picking the right wrapping paper or gift bag is altogether impossible. Here's a DIY project to hold that awesome gift instead.

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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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Feb 09, 2015

Gift Guide: 14 DIYable Handmade Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

created at: 02/09/2015

The best gifts come from the heart, and it's infinitely better if they can come from human hands as well.   

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Jan 02, 2015

How To: Make Wax Dipped Bottles

Wax Dipped Bottles

If you want to make that drinkable gift very personal, go ahead and add a wax seal to those bottles for a personal touch.  

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Dec 09, 2014

Make These: DIY Brushed Metal Gift Tags

DIY Aluminum Gift Tags

What better way to add a touch of the masculine, industrial look to your holiday gift-giving than with some hand stamped, hand brushed aluminum gift tags? This easy tutorial will have you throwing out those name tag stickers and kraft paper tags for these rugged and reusable name plates.  

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Dec 04, 2014

ManMade's 2014 Guide to Gift Card-Less Holiday Giving

created at: 12/02/2014

You owe it to your friends and family to be a good gift giver. Rule number one: cool it with the gift cards ... there's always a better solution. Below is our list of ideas to spark your true gifting spirit, sponsored by our friends at the Murphy-Goode Winery (who believe in serious wine, serious fun, and doing good).

Every gift says something to the recipient. Another $25 to spend at Amazon says, "I'm lazy" and doesn't capture season's spirit. No one will be moved because you stopped by that end cap before exiting the grocery store.

ManMade Gift Guide 2014 - Sponsored by Murphy Goode

Instead, give something that shows you actually care. Here are some gift card-alternatives with enough appeal to give to nearly anyone on your list.

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