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Jun 11, 2018

How to Throw a Great Father's Day Lawn Party (Everything You Need!)

How to throw a perfect father's day party
This year we teamed up with Lowe's to throw an early Father's Day lawn party for our friends and family. Today I'll share the nitty gritty details, all the pretty pictures, and (hopefully) inspire you to pull together a few last minute DIYs for this weekend's Father's Day celebrations. Read on to find out what we did, and download everything you'll need to throw a party of your own.

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Jan 11, 2017

Make This: DIY Vintage Electric Camp Lantern

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Autumn is the perfect time of year for camping, pumpkins, crunchy leaves and hurricane lamps. Ok, maybe it's just me, but I love these lamps. They bring a certain sense of camp-like nostalgia to my heart and I have a couple around the house.    

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Aug 09, 2016

Make This: Custom DIY Dart Board Set

Dart BoardI don't think any rec room or local pub worth its dinged up bar top is completewithout a simple dart board in it. Here are a few tips to make a classy board set that will give that room some serious character. 

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Aug 17, 2015

Restoring a Classic Desk Fan with New Leather Blades

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When Sean came across this model 94646-E “Northwind” oscillating electric fan by Emerson Electric, dated to about 1955, he knew it'd be a stylish, character-filled replacement to his recently busted cheap plastic box fan. So, he got it home, plugged it in, and it whirred "like a cheetah." 

And within ten minutes, he totally cut himself on the sharp, spinning metal blades. Yikes.    

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Aug 03, 2015

Walk Through JFK’s Space Age-Designed TWA Terminal Before It’s Gone

Eero Saarinen's 1962 JFK airport terminal, long since dormant and closed to the public, is finally being renovated and turned into a luxury hotel. But not before teams of photographers and architecture historians have had their way documenting it.   

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May 04, 2015

How to: Build a Vintage Transistor Radio (in an Hour)

created at: 05/03/2015If you've ever found yourself looking for a good project to MacGyver, building a transistor radio seems like a good place to start. This vintage design comes from 1956, and as advertised can easily be built within an hour.   

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Apr 27, 2015

A Retro Redesigned Adventure Bus

As a high-schooler I always had the dream of creating one of these homemade mobile RV units for me and my buddies like this 1959 Chevrolet Viking Short Bus Retro. Of course it turns out that lots of other DIY-ers share this enthusiasm and are out there everyday building awesome rides or restoring old ones.   

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Apr 14, 2015

How to: Make Your Own [Working] Apple II Watch

Faithfully imagined as an anarchistic time piece that never was, Aleator777 of Instructables.com walks you through his design process in creating a working Apple Watch of his own with basic functions that resembled the classic Apple II. Just a little 3D printing and a computer chip...   

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Jan 28, 2015

PlanetQuest: Vintage-y Graphic Space Tourism Ads From NASA

created at: 01/29/2015

I dunno how you boys feel about interstellar travel, but I'm a hardcore sucker when it comes to anything relating to the subject. Whether it's a comical take on its treatment in movies or a serious treatise on the realities of the universe, I check yes every time. So you can imagine my excitement when NASA's subsidiary computing project, PlanetQuest, came out with these fake, retro travel advertisements for recently discovered planets.    

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Jan 22, 2015

Design Inspiration: We Love Antique Typewriters

Blickensderfer Typewriter

Once upon a time the typewriter was as beautiful as the words it pounded out. Take a look at these exceptional examples of beautiful antiques that put our current tech to shame.  

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Sep 16, 2014

How to: Turn a Vintage TV into a Modern Media Center

created at: 09/16/2014

I'm a total sucker for stuff like this. We've all seen that old television from the post-atomic, retro-future design era with an awesome case, but less than stellar image quality by today's HD standards. 

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Apr 28, 2014

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh

Designer and LEGO artist Chris McVeigh, the mastermind behind these LEGO ornament sets, presents his latest series of builds: retro technology, including old tube televisions, Ataris, rotary telephones, vintage cameras, and an NES.    

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Jul 31, 2013

Famous Shoes: Pop Culture's Most Iconic Footware

Photographer Federico Mauro has embarked on capturing some famous style pieces and accessories: eyeglasses, musical instruments, even guns. But I'm especially intrigued by his shoes...something rarely seen in movie closeups and 3/4 shots, but just as iconic as the rest of the wardrobe.    

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Jan 18, 2013

How to: Make Your Own Tetris Cookies

Ready to feel old? The Nintendo Game Boy was released almost twenty four years ago. Nearly a quarter of a century. To pay homage to the obvious best Game Boy game experience ever (except maybe "Kwirk"), Francois came up with a technique to make these tasty, colorful, and grid-able iced cookies. 

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Oct 08, 2012

Amazing Photos of Vintage Signs by Marc Shur

Photographer Marc Shur has a knack for finding the most amazing vintage roadsign and Googie signage and photographing them so as to both capture their incredible colors and shapes and adding his own artistic touch.    

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Aug 13, 2012

A Bat-Signal Made from Strings and Nails

Artist Stephen Ball has been experimenting with blending pop culture and retro crafting, creating a string art version of the Bat-Signal.  

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Jul 24, 2012

Mesmerizing Vintage-Inspired Motion Graphics by Matthew DiVito

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Boston-based graphic artist and designer Matther DiVito has created these fantastic geometric animations that remind me of the little production studio tags at the end of the education TV shows we watched as kids in the 80s - like the end of 3-2-1 Contact or those "The More You Know" bits from Saturday morning.

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Jul 05, 2012

How to: Give Your Digital Photos a Retro Analog Effect

With Instagram and Hipstamic and infinite other smartphone apps, it's quite easy to run a snapshot through a filter or four, and come out with something that with deeply saturated colors, vignette-y borders, selective focus, and all the other trappings of film and old cameras.  

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Jun 14, 2012

8-Bit T-Shirts Inspired by Retro Video Games and Movies

created at: 06/13/2012

I've long been a fan of 8-bit/pixel art. It's retro, geeky and just plain fun. So, I see no reason why the 8-bit world shouldn't cross over into my wardrobe, don't you think? These awesome pixelated t-shirts designed by Luke Morgan look like they'd be the perfect!  

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Jun 01, 2012

The Bottle of Wits: "The Princess Bride" Wine Packaging Design

There's nothing like one of your favorite things from childhood (The Princess Bride) joining hands with something you love as an adult (great design) for the purpose of something you like plenty (wine) at something you strive to support (independent movie theaters).

Enter The Bottle of Wits, which is each of those beloved things, and probably more.  

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