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How to: Make Nutella Hot Chocolate

created at: 12/18/2013

It's not that hot chocolate is hard to make...especially if you go for the little packets of powder. But there's definitely something seriously straightforward about making a fresh cup with only two high-quality ingredients that makes it much more likely to enjoy a cup every night between now and the new year. … Man Made DIY
Dec. 15, 2017, 4 p.m.


7 Actually Listenable Versions of Truly Terrible Christmas Songs

Okay... Christmas music. It has the simultaneous ability to both 1) make you feel all present and warm inside and 2) repel you as far away from any valuing of tradition and seasonal good will as possible. The good songs are good because they're classics, or because some clever band you'd already like in non-December contexts decided to take their turn at a holiday record.

But the bad songs are bad in so. many. ways. At one extreme, they're aggressive mall...
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Dec. 14, 2017, 10:07 p.m.


DIY Gift Idea: How to Make a Travel Cocktail Kit

When you're on the road, the trail, or up in the air, it's not always easy to procure a high-quality cocktail. At least not without paying the room service kid $17 plus tip for some watered-down mess.

It is, however, fairly easy to locate, or pack, some reasonably drinkable spirits and a glass. And once you have that, you can make simply make yourself a proper drink with this DIY travel, carry-on friendly cocktail kit.

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Dec. 12, 2017, 11:30 p.m.


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...
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Dec. 11, 2017, 4:21 p.m.


14 Legitimately Good Stocking Stuffers for Men Who Like to Make Things

At this point in the season, the big gifts have already been decided. And if you're on your game, they're boxed, wrapped, and under the tree. But this week is all about the little bits: the practical things, the accessories, and the stocking stuffers. If you or someone on your list is a maker, DIYer, woodworker, tinkerer, or just a general creative type who likes to build and fix things, here's our list of quality stocking stuffers that are just as good as whatever's in that huge box with the bow...
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Dec. 8, 2017, 9:30 p.m.


7 Things I'm Totally Obsessed with This Month (December 2017 Edition)

A very special holiday edition of the thoughts, artwork, news stories, tools, food, conversations, and whatever else I just can't get out of my head this month. … Continue reading on ManMadeDIY.com


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Dec. 7, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

DIY Gift Idea: Make Your Own Wood-Infused Booze

As far as holiday gifts go, it's hard to beat something to sip. And this year, you can do a little better than swinging by the grocery store and grabbing a bottle of wine.

This wood-infused spirits project only more work than simply buying something from the liquor store, but boosts all kinds of flavor benefits and handmade points.

Make some in bulk for everyone you know, and your holiday shopping is done. … Man Made DIY
Dec. 6, 2017, 8:20 p.m.


Okay, Let's Settle This: What's the Greatest Christmas Movie of All Time?

Many are schmaltzy, a few actually festive, and plenty completely unwatchable, but like it or not, the annual viewing of many a holiday film classic just comes along with the season. And if someone in your house is going to watch one anyway, you might as well make it something worth revisiting year after year. … Continue reading on ManMadeDIY.com


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Dec. 5, 2017, 9:38 p.m.

How to Cut a Perfect Circle with a Jigsaw

A quality jigsaw is one of my favorite tools, and a seriously good DIY best buy. Armed with the right blade, you can cut all sorts of materials into nearly any two-dimensional shape you please. And most-importantly, do it safely.

But it's flexibility as a creative tool is also its liability. Like a pencil, it can go in any direction, but in the hands of a human being, those directions will never be without the marks of our innate imperfection. Straight lines can be accomplished with a fence, but a...
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Dec. 4, 2017, 10 p.m.


How to: The Simple, Easy Trick to Instantly Improve Your Hot Toddy

I have gone on record, in this publication and elsewhere, about why the hot toddy is the perfect cocktail to be sipping in December. It's warm. It's spiced. And at least according to folk wisdom, it's good for your health, and can help to heal a nasty wintertime sore throat. But, to be honest, until last Tuesday evening, I didn't actually like a hot toddy.


They were fine, but not delicious, and not really an improvement over a simple glass of neat whiskey. (You could<...
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Dec. 1, 2017, 7:30 p.m.


Hey, ManMade Readers: Can You Please Help Me Pick a New Remote Control?

Hi, all. Chris here. I spent a bunch of time trying to research something last night, and I'm still not sure I'm any more informed than I was before I started. So, I thought I might solicit the very smart and helpful ManMade audience, and let the experts weigh in.

My household needs a new remote control. We've been using the stock one that came with our receiver, plus all the individual remotes for our streaming devices. Currently, it requires at least two of them to select a source, start a show or ...
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Dec. 1, 2017, 6 p.m.


This is the Best 79¢ You Can Spend on Your DIY Projects

Earlier this week, I was asked to be interviewed about getting started in making things, and the conversation turned towards the best tools for the money. The guy asked me what I think the best thing to invest in, and we naturally discussed how, once you have all the tools you need, you tend to think the things that support your workflow are more important that the cool-looking trappings of the woodworker. Like, how my favorite power tool is actually my two horsepower dust collector on its own circuit, ...
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Nov. 30, 2017, 8:15 p.m.


Seriously...This the Single Best Gift You Can Give to any DIYer, Maker, or Woodworker This Holiday

There are lots of ways to give gifts for the holidays. You can give in a way that simply checks a person off the list; acknowledges that it's expected and therefore here's your Amazon giftcard... (Not recommended.) You can can give gifts that are… Continue reading on ManMadeDIY.com


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Nov. 29, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Make This: DIY Stainless Steel Drinking Straws

I've been trying to up my host game lately, especially in the drinks department. Solid glassware, proper bar tools, and better presentation go a long way towards concocting a quality experience. That's why I was excited to come up with a great gift project for those that want to ditch the cheap plastic in their classy mixed drinks. These simple straws are hefty enough to really stand out as a stocking stuffer, or on their own as a solid holiday gift. … Man Made DIY
Nov. 29, 2017, 4:11 p.m.


How to Prevent Tearout and Splintering When Cutting Plywood, Once and For All

Plywood is awesome. It's affordable, easy to work, and, when used and finished properly, looks great.

Plywood also brings its share of headaches... specifically, tearout – the rough, jagged edges that result from cutting through the thin veneers. It's frustrating, and it looks absolutely terrible. Any woodworker who's ever used plywood on a project can speak its woes, ruining any otherwise high-quality project.

But, it doesn't have to be that way my friends. Whether your building a s...
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Nov. 29, 2017, midnight


Okay, Let's Talk: What Do You Carry Every Day?

Yesterday afternoon, I was putting a load of laundry together, and I took out all of the various bits and items from all my pockets before placing my clothing in the basket. By the time I'd doubled checked everything for errant tubes of lip balm and bonus dollar bills, I had a pile sitting on my dresser that, when I looked down, simply ignited this thought in me:

Yep, there's all my stuff. … Man Made DIY
Nov. 27, 2017, 9:40 p.m.

The Best IKEA Hack I've Ever Seen

Laura and Craig from The Makerista take these Billy bookshelves that we've all seen before and transform them into what looks like an entire built-in wall unit. This really is the ...
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Nov. 27, 2017, 9:30 p.m.


Okay, Let's Talk: What Do You Carry Every Day?

Yesterday afternoon, I was putting a load of laundry together, and I took out all of the various bits and items from all my pockets before placing my clothing in the basket. By the time I'd doubled checked everything for errant tubes of lip balm and bonus dollar bills, I had a pile sitting on my dresser that, when I looked down, simply ignited this thought in me:

Yep, there's all my stuff. … Man Made DIY
Nov. 27, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

8 Legitimately Good Thanksgiving Movies to Watch While You Digest

Halloween has its horror and December its infinite loop of sparkle-strung classics. Good or bad, they're the established traditions of their seasons.

But, if you will, allow me to make the case as November as perhaps the prime month for festive film watching. We can't all relate to being chased by ax murderers nor having the carolers sing as we find our soulmate under the mistletoe just as the snow starts to fall outside. But everyone knows the experience of returning home to break bread and spil...
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Nov. 22, 2017, 11:45 a.m.


How to: Cast Iron Cinnamon Roll Recipe

This week is, understandably, about a few key flavors: hot, roasting turkey and its drippings, made into a savory gravy. Or the buttery, sauteed smell of sage and onion and celery, which perfumes your entire home and reminds you of the holidays of childhood, even though you're pretty sure your grandmother never actually made anything from scratch.

Let's not demean those foods, and the bountiful leftovers. It's what the season is all about. But, sometimes...you need a break. Beca...
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Nov. 21, 2017, 8:05 p.m.