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DIY Manly Man Gift Tags

Ah, the perfect addition to our Manly Man Apron! You know what my Dad always notices about a really beautiful wrapping job? Absolutely nothing. So I think this year I’m…

DIY Manly Man Gift Tags

DIY Manly Man Gift Tags

Ah, the perfect addition to our Manly Man Apron! You know what my Dad always notices about a really beautiful wrapping job? Absolutely nothing. So I think this year I’m just going to stick this really cool gift tag on whatever I give him and see how that goes.

This one’s super simple. We’re using my favorite metal alphabet stamp set again (we used them before here and here!). Here’s what else you need.

Materials

  • stamp set
  • hammer
  • metal tag

Make Time: 5 minutes

DIY Manly Man Gift Tags

DIY Manly Man Gift Tags

Place the metal tag (you should be able to find them in the jewelry section of a craft store) on a flat, solid surface. Letter by letter, place the stamp down on the tag and give it a few solid taps with the hammer. Be careful to hammer directly downward so that the tag doesn’t slip out from under you.

DIY Manly Man Gift Tags

That’s it! Dad will be so proud. String it onto your gift and hope he notices. (Just kidding. He’ll notice.) xoxo

DIY Manly Man Gift Tags

DIY Manly Man Gift Tags

DIY Manly Man Gift Tags

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DIY Manly Man Apron

Father’s Day’s a-comin’, so let’s make something manly for a change! This dude apron is perfect for your husband or dad, especially if he loves meat. It’s kind of an…

DIY Manly Man Apron

Father’s Day’s a-comin’, so let’s make something manly for a change! This dude apron is perfect for your husband or dad, especially if he loves meat. It’s kind of an homage to a carnivore, if you will. It’s also an awesome sewing project because all you need is a flour sack towel and some black trim. Let’s do this.

Materials

  • flour sack towel, 33″x38″ (like these)
  • black woven trim, about 1″ wide
  • sewing machine
  • pins
  • scissors
  • freezer paper
  • iron
  • pencil
  • fabric paint
  • sponge brush

Make Time: 2 hours

Arrange the towel so that a 33″ edge is at the top and the hems are wrong-side-down. Fold in the top corners 11″ from either side, and so that they fold at an angle down about 15″ on the outsides. Pin at the corners.

DIY Manly Man Apron

Cut in horizontally on both 38″ sides to meet the fold. It should be a 5″ cut, 15″ down the side.

DIY Manly Man Apron

On the wrong side, sew a straight stitch hem where you cut in on the sides. Then sew down the diagonal folds. Trim away the excess. This will form the top portion of the apron.

DIY Manly Man Apron

For the neck strap and waist ties, your measurements may vary. I cut three pieces of black trim, each about 20″. Pin the first behind the outer edges of the top of the apron and sew both sides down with a straight stitch.

DIY Manly Man Apron

DIY Manly Man Apron

With the remaining two, sew one on each side of the waist (the area where you cut in horizontally and hemmed). Pin one end behind the apron and sew with a straight stitch. Make a quick fold-over hem on the loose end so that it doesn’t unravel.

DIY Manly Man Apron

DIY Manly Man Apron

Download and print this template. Cut it out of freezer paper. Iron the freezer paper, shiny side down, onto the chest of the apron.

DIY Manly Man Apron

Using a sponge brush, liberally but carefully paint over the stencil with fabric paint. Be careful to put something down underneath the apron in case paint seeps through.

DIY Manly Man Apron

DIY Manly Man Apron

Gently peel away the freezer paper.

DIY Manly Man Apron

Be careful to let the paint fully dry before you wrap up your apron. Since we’re using fabric paint, you may want to wash the apron once before you give it as a gift. Be sure your dude knows how much love went into this bad boy! And then let him grill away to his heart’s content. Also, a word to the wise — this isn’t a project for someone who doesn’t like wrinkles. The flour sack material tends to hang on to wrinkles like crazy! You wouldn’t believe how many times I ironed this thing. I finally decided to go with the wrinkly flow. xoxo

DIY Manly Man Apron

DIY Manly Man Apron

DIY Manly Man Apron

DIY Tie Clip

make and give // diy enamel tie clip

It’s another one for the dudes! If your guy needs a tie clip that’s a little more dressy than last week’s, this is the one for you. And it’s even…

DIY Enamel Tie Clip

DIY Tie Clip

It’s another one for the dudes! If your guy needs a tie clip that’s a little more dressy than last week’s, this is the one for you. And it’s even easier than the last one. You’ll need:

  • blank tie clip (from the craft store)
  • Sharpie paint pens

Start by painting a base coat of black on the entire surface of the tie clip. Let it dry thoroughly and repeat the process to build up a little paint on the surface.

DIY Tie Clip

DIY Tie Clip

Using another color (I chose gold, duh), paint a pattern over the black. I did some tidy polka dots, but you could do stripes, colorblocking, or a zillion other awesome things.

DIY Tie Clip

Make sure you let this one dry according to the directions before you wrap or use it! Make it, give it, and love it. xoxo

DIY Tie Clip

DIY Tie Clip

DIY Tie Clip

make and give // diy stamped leather tie clip

Hey hey, holiday lovelies, we’re back with another installment of our Make and Give series, this time for the dudes! Mr. Lovely has recently introduced me to the wonderful world…

DIY Tie Clip

Hey hey, holiday lovelies, we’re back with another installment of our Make and Give series, this time for the dudes! Mr. Lovely has recently introduced me to the wonderful world of tie clips, and I was kind of stoked to try making one. Apparently all the classy fellas wear ’em.

If you want to make one of these beauts for your man friend, you’ll need:

  • a tiny bit of thick leather (I used my scraps from this project)
  • craft knife
  • a blank tie clip (you should be able to find them for about $1 at your craft store
  • strong glue
  • a letter and number punch set like this one
  • a hammer

DIY Tie Clip

Start by cutting your leather to the size and shape of your tie clip. Next, choose a word or phrase to stamp on your leather and stamp it in using the metal punch set and a hammer. We experimented with a few choice words.

DIY Leather Tie Clip

Finally, glue the leather piece onto the tie clip, ensuring that it’ll be right-side-up when the tie clip is attached to the right side of the tie.

DIY Tie Clip

Make it, give it, and watch your dude be stoked. Be sure to come back next week if you like this project — we’re doing an enamel version! xoxo

DIY Ampersand Tie Clip

DIY Tie Clip

 

DIY Arrow Marquee Light

Dude DIY: Arrow Marquee Light

After doing a ton of thrifting and flea marketing when we first moved to LA, Mr. Lovely found himself totally jonesing for one of those vintage marquee lights. They’re pretty…

DIY Arrow Marquee Light

After doing a ton of thrifting and flea marketing when we first moved to LA, Mr. Lovely found himself totally jonesing for one of those vintage marquee lights. They’re pretty popular right now, and you can get a handmade reproduction for a few hundred bucks, but that’s just a little too tough on the pocketbook for yours truly. So Mr. Lovely confronted the sitch head-on and got all man-crafty.

Full disclosure: I was not involved in this project whatsoever. I basically said, “Have fun!” and took a photo every once in a while. But I’ve got the instructions straight from the horse’s mouth, so read on if you want to make your very own! You’ll need:

  • strand of globe lights (Target has bunches)
  • plywood
  • 6-inch wide aluminum flashing
  • jigsaw
  • drill, screwdriver bit, and 3/4″ bit
  • tin snips
  • screws
  • wire stripper
  • electrical tape
  • screw cap
  • protective gloves

Put on your gloves! Lay your plywood out and draw your arrow design. Mr. Lovely measured twice and cut once with the jigsaw!

DIY Arrow Marquee Light

Across the back of your arrow, screw in a piece of plywood as a cross-brace. Plan where you’d like the bulbs to be on the arrow (we cut out paper the size of our bulbs to be able to experiment and move it around). Mark lightly with a pencil and drill a hole on each mark with a 3/4″ drill bit.

DIY Arrow Marquee

DIY Arrow Light

Unscrew bulbs from the strand of lights and push the sockets through the holes from the backside.

DIY Arrow Marquee Light

Measure the exterior of your arrow and cut a piece of flashing long enough to fit around the outside. Carefully mold it to the corners. Screw it in place, starting at one end and working your way around. Place screws about 2-3″ apart.

DIY Vintage Marquee Light

Screw lightbulbs in. Cut off the excess lightbulbs and use wire stripper, tape, and caps to attach to an extension cord if necessary.

DIY Arrow Metal Light

There you go! Seriously manly stuff, right? And that husband of mine didn’t even break a sweat (that’s a lie). But it’s relatively simple! And now we’ve got a vintage vibe for seriously a fraction of the cost. Whaddaya think? Would you attempt this one? xoxo

DIY Arrow Marquee Light

DIY Arrow Marquee Light

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manly man valentines

Okay guys, if you remember last year, you know that Mr. Lovely and I like to DIY our Valentines.  But if you have a dude in your life that you’d…

Okay guys, if you remember last year, you know that Mr. Lovely and I like to DIY our Valentines.  But if you have a dude in your life that you’d like to get a little gifty for and you’re just stuck, you’ve come to the right place.  Check out my picks for A Very Manly Man Valentine’s Day.

1.  Get your dude some new kicks like these super-cool Nike Classics.

2.  Help him keep the sun out of his eyes with a new hat.

3.  Mix him a drink when he gets home from work; I can just about guarantee he’ll love honey whiskey.

4.  If your fella’s perpetually late, an impossible-to-miss watch might do the trick.

5.  Nothing says “I’m too cool for school” like disguising your newest technology to look like old technology.

6.  Men like being manly.

7.  Maybe your dude needs a little help getting organized?  This should do it.

And finally, if you’re into something a little wacky (like me), your Valentine’s gift could look a little something like this:

{Bike.}

Anybody else have any brilliant ideas?  I’d love to hear how you celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Don’t you love love?  xoxo

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lovely indeed gift guides: dude gifts

Ever have trouble shopping for the dudes in your life?  Hopefully this little guide will help you out a bit; we’ve got something for everybody, from super-manly to kinda-silly.  Take…

Ever have trouble shopping for the dudes in your life?  Hopefully this little guide will help you out a bit; we’ve got something for everybody, from super-manly to kinda-silly.  Take a peek and give with love.  xoxo

1.  Wooden Sunglasses from Tumbleweeds Oddities.  2.  Embossed Anchor International Wallet from Jack Spade.  3.  C-3PO Flash Drive from ModCloth.  4.  Bow Tie from Steven Alan.  5.  Mach 3 Horn Shaving Set from The Art of Shaving.  6.  Bear Opener from Urban Outfitters.

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his & hers: wedding gifts

We’re taking a quick trip back to our wedding day today for a His & Hers post featuring our wedding gifts to each other!  Mr. Lovely and I wanted to…

We’re taking a quick trip back to our wedding day today for a His & Hers post featuring our wedding gifts to each other!  Mr. Lovely and I wanted to get each other something cool and significant, but we were both aiming to stay within a pretty reasonable price range.  So naturally, without realizing that the other was doing the exact same thing, we both turned to Etsy!

Mr. Lovely found me these awesome vintage book pages with fun illustrations printed on them from Prrint.  (My fave is the girl playing a giant ukulele).

And I found him this letterpress print from The Big Harumph on Etsy.

We thought it was kind of funny that we essentially got each other the same thing for our gifts!  Maybe it’s a good sign.  We’re already on the same page.  xoxo

{Images by Joelle Pulido Photography.}

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man bags

Hey!  It’s Monday!  Let’s talk about dudes wearing purses. Okay, not purses, per se.  More like man bags.  Because a dude can only shove so much stuff in his pockets,…

Hey!  It’s Monday!  Let’s talk about dudes wearing purses.

Okay, not purses, per se.  More like man bags.  Because a dude can only shove so much stuff in his pockets, right?  Mr. Lovely happens to currently be on a hunt for a man bag, so I thought I’d toss together a little something to inspire him.  Here are some faves that I happened across in my internet travels.  Do you have a fave?  And does your man wear a man bag?  Or better yet, are you a man who carries a man bag?  Inquiring minds, people.

Gimme the low-down.  xoxo

Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

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well-groomed & grant’s golden brand pomade

Hi all!  Mr. Lovely here again.  I had such a good time with my last post, I asked the little lady if I could write another!  Here we go. Since…

Hi all!  Mr. Lovely here again.  I had such a good time with my last post, I asked the little lady if I could write another!  Here we go.

Since my lovely fiance has gotten so very entrenched in the blog world, I too have started paying attention to all the blogs out there.  One of my new favorites is Well-Groomed, a man-friendly blog that covers everything concerning dude wedding style.

Recently, they held a contest giving away some awesome hair styling products. And guess what? I won! I got some good old-fashioned pomade to style my hair up for the big day.  Maybe we’ll do a photoshoot of all the different ways I can style my hair with it (and hopefully I won’t end up looking like Jimmy Neutron).

Big thanks to Darren at Well-Groomed and Grant’s Golden Brand Pomade!

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dude diy: nook cover

Lovelies, I need your help to welcome an extra-special guest blogger today — Mr. Lovely!  He just put together one of his own DIYs and was too pumped not to…

Lovelies, I need your help to welcome an extra-special guest blogger today — Mr. Lovely!  He just put together one of his own DIYs and was too pumped not to share it with you.  So say hello to Mr. Lovely!

Hi all!  Mr. Lovely here with my own DIY to add to the mix.  I recently purchased an e-reader (after stealing Chelsea’s all summer to read the Game of Thrones series, I thought it was time to get my own).  I decided to get the new Nook Simple Touch Reader.  I absolutely love it, and have already read more in the past month than over the past year.

What I did not love was having to shell out 50 bones for a case for my new toy.  None of the cases out there are very cool, and they are expensive to boot.  So I decided to take matters into my own hands and make one.  This was more of an up-cycling project than a true DIY, but you could easily find the materials to duplicate the design at your local craft store.  I built mine out of a mousepad that I received as a promotional gift from a company I worked for last year.

All you will need to make your own is a piece of thick material to act as the backing, a piece of leather, some waxed string, elastic, scissors, an X-Acto knife, and a needle & thread.  I started by dismantling my mousepad to get all of those materials separated.  From there, I cut the backing material to fit the size of my nook, and then cut the leather to a slightly larger size to accomodate for a folding over the top of the nook.  My pieces conveniently came pre-threaded for my waxed string, but you can easily make holes in your materials with an awl or your X-Acto knife.  After that, I cut slits in the backing material for the elastic to hold the nook in place.  After that, it was just a matter of sewing and stitching everything together and trimming any edges for a good feel when holding the nook in your hand.

So there you have it: Mr. Lovely’s first contribution to blogland with a DIY for us manly and nerdy types.  Cheers!  xoxo