MAKER MAYHEM: Low Moments in How-To History

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June 19, 2015

Mice Novelties: The thrill of the hunt                                                                                   

Truly inspired is a Maker who can turn a rodent infestation into a crafting opportunity, but if you’ve g...

June 5, 2015

Head Hunter String Holder: Decades before anyone thought to use the term “trigger warning”                                                                   

Safe to assume the Head Hunter in this application is not a white-collar employment recruiter, but a member...

May 19, 2015

Indoor Shooting Gallery: Because guns are fun, it’s just that simple  

                                              

All boys love guns, so what kid wouldn’t want a motorized shooting gallery right in his own living room? It’s “just like the large ones at penny arcades,” says this How-To from 1959, but this pr...

May 8, 2015

Pantyhose Casserole Carrier: Potluck be a lady tonight                              

There are few less appetizing marriages than the one of hosiery and hot casserole. This How-To from the pantyhose-crafting craze of the ‘80s is one in which dinner and webbed nylon unite by way of navy blue knee-highs. On that point alone, The Pantyhose Casserole Carrier...

March 7, 2015

Pill Bottle Gifts: Rainy day projects for a crafting addict

 

Among the many disreputable first place titles the United States holds over the rest of the developed world (e.g. adult obesity, pregnant teens, our crime rate, and no less than ten television shows hosted by Guy Fieri), we’re also the most overmedicated country on earth—we’ve even got antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and anticonvulsants contaminating our drinking...

January 14, 2015

Nut Shell Critters: Fun with food waste                                                   

There are some very good reasons why store-bought items are superior to the hand made. Quality, for one. Appearance, another. Because of this, sometimes creating an item by hand requires the Maker to compromise thei...

November 14, 2014

His & Hers Bedding: For the couple who needs to be reminded of their genders, even while they’re asleep                                                    

Playing into the hands of unimaginative gift givers of the Cold War era, the “His & Hers” trend was a merchandizing strategy in the form of bath...

October 31, 2014

Tin Can Cannibal: Because people eating people makes for fun kid’s crafts                                                                            

“Cannibals are almost extinct,” this How-To from 1963 begins, “but you can make this one yo...

October 11, 2014

Tongue Depressor Gifts: Better to give than receive                                                                                     

The attention span of a child is short-lived at best, so creating a DIY project for...

August 22, 2014

Radiant Heated Dog House: Because shoving Rover’s paw in a light socket wouldn’t be cruel enough

 

“As long as Rover pays his ‘doghouse rent’ in the way of companionship, watchdog service, entertainment, etc.,” the introduction of this How-To tells us, “the least you can do is winterize his outdoor quarters.” Fair enough, and further proof that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, not even for Rover.

 

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