Mancrafting With Instructables

Pinterest is a deep well of inspiration, from themed birthdays to decorative wall art, if you’re looking for an idea, it’s there. But, from a dad’s perspective, it lacks what I need for mancrafting. Enter Instructables.

On Instructables, I can find step by step printable PDF instructions on how to build a 360 Lidar module or play by play on how to construct a bionic arm. Thank God, because if I ever get my arm ripped off in a bear attack, I won’t have to miss work. Just pop that sweet hardware into the gaping socket, and I am right back to pushing pencils.

Ok, bionic arms are outside of the realm of my capabilities at the moment. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other crafts better suited to my skill level. The other day I found a guide on how to build the cutest driftwood candles for a bathtub area. The plan was easy: find driftwood, get a sharp knife, dig out three holes and insert tea candles. I already had the tea candles, so I just had to locate the wood.

All in all, it was a super easy project. I was able to build two sets for a total time investment of 40 hours. I haven’t set up the candles around our bathtub yet. No, the tub is still sitting on its side in our garage. We received it as a gift from my mother in law about six months ago. I will probably call a handyman or some other professional to install it. There has to be a “tub guy” or something along those lines. But, once it’s up I know what will bring it all together? Driftwood candles.

Completing the candle project has given me a new found confidence. I feel I could build anything. I feel like Rosie the Riveter full of that “can do” gumption. Every day I get home from my sales job, and I can’t wait to throw on my tattered jean shorts that practically expose my man bits. Bust out the sexy and let the real work begin.

I think my next project is going to be my toughest endeavor to date. It’s a mosaic accent piece for our breakfast nook. It’s going to come out quite beautiful. I’m constructing it from an old vanity mirror I got from a friend who works in the theater. My wife and I are in agreement; it is going to make the space pop.

Outside of the creative inspiration that Instructables affords, it’s also a great forum for regular 9-5 guys, like me, to gather. We come together to talk shop. How the man won’t stop riding us, how we are under paid and over worked, and how we wish we didn’t have to wear these employer-provided fitness trackers. You know just the standard F150 driving, Budweiser drinking, all American male stuff. Chatting it up with my Instructable guys is so much fun.

If you’re looking to get in touch with the blue collar male hiding within you, Instructables is a great place to start. Get out of that suit and into your ripped shirt and revealing jeans. Throw on that tool belt and prepare to be whisked away to a world of creative mancrafting.

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