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Crafts for Men & Boys to Make | Manly Projects to Build and Sew

Updated on February 16, 2016

Men's DIY Craft Ideas & Sewing Tutorials

I personally run my own craft blog so I know that most tutorials on the web are geared towards women; from floral tote bags and necklaces to hair bands and skirts, so it can be difficult to find things to make if you're a guy. I'm not trying to stereotype, but men seem to enjoy the more rugged types of crafts that often need power tools or at least a bit of brute force! And these types of 'manly' projects are much more my cup of tea too even though I'm a girl :)

So on this page I have collected together my favorite craft ideas from small makes like wallets, to large makes like treehouses and furniture. There are instructions for fun techniques like wood carving and woodworking, free construction plans for large projects, sewing how-tos for making your own neck ties and hats, and much more.

Don't be afraid of getting creative and following your own ideas too though - you don't always need to follow instructions after all. And if you have kids, I'm sure they would enjoy helping you with some of these creations too - although obviously keep them away from the dangerous tools!

I hope this page inspires your next weekend project :-)

Messenger Bag

Click here for a tutorial on making the messenger bag shown above. A great bag style for guys, whether it's for work, school or for carrying a laptop around in.

Photo by Bluebirdbaby.

Man Crafts

Man Crafts: Leather Tooling, Fly Tying, Ax Whittling, and Other Cool Things to Do (Popular Mechanics)
Man Crafts: Leather Tooling, Fly Tying, Ax Whittling, and Other Cool Things to Do (Popular Mechanics)

Instructions on all kinds of traditional craft techniques including printing and whittling.


An Introduction

Summary of What This Page Is About

When I was at school I was the only girl in the design technology class (oh and I got the best grade don't you know!) and it is quite apparent that there are crafts that are considered 'girly' and crafts that are considered 'manly'. Now as a girl who likes the manly crafts and enjoys nothing more than the smell of sawdust in a workshop, I find it quite sad that there aren't many girls who seem to like woodwork and getting stuck into large construction type projects. Anyway, to celebrate my love of butch crafts, I have made this page to compile all of my favourite projects from around the web that don't incorporate lace, pink, ruffles or anything dainty!

You will find that I've included links to many free building plans for furniture and treehouses, along with men's sewing makes like ties and wallets, creative home décor and art, plus techniques like bookbinding and sculpture making.

I hope that both men and women can get stuck into these awesome DIYs!

DIY Summerhouse


Pallet Table



A classic and useful make for men - and when you make your own wallet, you can make it exactly how you like it.
A classic and useful make for men - and when you make your own wallet, you can make it exactly how you like it. | Source

Soapbox Racer


How to Make a Quick, Unlined Wallet


What you will need:

* Cotton fabric for the lining; there are many colors and patterns to choose from if you choose to use cotton.

(The lining is represented as gray in the diagram)

* Outer fabric; can also be cotton but is usually a thicker material than the lining e.g. a suiting fabric.

(The outer fabric is represented as brown in the diagram)

* Rotary cutter and cutting mat OR fabric scissors

* Ruler

* Iron

* Sewing pins

* Sewing machine OR a needle and thread

* Disappearing/erasable fabric marking pen

- You will need to cut a piece measuring 8" x 10.5" from the lining fabric, and a piece measuring 4.5" x 8" from the outer fabric.

- Mark the valley and hill fold lines onto the front of the lining fabric (see the diagram above) with the erasable pen, and fold them in the way indicated - pressing the folds in place with an iron. Once pressed you can remove the pen lines with a small amount of water. Leave to dry.

- Hem the top edge of the lining piece by folding 1/2" over onto the back of the fabric, pressing it and sewing it in place with a straight stitch.

- Sew a straight stitch down the center of the lining fabric too, so that the folds are secured in place.

- Then hem one of the long edges of the outer fabric, by (as with the lining fabric) folding 1/2" onto the back of the fabric, then pressing the fold (if the fabric is suitable to be ironed) and sewing in place.

- Both the outer and lining fabric pieces should now be the same size. Place the front of the outer fabric against the folded side (front) of the lining, so that the two hemmed edges are at the top. Line the edges up perfectly and pin in place.

- Sew through both the lining and the outer fabric on 3 of the sides (not across the top). Sew 1/4" in from the edges of the fabric i.e. 1/4" seam allowance.

- Turn inside out and press with an iron to get clean and flat edges if necessary.

- Finished!

Carved Pebbles

These beach pebbles were carved under running water using diamond bits in a Dremel tool, then beeswax was rubbed onto them to make the carvings more distinct.
These beach pebbles were carved under running water using diamond bits in a Dremel tool, then beeswax was rubbed onto them to make the carvings more distinct. | Source


Click here for instructions on making your very own hovercraft.

Photo by Scot Hacker.

Concrete Leaf

Concrete crafts are messy and fun - and if you'd like to make a concrete leaf as shown above, click here for a tutorial.

Photo and leaf by Janice.


Using a word burning tool on wood produces a lovely effect, and you can learn how to do it here.

Photo and sign by Wood Tattoos.

Wood Carving


Click here for a handy wood carving how-to.

Click here for a fabulous tutorial on using a saw, plus sanding/drilling bits to carve out a fish.

Melted Toy Bowl

You can use a lot of different designs of small plastic toy to make a bowl like this, but always melt the plastic in a well ventiliated area - and it's probably best to wear a mask too. Click here for the how-to.

Photo and bowl by Deep Fried Kudzu.

Revamping Furniture

Taking old, broken or discarded funiture and giving it a new life is a fun and rewarding pastime. This set of drawers was found on the street. It was then sanded down, painted an oil based black enamel, sanded again, given a second coat of black, and finally brushed with polyurethane which comes with dark brown pigment to give the drawers the appearance of a dark wood grain showing through.

Photo by Doug Farmer.

Recycled Furniture


Wire Sculpture


I once attempted to create a sculpture using chicken wire in my room when I was about 12 and I didn't half get a lot of scratches - so be careful, and wear goggles/safety specs and gloves!

Click here for a tutorial on making a chicken wire 'ghost' figure.

DIY Teepee

Photo by GoldenPeacock.

Click here for simple instructions.

Leather Journal



Click here to see a video on whittling a little wooden bird.

Photo and bird by Fayme Harper.

Honeycomb Shelving

Created from reclaimed old cabinet doors.
Created from reclaimed old cabinet doors. | Source

DIY Bird Bath


Backyard Rollercoaster

Don't know how realistic this is, but I would love to build one of these!
Don't know how realistic this is, but I would love to build one of these! | Source

Woodcraft Videos & Other Fun Projects

Wall Art


House Number Light

Photo and light by Cleatus Cobb.

The frame is made from metal scraps and the numbers were purchased from a scrap metal shop. The orange plastic pieces are samples from an architecture magazine ad, which have been glued together with acylic cement. There are 3 LEDs on a homemade acrylic frame which attaches to the orange face.

Repurposed Wine Bottles

wine bottle vases
wine bottle vases

Photo by Windy City Romance.

Bottle vases / candle holders are made and sold by Reuse First.

For a little tutorial on how to cut wine bottles, Click Here.

Recycled Lightbulb Spiders


Top-Rated Craftwork Tools & Kits

Most of the projects above don't need anything but basic tools, however if you want to get involved with more specialized crafts like pyrography, leatherwork, carving, turning, or whittling, then you will require specifically designed tools. Here is a selection of more specialist products:

Have you ever built your own furniture from scratch?

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      djroll 5 years ago

      I like all the craft idea on your lens. I've never seen a grass couch before - how fun! The hovercraft wood be fun project for my brother-in-law to build for his grandkids. Nice lens. Thanks.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      the wire sculpture is awesome. ~blessed~

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      it's really cool! you got some great ideas compiled in one awesome lens!


      get the perfect DIY conservatory to improve the look and feel of your home!

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      Teddi14 LM 5 years ago

      Great ideas. Very inspiring.

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      chrisqw 5 years ago

      Great lens. Thank you!

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      StoryBuilderToys 5 years ago

      I want that roller coaster

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like Pallet Dining Table. Nice lens. Enjoyed it so much. Squid-liked!

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      howtosewadress 5 years ago

      Just a tip. If you want to learn how to sew, you have to be very patient. Learning a skill does not take overnight. Anyway nice lens mate.

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      rollingtool3 5 years ago

      Great gift ideas and nice lens!


      rolling tool chest

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      KevCooper 5 years ago

      I keep thinking I should learn to sew, if I could find the time.

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      Rebeljohn 5 years ago

      Very nice article thank you for posting it

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      JakeDesign 5 years ago

      I love it! I have always considered myself to be very craft oriented and have sewn, sawed, nailed, screwed and glued tons of projects, but I never imagined so many great projects. I want to build them all. Thanks for the awesome ideas.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I think this sounds like the ticket!

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      JoyfulReviewer 4 years ago

      This is quite an array of craft projects ... from fun to practical applications. Thanks for searching out all these great resources and pictures. That backyard roller coaster would sure be an interesting conversation piece. ~~Blessed~~

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      xriotdotbiz lm 4 years ago

      Enjoyed the Recycled Furniture photo, basic but inspiring.

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      simoza01 lm 4 years ago

      love most of these wonderful ideas .. keep it up ...

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      What an interesting lens! I'm going to make sure my husband sees this one! Angel blessings!

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      Frugal-UK LM 4 years ago

      nice diy ideas

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow, really great ideas here. Love the honeycomb shelving and the roller coaster. Leather wallets are fabulous. Definitely need to bookmark this lens!

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      Cheryl Kohan 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Oh my gosh! This is a fabulous lens!! It will take me FOREVER to read all of these projects but I plan to do just that. Love, love, love it!

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      halloweencostumebuyingideas 4 years ago

      I just so totally love this lens, it's fantastic!

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      ChenB 4 years ago

      I can't tell you how great it is to see crafts more on the masculine side for men and boys. Usually they are so geared towards women and girls it can be hard to find new projects and ideas. What a great resource this lens is.

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      spadge68 4 years ago

      Lots of great ideas here! I have recently stated a blog about creating diy wall art so it was nice to see what someone else was doing in a similar vein.

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      Cynthia Haltom 3 years ago from Diamondhead

      Nice work, you have some very good projects, It's good to see so many creative projects in one place.

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      mathew31 3 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas!

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      RANADEEP 3 years ago

      Good lense and great projects,thanks for sharing with us,keep up your great work samples!!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I appreciate your efforts here nice.

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      tabletalk 3 years ago

      What a very cool lens! LOVE IT!

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      Lynsey Harte 23 months ago from Glasgow

      Great hub! Some great ideas here I will share with my boyfriend to try to get him to craft with me :-p pinning for later!

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      Christa 10 months ago

      Lots of great ideas. Thanks for compiling these. I just shared on my FB page:

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