CustomMade gift guide: Valentine’s Day gifts for him

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Tired of giving him the same gift year after year? It is often said that men can be difficult to buy for on Valentine’s Day. That’s why we’ve collected these five CustomMade projects to help point you in the right direction. Meaningful money clip Maker: Britta Ambauen Give him a present that is thoughtful, and timeless, with […]

10 projects we loved in 2013

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Take a look at these ten amazing projects, each of which exemplify exactly why it means more when it’s made for you. R2-D2 engagement ring by Paul Bierker When Joe decided to propose to his girlfriend, no ordinary ring would do. With a shared love of Star Wars, this client turned to CustomMade to seek […]

We choose custom

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At CustomMade, we are fortunate to work with extraordinarily talented Makers, and trust them to create some of our most special gifts and projects. Check out a few of our staff’s favorite pieces and learn the stories behind them: CustomMade staff: Emily C. Maker: Sophy Tuttle Project: Black and white pet portrait What inspired you to have this portrait created? My cat, Sully, […]

DIY holiday gift wrap

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Jingle bell rock Incorporate the natural look of kraft paper and twine with pine cones from your own backyard. Then, add a bit of golden glamour with mini jingle bells, gold paint, and glitter. You will need: – Kraft paper – Tape – 1 pine cone – Brown twine – Mini jingle bells – Gold glitter pen […]

A little piece of home

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First came love, then came marriage… then came a move to the Big Apple. Houston newlyweds, Colin and Elisa moved to New York in order for Colin to pursue his master’s degree at Columbia University. Knowing how much his wife missed home, Colin began looking for a special gift, made by a true Texas artisan. […]

Makers share stories of meaningful projects

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Tim Sway “Love” was all the subject line on the CustomMade request board said. Intrigued, I read the listing and found a bride-to-be looking for a special gift for her groom. Something made with “love.” The bride and I ended up designing a really original, little Scotch cabinet for his “man cave” using reclaimed walnut […]

Love, Star Wars and an Amazing R2D2 Engagement Ring (Pics and Video)

Joe's a designer himself so he put together some ideas for the Makers at CustomMade to look at when he posted his project.

Alright you geeks out there: this one’s for you. Here’s a tale about True Love featuring Charlie Brown, Halloween and of course, Star Wars. (Not a big reader? Scroll down to check out the video of the proposal!) It all began in a tattoo shop – that’s where Joe and Emily met a few years […]

Not Your Typical Engagement Ring: Custom Jewelry for Gamers

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Finding the perfect ring to get engaged with can be more than a little nerve wracking. Taking someone’s entire personality and putting it into one ring is beyond a challenge. Right off the bat, CustomMade customer Justin knew that the average diamond ring wasn’t what he was looking for. He wanted something that was special […]

Cool Custom Doorknobs and Pulls

Grape Vine Doorknob by Out of the Blue Design Studio on CustomMade.com

An entire blog dedicated to doorknobs. Why not? CustomMade exists because we believe custom is for everyone. We believe that the ordinary things you normally buy, can and should be custom made. Sometimes all it takes is a simple change to create that WOW factor. Doorknobs are a nondescript, mundane type of piece that, ironically […]

Leftovers Fit For Company

Leftovers Side Table by Eternal Furniture & Design on CustomMade.com

What comes to mind when you think of leftovers? Something you pull out of the fridge and throw together when you don’t feel like preparing anything else. This can work when feeding your children, but certainly not what you’d serve when you have company or a special party. CustomMade woodworker Brian Mcalpine of Eternal Furniture […]