Gallery: READYMADE: How To Make {Almost} Everything


The best gift I received this year for Xmas was the ReadyMade book: How to Make {Almost} Everything: A Do-It-Yourself Primer. Thanks to my generous sister, I now hold the secrets to creating chandeliers from water bottles, recycling those annoying plastic cd covers into wall art, and making good modernist use of discarded shelves.

The Readymade book It’s handy, resourceful, funny, and provides countless hours of entertainment, diversion and inspiration with a whole new slew of projects that have never been published in the magazine. Whether or not you actually find the time to try out any of the recipes in the book, ReadyMade’s philosophy that you can improve your life by reusing, recycling and making more out of less is truly inspiring.

We love everything about the ReadyMade book – the How-tos, the writing, the photographs and even the graphic design so perfectly merge witty ideas with serious DIY practicality. The book’s spine forms a straight-edge ruler (for measuring your projects!) and the cover is made from embossed recycled brown cardboard. The book is organized into six chapters, according to material: paper, plastic, wood, metal, glass and fabric. Each project is carefully explained in step-by-step format, with accompanying photographs and illustrations. Below are some examples of spreads from the book.

If you didn’t get the ReadyMade book for Xmas this year, and you want it – you are in luck, because its now on sale. (Ain’t those post-holiday sales great?) Make good use of those gift-certificates and pick it up from Amazon for $16.50

+ ReadyMade Book
+ ReadyMade Magazine

(Thanks to my awesome sister Katie for the best gift of the year!)


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  2. Annejelynn September 29, 2006 at 9:51 pm

    p.s. do you have a link button I could post on my website? go see ‘me’ if you must, before you share it, if you have one to share, that is… THANX

  3. Annejelynn September 29, 2006 at 9:50 pm

    this is fantastic – will be buyin’ ~ thank you

  4. Anton January 4, 2006 at 7:17 pm

    A lot of books like this was printed in USSR twenty and more years ago. I recomend to find some. Usually they was named “Сделай сам” or something like this.

  5. Sheldon January 4, 2006 at 9:20 am

    That looks like a brilliant book. I particularly like the CD cases reused for wall art; since I started transporting my CDs around in a couple of CaseLogic folders (they use a lot less space!), I’ve been wondering what to do with all the empties. And I’ve also been trying to work out a convenient way of mounting large images I’d made with The Rasterbator (, just give it an image (it doesn’t have to be high-res) and tell it how many of what paper size and it’ll do the rest.
    All I would have to do is mount all the CD cases together and then when the feeling takes me, I can just swap out all the pictures and put in something new! Genius :-)

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