As you might recall, last fall I invited you all to submit your best tutorials to the ReadyMade 100 contest, which I had the great honor of judging. Well, a few months later, I’m proud to say that this baby is all grown up. The the April/May issue of ReadyMade Magazine is on newsstands (and online), featuring a selection of the 25 top projects entered. You can check out more editors’ picks and favorites from the ReadyMade archive in a special print-on-demand project manual (below).
For this week’s How-Tuesday, I present you with a selection of 10 of my favorites from the ReadyMade 100.
1. Giant Cross-Stitch
Just by playing with the traditional scale of a cross-stitch, this project by Jessica Decker brings a refreshing and modern twist to an age-old technique. With a few attainable supplies and skills, you can make a monumental piece of art for your home. Full tutorial here.
2. Literary Lamp
This project by Tess Wolfe-Stelzer (the official Main Maker, a.k.a. grand prize winner of the ReadyMade 100 contest!) had me at “bookish charm.” I love a good project for recycling discarded books, and this one is attractive, easy to follow, and speaks to my inner bookworm. Full tutorial here.
3. Cement Planter from Recycled Packaging
I am constantly on the hunt for projects that incorporate discarded packaging. This project by Sofie Sausser caught my eye for its clever choice of material and a lovely, useful end-product. Also, a great one for budding green thumbs! Full instructions here.
4. Stacked Tables Plant Stand
This project by Trudy Shallow caught my eye with its clear instructions and use of vertical space. As a tiny apartment dweller, I could see myself building this to stack on top of my dresser to make additional storage and display books, plants, and even trophies in my close quarters. Full instructions here.
5. Staircase Bookshelf
It’s a staircase and a bookshelf (a stairshelf?). I love objects that are multifunctional and solve a problem. This project by Adrienne Romine does both things, and could be customized and adapted for a variety of space needs. Full instructions here.
6. Sprout a Couch
I remember this project from way back when in the early days of my ReadyMade subscription, and this “lawn furniture for literalists” still gets me! Full instructions here.
7. Tabletop Letterpress
8. Blockprint Cake
9. Slide Carousel Grow Lamp
Whenever I receive a new issue of ReadyMade Magazine, I flip to the last page first to find the winner of the MacGyver Challenge — a call put forth in every issue challenging readers to come up with ingenious uses for discarded and obsolete materials. While slide carousels have had their glory days of shedding academic light come and go, they can still give new light to seedlings. Full instructions here.
10. Glass Act
Thank you to the Readymade 100 entrants for sharing these projects with us. For all one hundred projects check out the Readymade 100 magazine issue, online entries, and print-on-demand project manual .