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ReadyMade Magazine

by Meredith
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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ReadyMade is the only do-it-yourself (DIY)/lifestyle magazine for young people. It entertains and informs through DIY projects for fast-evolving lifestyles.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Meredith
  • ASIN: B00006KULE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • This magazine subscription is provided by Meredith Corporation

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106 of 115 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hit or miss magazine, good luck with your subscription January 18, 2005
Subscription Term Name:1 year
The magazine is hit or miss. Sometimes I'm like "Wow", other times I'm like "duh". They're about 1 "Wow" and 2 "duh"s for me, even though I bought a year subscription a little less than a year ago. [...]

My advice? Skim it on the newsstand and buy it if you see something compelling. The spirit of the magazine is awesome. The content of the magazine is usually OK, sometimes good, never awesome. If you see something you like, sort of like if you see a good recipe while browsing for cookbooks, pick it up.

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248 of 278 people found the following review helpful
Subscription Term Name:2 years
SOMETIMES this magazine is full of so much awesomeness cover to cover. The projects are really cool and explained really well.

MOST of the time, however, this magazine is TOTALLY LAME. Most of the projects are made from junk and they look like they were made by a homeless person. "Oh, cool. You made a fruit bowl out of construction netting. What a neat and thrifty idea for a college student. Too bad you're 35 and haven't been in college in 12 years. You're apartment looks like a thrift store. No wonder you're still single."

If I have to read one more article about how Readymade has been a "green" magazine for x number of years before it got trendy I'm going to order 500 subscriptions and cut all of them up into tiny pieces and DUMP IT ALL IN THE OCEAN.

Most of the projects are made from modified IKEA products. Well, the closest IKEA is 4 hours away, and their shipping prices are through the roof. Thanks for that USELESS ARTICLE on how to make a (insert energy/water saving trendy thing here) out of a crappy bookcase.

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64 of 74 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vapid Hipster Fashion Show January 24, 2008
By Jeff C
Subscription Term Name:1 year
If pictures of highly-manicured but seemingly rough-hewn hipsters building trashy looking furniture from pre-built components is your thing, then you have found the ultimate magazine. If however, you want some real insight into, well anything, then look elsewhere.

Each month when my issue arrives I look through it, cover-to-cover for about 5 minutes (usually while sitting on the toilet), and then toss it in the recycling bin. I can not wait until my subscription expires.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like an addiction . . . February 3, 2004
By Cat
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Anyone who subscribes to this magazine will tell you that once you start, you can't stop. Filled with DIY projects, this magazine is the thing for any impoverished 20-something looking to fill their home with trendy, innovative, homemade stuff. In addition to the many projects which have ranged from sewing your own ties and skirts from old pillowcases to how to build a brick BBQ, the magazine also features articles on things like "how to seem like you read lots of newspapers" or "how to get on a TV game show". Once I get this magazine in my box, I can't put it down till I've read it cover to cover.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars using found objects July 31, 2003
Subscription Term Name:1 year
as an art student on a budget I love the Ikea like ideas in ReadyMage- everything from making a couch with turf to lights made out of trash cans- every month I am inspired although some ideas are slightly too complex for me (and my time limits)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars off to a promising start June 8, 2008
Subscription Term Name:2 years
Here's a magazine that speaks to the inner tinkerer. In spite of its title, it's not about things that are ready-made but about a willingness to make stuff. The spirit behind it is good and refreshing.
Unfortunately, the performance doesn't match the spirit. The projects are hokey and many of the ideas are embarrassingly banal. There's also not much in the way of instruction in basic skills.
So if you don't mind a low good idea/page ratio, by all means subscribe-maybe they'll grow into it.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the all-around creative type... December 15, 2003
Subscription Term Name:1 year
This is the magazine for you!!! I just got my first issue and the projects were AWESOME! It ranged from no-brainer crafts that you can actually make money with, to home furnishing! Plus, it's up to date...not your grandma's or even your mother's craft book! I love this thing and I can't wait to get home and try the projects!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recycling with Style February 28, 2008
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Do you remember when you were a kid and tv shows and classroom projects had you making art and useful items out of things like empty paper towel tubes and dry pasta? This magazine is like that, but only for grown ups. There are articles on artists, designers and people just looking to make better use of what we have around us. There are product reviews on practical things like vacume cleaners, because if you have to have one you want one that will last so that it stays out of the landfill. Most importantly there are the projects that center on making something cool or useful out of something you would likely throw away or how to get a lot of use out of a really small space. My favorite monthly feature is the "MacGyver" challenge where readers are invited to submit their ideas on what can be made with thinks like old blue jeans (oven mits), cds (a cool curtain), pens (flatware) and remotes (drawer pulls).

We live in a time where people are more concerned for the enviroment than ever, in the US things are costing quite a bit more than they did three years ago. Folks are making do with less because they have to and quite often because they want to. But we want to do it with a sense of style. And this magazine helps people do that. It helps people share their ideas. It puts out there a fresh look at old crafting mediums such as knitting and embroidery. And for folks who have something really beautiful and unique to sell this magazine offers a printed flea market.

If you are the sort of person who follows trends and can't fathom using furniture that was not featured in a catalog or a design magazine this magazine is not likely for you. But for everyone out there, like me, who wants to live really well while using less then you are going to have fun with this magazine.

Now if you will excuse me I need to go turn this cool, old, 1950's radio I picked up, into a retro docking station for my iPod.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hipster fun!
ReadyMade is the most inspiring magazine and fun magazine ever! The projects all use things you probably have lying around and the instructions are well written. Read more
Published on July 19, 2013 by A. Gift for You
5.0 out of 5 stars Always inspiring.
I love this magazine. It is so unique!

Though I don't find everything to be my taste in the magazine, quite a bit of it is and I always find things which inspire me to... Read more
Published on June 8, 2011 by Brittan Salisbury
1.0 out of 5 stars What happened to this magazine?
When I first got this magazine 5 or 6 years ago, it was full of projects. I mean, actual DIY projects with a materials list and instructions. Read more
Published on May 26, 2011 by H. Gillespie
1.0 out of 5 stars If you're rich...
If you have loads of money and just as much time, this magazine is for you. I find this magazine to be pretentious to such a degree that I just can't enjoy it. Read more
Published on February 5, 2011 by Amanda Kappel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great magazine
I've been a subscriber for about two years now, and I still look forward to this magazine in the mail. Read more
Published on January 21, 2011 by Radar626
2.0 out of 5 stars Hokey & Cheesy
I received my first issue in the mail and lets say I was very unimpressed. It is very hokey and the projects are really cheesy and had way too many ads. Read more
Published on December 16, 2010 by Dickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Articles and Recipes
My sister-in-law and I are artists and big DIY-ers. We both subscribe to ReadyMade and we love it!

I haven't done too many of the exact projects that are in the... Read more
Published on December 15, 2010 by E. Popp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Magazine
I subscribed to Ready Made Magazine a year ago because the cover got my attention and the price from Amazon was right so I decided to give it a try. I LOVE IT!! Read more
Published on December 5, 2010 by Linda T.
2.0 out of 5 stars 90/10
A few of the ideas are good. A few of the articles are interesting. The others are "You've got to be kidding me!" and "Duh! Read more
Published on December 4, 2010 by macs_
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what it once was
As an avid DIY junkie, and a thrify and eco-conscious consumer, I used to be a HUGE fan of readymade. i'm not sure what happened- change in editor or something (? Read more
Published on December 2, 2010 by K. Cottrell
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