As someone who works with architectural salvage, I am always looking for new ways to reuse items.  Some ideas come readily such as the tall, sleek and beautiful pharmaceutical measuring beaker I use as a vase (I love antique lab equipment!) but what to do with a light bulb, that UGLY 1970’s dresser or worn out wool t-shirts or blankets. I discovered a magazine at my library called READYMADE – Instructions for Everyday Life. This isn’t just about reusing that cool vintage piece but using all those scrappy, banal items that, well, we normally just sadly toss.  There are also great articles about what designers and artist are doing in the world of reuse and actually some pretty tasty recipes.  Their look is edgy, modern and fun.
At the ReadyMade website there is a list of projects to make and some of these projects have a broken down price list to help you estimate the cost. When I first logged on to their site for this blog post I saw a picture of  a Wonder Woman wallet.  I definitely have to make this!

Wonder Woman wallet made from comic book pages!

Wonder Woman wallet made from comic book pages!


Artist Kara of Kara Paslay Designs created this chandelier using Mason jars.  The light is bright and crisp.  This link gives how-to directions.  This is the same concept for the chandeliers Doug Washington created at Irving Street Kitchen in Portland’s Pearl District. A picture of those chandeliers are on an earlier blog post of mine.
Mason Jar Chandelier - This was a blog post on the ReadyMade website.

Mason Jar Chandelier - This was a blog post on the ReadyMade website.


Bud vase made from an old lightbulb.  Think about all the other cool light bulb shapes there are out there!

Bud vase made from an old lightbulb. Think about all the other cool light bulb shapes there are out there!


Directions for this light bulb vase are also on the ReadyMade website.  As are the directions for making this very cool solar system pillow.  This one doesn’t directly say to use recycled materials but you could.
Solar system Pillow - It is hard to see the rings in this photo but the directions have them.

Solar system Pillow - It is hard to see the rings in this photo but the directions have them.


The ReadyMade website is http://www.readymade.com.  Get your creative juices flowing and try one of their projects or think of a new way to use something you may be ready to toss in the trash.