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How to make a Makedo Cardboard Christmas Tree

How To Make a Cardboard Christmas Tree

If there’s ever a designer creation you must build, this one is it. We’ve updated the instructions to our infamous Makedo Christmas Tree - and this time around, we’re also working on a mini table-top version!

Put away your wood saw and replace it with a Makedo Safe-saw. Save a tree and find some old cardboard to turn into a DIY Cardboard Christmas Tree.

Makedo cardboard Christmas tree

Here’s our minimalist interpretation to help get you started... but there are endless ways you could decorate it - a Cardboard Christmas Tree is the perfect blank canvas for the kids to get creative with these holidays. Click the collage below to download instructions and cutting template for our full-size Cardboard Christmas Tree, and stay tuned for the all-new mini desk-sized version (coming soon).

You can make a smaller desk-sized version with our instructions here. Either way, we’re sure Santa will be impressed with your creativity and have no problem finding the perfect place to put all your presents. Happy holidays!

PDF Instructions: Cardboard Christmas Tree

The making is only half the fun. How will you decorate your Cardboard Christmas Tree? Here are a few of our favourites from Instructables makers:

Makedo DIY cardboard Christmas Tree customizations

All the cardboard construction tools you need to build the Makedo Cardboard Christmas Tree are included in the TOOLKIT Home pack.

Makedo How To Make DIY Geodesic Dome

Makedo How To Make: Geodesic Dome

Of all the structures and habitats that people make using Makedo, it is probably the Geodesic Dome that gets people talking the most. 

In an email we received from Robert in Canada, he asked us how a Makedo Geodesic Dome he had seen was constructed.

    "…how did they manage to get the triangles to stay together? What would be a big help, is a photo of the inside."

Continue reading to see excerpts from our reply to Robert’s enquiry, as we explain how the Geo dome was built.

image from Makedo Flickr

The trick to attaching panels together is to fold the edges back, and then Scru these flaps to each other on the underside. This means that your measurements for each panel have to include a little extra to accommodate the folded portion.

You will find that this creates a very firm connection… it is a technique we have used for many other creations.
For most joints on the dome, you’ll probably only need two or three Scrus along each edge. 

image from Makedo Flickr, construction using early release Makedo parts

Our geodesic dome was made out of aluminium printing plates that were salvaged from a local printer. You will be able to make a similar structure out of cardboard or any sheet material… just be aware that you need quite a few triangles to create a sizable structure!

Here is a great example using the same construction technique, this time with the folded edges facing outwards.

By creating crisp folds in the cardboard and facing the folded edges outwards, the forces acting on the structure actually work to strengthen the Makedo connections.

We now recommend that cardboard domes made with Makedo use the same approach... try it out and see what you think!

This dome was built out of laser cut cardboard by the guys at

Design That Matters on Instructables


Many online tools are available to calculate panel sizes for domes of different diameters and construction methods.

Here are a few to get you started:

Desert Domes

By Example


and of course, the Domebook.

We would recommend making a scale version (roughly a4 size) out of paper first, to confirm your proportions. Some people also use Google Sketchup to help visualise the design before moving on to the proper material and Makedo parts.

You can see some assembly photos in our flickr sets:

- The original construction from State of Design in Melbourne, 2009

- Another rebuild at Melbourne Design Market, using fewer components to connect (interior image shown above).

Building a cardboard dome is a fantastic project, and there is much fun to be had both during and after construction. Don’t be surprised if the kids (and maybe Dad too) are reluctant to come home afterwards… these domes tend to be quite cozy and welcoming.

We look forward to seeing how your own dome/igloo turns out!

How To Make a Giant Makedo Windball

Makedo How to Make: Giant Cardboard Windball

If there’s any single Makedo project you have to make, it’s this one.

We’re releasing the secrets of Tanaka Satoshi’s infamous Giant Windball.

The Windball is one of our most revered Makedo creations. Notable for its stunning visual design, creativity, simplicity and adaptability - but most of all a Windball provides hours of play.

No need for further explanation; these pictures and video of one Giant Windball’s adventures in Japan speak larger than words.

Have a ‘ball’ of your own. Make a Windball of any size using cardboard scraps and some Scrus from the Makedo Shop. Click on the image below to download free printable PDF instructions for Tanaka Satoshi’s Giant Windball. 

Note: Images showing early-version Makedo hardware.