Introduction: Makedo Christmas Ornament

Make simple beautiful Christmas ornaments from old gift wrapping. All you need is old gift wrapping paper and Makedo re-pins and re-clips available at

This project was designed by Tanaka Satoshi, Makedo’s master maker from Japan.

Step 1: Find

Source old wrapping paper left over from gifts. For this project each ornament requires 2 Makedo re-pins and re-clips.

Step 2: Cut

Cut the paper in to strips. For this project we will be using 9 strips of paper.

Step 3: Punch

Use the point end of the Makedo safe-saw and punch holes at the end of each strip.

Step 4: Connect

Use the Makedo pin and clip to connect the strips of paper at one end.

Step 5: Connect

Fan out the strips so and they are evenly spread out from one another. 

Step 6: Build

To give it some shape Pinch the end of the paper strips and open it the spaces between the strips. You may wish to use marbles to place between the space of the paper strips. 

Step 7: Connect

Once you are happy with the final shape, use the Makedo safe-saw and punch a hole at the end of the strips. Connect using a Makedo pin and clip to hold it on place. 

Step 8: Share

Your Makedo ornament is complete. Use different left over wrapping paper to create other colourful ornaments. Don't be afraid to creat other variations, just be creative! Attach string to hang around the house or on the Christmas tree. Share and upload your creation to, we would love to see it! :)


daveda made it!(author)2011-12-19

How do you get such perfectly round holes?
When I poke a sharp object through piece of paper it does not look like this, this looks like a paper punch.

makedo-able made it!(author)2011-12-19

Hi, for delicate materials i sometimes use a hole puncher. But for think pieces of card and plastics i use the Makedo safe-saw.

daveda made it!(author)2011-12-17

Before you can punch this hole, don't you have to cut the ends off even?

makedo-able made it!(author)2011-12-19

Hi, yes you can trim off the ends to make it even or you can create another loop below it just like the ornament in the background. :)

daveda made it!(author)2011-12-17

How do you go from the 5 strips in a previous step to the nine I see here?

makedo-able made it!(author)2011-12-19

Hi there,
Sorry i will fix the instructable, It should be 9 strips for this one rather than 5 strips for a simpler one. :)

Penolopy+Bulnick made it!(author)2011-12-14

Cute! I like how you used the marbles to space them out!

canucksgirl made it!(author)2011-12-14

Very similar to your last ornament - but very pretty.

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