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Create your own Makedo Cardboard Christmas tree these holidays. All you have to do is download the template file available here on instructables and go to mymakedo.com for some parts.

NOTE: We have recently changed to new Scru parts so just replace each pair of Repin & Reclip in the instructions for a single Scru.

 
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Step 2: Cut

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Referencing from the downloaded template, measure and cut out the cardboard triangles. You should have a total of 16 triangle panels. Use the Makedo safe-saw to punch holes in each triangle panel as shown in the template.

Step 3: Score

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Where the perforated line is illustrated in the template, lightly score the cardboard with the tip end of the safe-saw.

Step 4: Fold

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Fold along the creased line. Repeat  steps 1-3  for the remaining triangular panels. 

Step 5: Build

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Each module consists of 4 identical triangle panels. Begin by overlaying the creased fold over the edge of the second panel. Align the holes. 

Step 6: Connect

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Connect using Makedo repins and reclips. Continue this process to connect the remaining two triangles to form a tetrahedron.

NOTE: We have recently changed to new Scru parts so just replace each pair of Repin & Reclip in the instructions for a single Scru.

Step 7: Build

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Fold in the flaps below so they overlap one another. Connect the four corners together to complete the triangular module. Altogether there should be 4 modules. 1 x small, 2 x medium and 1 x large.

Step 8: Build

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Position the triangle modules on top of one another starting with one of the medium sized ones on the bottom. Follow with the largest, the medium and the smallest on top. 

Step 9: Complete

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Your Makedo Christmas tree is complete! Decorate with reclaimed material ornaments as you wish. Makedo ornament instructions are also available on our website. Share and upload your creation to mymakedo.com

Step 10: Makedo Christmas tree in the making

Stop motion video of the Makedo Christmas tree at Makedo HQ!

linuxnewbie2 months ago

I suspect this would also work with McGroovy's connectors or even oversized envelope clasps

yolibj made it!3 months ago

I made this christmas tree with coroplast and illuminated it with Philips Hue. Loved it!!!!

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lemondedis1 year ago
une très bonne idée : merci pour le partage !... je cherche des freebies sur le web, mais je recherche aussi des créations "faciles" : mon but est de permettre aux gens qui n'ont pas beaucoup d'argent, ou qui débutent le bricolage, de créer des choses simples, ne demandant pas d'outils "exceptionnels" ni trop de matériel, et ce sapin est parfait pour cela... lorsque je trouve des choses qui me plaisent, je partage mes "bonnes adresses" : la vôtre y sera !... http://pinterest.com/lemondedis/ (j'ai déjà plus de 12000 liens vers des téléchargements gratuits et quelques autres milliers vers des projets de création !)
C'est une bonne idée en effet ! Lovely to see your post in French. My 7 year old and 4 year old grandchildren go to French school (no English spoken at the school.) I will ask them to help me with some of the words that I don't know. They may write back to you in French too. Please do your best to read it because they are just learning to spell.
makedo-able (author)  lemondedis1 year ago
Merci beaucoup. Excuse my french, it is terrible. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, we also love making projects that are accessible and easy for people to make out of everyday materials, often things found around the home. We're on pinterest too. Check it out sometime http://pinterest.com/makedo
gloria yazbeck12 months ago
See it decorated !! :)
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LOL! Fun idea Gloria ;0)
makedo-able (author)  gloria yazbeck12 months ago
Wow! Great to see it painted and decorated. A costume, great idea. We'll have to do that sometime. Thanks for sharing.
porcupinemamma11 months ago
Clever! Purolator and FedEx would be proud ;0) Thanks so much for posting. Very creative!
gloria yazbeck12 months ago
see it as a costume :)
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gloria yazbeck12 months ago
I did it yesterday!! but with a custom design for my son to wear it :))) see it attached
Ah! i've got it working! thank you so much!
judaloo291 year ago
I have tried for 30 minutes to buy this somewhere--anywhere online and it isn't available. Is there a reason or a place I can go? I've gone directly to the makedo.com site, amazon and wherever else google would take me.
makedo-able (author)  judaloo291 year ago
That's great that you are so keen!
The idea is that you find your own materials locally, close to your home. It may be cardboard boxes or sheets, reclaimed packaging or even old advertising panels. You can then make your own tree following these instructions along with Makedo parts to connect it all together.
We suggest using the Makedo Kit for Three for this creation.
makedo-able (author) 1 year ago
Check out our Instructable for the Mini Makedo Cardboard Christmas Tree! 

It's a table-top version of the coolest DIY tree in town.
eruiz41 year ago
es una buena idea y me gustaria implementarla en mi casa con i famia
mcorbin2 years ago
Nice! I like it plain and clean like this, but there are endless ways to decorate it.
makedo-able (author)  mcorbin2 years ago
Thanks! We do too, though we made some decorative baubles too (for any tree) using coloured bottle caps, coffee cups and cup cake liners, will have to share that also soon.
macadog2 years ago
Totally cool!
makedo-able (author)  macadog2 years ago
Thanks macadog!
joseshivers2 years ago
Yey nice tree, I have halved the scale for spacial reasons, but it looks pretty cool. Now it had decorations on, it looks even cuter.

Thanks to Makedo for saving Christmas
timwikander2 years ago
I love the concept behind makedo! What a brilliant way to tap people's imaginations & repurpose ubiquitous "waste" materials at the same time. Great design all the way down to the packaging. Me likey :).
Judith7562 years ago
Absolutely love this instructalbe. Great way to recycle cardboard. Great way to have a "tree" and then be able to store it flat, or send to the recycle bin at the end of the season.
Thanks for the template and great pictures.
I just did the calculation and you need 13400mm of cardboard! whoa!

that aside... it is a great idea! I love it and will be making one.. i will post pics once done.

I just need to know what scale the paper is to be printed at? becuase this is of epic proportions one would need to print it out on several A1 sheets or break it up.

...or you could provide us with a scale perhaps?

I will probably be projecting the image via video projector across the room on to some cardboard roll until the scale is correct.... then trace a template... rinse and repeat on the floor until all are traced..
makedo-able (author)  telefinnicker2 years ago
Hello! Love the enthusiam! :) The size of the template is scaled at 10% of original size. The easiest method of execution which we followed was to measure and draw out each individual triangle and cut them out. Then simply using these triangles as a tracing template for the remaining triangle panels required.

We can't wait to see the images you post. :)
tleet592 years ago
I could see spray painting it three shades of green, and decorating it with greeting cards from the previous year with space for the new ones this year.

One question: Why is the size from the smallest to the medium only increased by 125mm, when it's increased to 225 from the medium to the large? The final tree looked out of proportion to me, and I looked back at the pattern and the heights were 450mm, 675mm and 900mm. Perhaps 850mm would make it look more gradual.

Cool idea!
makedo-able (author)  tleet592 years ago
Hello,
Makedo is all about creative play and endless possibilities. This instructable is simply a guide so feel free to adjust it anyway you want.
Can't wait to see the final result. :)
richagarg2 years ago
This is so cool! I am going to make a small table-top version of it!
sitearm2 years ago
@makedo-able; Hi! Cute idea. But I am totally curious is it called "Makedo" because it is "Make Do" in English or Makedo in Japanese?

Cheers! :)
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makedo-able (author)  sitearm2 years ago
Hi! We are called makedo as in "make do" in English but many people read it as makedo in Japanese. The way people read it has aways intrigued us and we don't mind at all at how it is pronounced. :)
agis682 years ago
its like middlecrisis tree?.....hahahah....anyway a good paintjob will make it more fancy....happy hollydays
catfacepip2 years ago
Wow, good idea for university students I guess :p Very creative use for cardboard, I would paint it green though :)
I liked so much, Congratulations :) Sure I do "!
l8nite3 years ago
that is really cool