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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.

Step 1: Makedo Christmas tree template!

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Download this template file to start making your Makedo Christmas tree. :)

Boniwood7 months ago

Made it, and added holes and a desk lamp in it ! It really looks awesome, thanks for the pattern !

From Strasbourg, France

laetitia.pfaender made it!8 months ago

Decorated with a lighting garland some origami, christmas cards and little Christmas things

makedo-able (author)  laetitia.pfaender8 months ago
Wow. Looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.
ccason4 made it!8 months ago
i made a little paper one for the office. Its held together with tape.
hasan.bobo.758 months ago

loved it thanks

StaceyD18 months ago

made on my silhouette loved it thanks!

linuxnewbie12 months ago

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

yolibj made it!1 year ago

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

lemondedis2 years 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)  lemondedis2 years 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
See it decorated !! :)
LOL! Fun idea Gloria ;0)
makedo-able (author)  gloria yazbeck1 year ago
Wow! Great to see it painted and decorated. A costume, great idea. We'll have to do that sometime. Thanks for sharing.
Clever! Purolator and FedEx would be proud ;0) Thanks so much for posting. Very creative!
see it as a costume :)
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!
judaloo292 years 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)  judaloo292 years 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) 2 years 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.
eruiz42 years 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!
joseshivers3 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
timwikander3 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 :).
Judith7563 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)  telefinnicker3 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. :)
tleet593 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)  tleet593 years ago
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. :)
richagarg3 years ago
This is so cool! I am going to make a small table-top version of it!
sitearm3 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! :)
makedo-able (author)  sitearm3 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. :)
agis683 years ago
its like middlecrisis tree?.....hahahah....anyway a good paintjob will make it more fancy....happy hollydays
catfacepip3 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