Introduction: Makedo Giant Windball

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If there’s any single Makedo project you have to make, it’s this one. We’re releasing the secrets to the infamous Tanaka Satoshi Giant Windball, from Makedo's Master Maker in Japan.

One of our most revered Makedo creations for it’s stunning visual design, creativity, simplicity and adaptability - but most of all hours of play. No need for further explanation, these pictures and video of one Giant Windball’s adventures in Japan speak larger than words.

All you need are some reclaimed cardboard sheets and Makedo re-pins and re-clips available at

See the windball in action from Flickr:

Step 1: Find

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Source cardboard and cut out 30 30x30cm squares. Use the point end of the Makedo safe-saw and punch holes on all four corners of the cardboard square, however not too close to the edge. Use the Makedo hinge as a spacing guide.

Step 2: Punch

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Punch holes on all four corners of the remaining 29 pieces of cardboard.

Step 3: Connect

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To begin the ball, connect 5 pieces of cardboard from corner to corner using Makedo pins and clips.

Step 4: Connect

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Continue to connect the pieces together using Makedo pins and clips, moving from layer to layer. As you work up, the form of the ball begins to mould itself into a rounded shape. To assist you in visualising your windball, the negative space between the cardboard should be forming triangles and pentagons.

Step 5: Complete

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Your Makedo Giant Windball is complete! Have a ‘ball’ of your own and take it outside for a spin! Make one of any size or colour to decorate your home using cardboard scraps and a Freeplay KIT for THREE. Download easy instructions from the Makedo blog...
Don’t forget to post your Windball adventures on Makedo's Facebook page.


Jack A Lopez (author)2013-10-22

I can't believe nobody has mentioned the word "rhombicosidodecahedron" yet.

I mean if you keep calling this thing a "Giant Windball", how's anyone going to know what you're talking about?

mrsmerwin (author)Jack A Lopez2017-01-23

rhombicosidodecahedron is probably not even in the vocabulary of most math teachers--which bothers me a lot since I am a math teacher.

Jack A Lopez (author)mrsmerwin2017-01-23

Sometimes it is nice to discover the academic name for a thing.

For example, I think it was just a few months ago when I discovered this thing,

has a name other than "bullsh!t grinder".

makedo-able (author)Jack A Lopez2013-10-22

Haha you are so right! Bring on the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

mrsmerwin (author)2017-01-23

The one I am planning will be more in the Christmas ornament size. I am going to use cardstock and hold it together with glue stick.

jdmolson made it! (author)2015-01-08

I finally had the chance to make it now that my daughter is old enough (4yrs). Her and her cousins (some older some younger) had a blast with it. After cutting out all the cardboard squares, we had all the kids & adults draw/paint/create artwork on them, and once assembled, it kept the kids busy outside for hours and hours!

l8nite (author)2012-07-20

hhmmmm coraplast from old signs instead of cardboard would make this more weather resistant... very interesting idea

linny (author)2012-07-19

This really appeals to me. So inspiring! You could have a party with 30 guests and have them all decorate a piece of cardboard.
OR You could take 30 LP album covers (!) and use the fronts of them. Or 15 and cut them up! Maybe someone has already done this??

armored bore (author)2012-03-09

That's all there really is to say on the matter.

CynthiaR (author)2012-03-07

That is a great idea! I really like to see such creative things! :)

cammers (author)2012-03-01

I love it.
My weekend is now planned. Thank you.

makedo-able (author)cammers2012-03-01

Would love to see a photo of your Windball when you complete it! :D

cammers (author)makedo-able2012-03-02

Here it is. I had to invent my own cleats to hold it together. They didn't work very well so duct tape to the rescue again. I think the makedo gear would be much much much easier and neater.

makedo-able (author)cammers2012-03-02

LOOKS GREAT! :D thanks for sharing!

mistyp (author)2012-03-02

This looks like tons of fun! How many clips would this take?

makedo-able (author)mistyp2012-03-02

This project would take around 60 makedo pins and clips. :) Makes building it a lot easier and simpler.

Kiteman (author)2012-03-02

Perfect for a beach!

rimar2000 (author)2012-03-02

Very nice, thanks for sharing.

AngryRedhead (author)2012-03-01

It's an industrialized tumbleweed!

Looks like a lot of fun too.  LOVE!

makedo-able (author)AngryRedhead2012-03-01

Thanks! It's loads of fun! :D

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