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: 

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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.
jdmolson made it!2 months ago

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!

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?
makedo-able (author)  Jack A Lopez1 year ago
Haha you are so right! Bring on the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
l8nite2 years ago
hhmmmm coraplast from old signs instead of cardboard would make this more weather resistant... very interesting idea
linny2 years ago
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??

That's all there really is to say on the matter.
CynthiaR3 years ago
That is a great idea! I really like to see such creative things! :)
cammers3 years ago
I love it.
My weekend is now planned. Thank you.
makedo-able (author)  cammers3 years ago
Would love to see a photo of your Windball when you complete it! :D
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)  cammers3 years ago
LOOKS GREAT! :D thanks for sharing!
mistyp3 years ago
This looks like tons of fun! How many clips would this take?
makedo-able (author)  mistyp3 years ago
This project would take around 60 makedo pins and clips. :) Makes building it a lot easier and simpler.
Kiteman3 years ago
Perfect for a beach!
rimar20003 years ago
Very nice, thanks for sharing.
It's an industrialized tumbleweed!

Looks like a lot of fun too.  LOVE!
makedo-able (author)  AngryRedhead3 years ago
Thanks! It's loads of fun! :D