Introduction: Makedo Transformer

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Join the battle against waste with this Makedo creation. Instead of buying that new toy, you can make it yourself!

In a few short actions our Transformer changes from a truck into an imposing robot. Follow these instructions to build your own Transformer out of reused packaging from around the home. We've used Makedo parts available at to connect it all together.

Step 1: Find

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Find materials from around your home to make this Transformer. We've sourced:

1 x tissue box

1 x biscuit tray
4 x bottle lids

2 x coffee cup and lid 
2 x yogurt tubs

1 x small box
1 x cardboard sheet
2 x bottle caps

Step 2: Connect

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To make the arms of your Transformer, cut your plastic biscuit tray in half. Use the Makedo Safe-saw and punch holes on both ends of the half cut plastic tray and also on 4 bottle lids. Connect the lids to the pre-punched holes of your plastic tray using Makedo Re-pins and Re-clips. This will be the wheels of your vehicle when it transforms.

Step 3: Build

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Connect one wheel of each arm to either side of the tissue box with Makedo Hinge, Re-pins and Re-clips.

Step 4: Connect

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To make the legs of your Transformer, position Makedo Hinges on one end of the tissue box and connect a yogurt tub to each Hinge. Ensure that the hinges are positioned so that the yogurt tubs can swing 180 degrees to sit on top of the tissue box.

Step 5: Build

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To complete the legs, connect the coffee cup and lid to the yogurt tub with Makedo Re-pins and Re-clips.

Step 6: Connect

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Your Transformer is almost complete. To make the head, wrap a piece of card around the smaller box and connect it with one Makedo Re-pin and Re-clip on either side, near the bottom corner. We’ve added bottle lids to create a more mechanical look to our Transformer.

Step 7: Build

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Connect the head to the body using Makedo Re-pins and Re-clips.

Step 8: Complete

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Your Transformer is complete! Decorate it by adding a plastic tray as a chest plate and drawing more gears or adding stickers to its body. It’s now ready for action.


hungyhipo 2 (author)2012-12-02

Someone's got a Core i5 inside

CR15P33 (author)2012-12-02

thank you for bringing back my childhood :)

ilpug (author)2012-04-19



makedo-able (author)ilpug2012-04-21

Thank you! :D Try make one with things from around your home. It's so much fun!

Kaptain Kool (author)2012-04-20

This is so cool!

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Bio: Makedo is a simple to use, open-ended system of tools for creative cardboard construction. Build imaginative and useful creations from upcycled (repurposed) everyday cardboard. Makedo ... More »
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