Introduction: Makedo Xylophone

Picture of Makedo Xylophone

Today we started by playing with the cardboard tubes we’ve been gathering - foil tubes, cling wrap tubes, toilet paper tubes, postal tubes, paper towel tubes. Each varied in size and thickness so we lined them up and all of a sudden, what was previously packaging waste now turned into a musical instrument – a xylophone.

Step 1: Saw

Picture of Saw

For this project you will need a fruit box, paper tubes, elestic bands and Makedo Re-pins and Reclips. To begin, cut your paper tubes to descending lengths using the Makedo Safe-saw.

Step 2: Saw

Picture of Saw

We have sourced different sized paper tubes such as a postal tube and a paper towel tubes. You can also use just a simple household paper towel tube cut at different lengths to make this Xylophone.

Step 3: Punch

Picture of Punch

Use the point end of the Makedo saw and punch  two holes on the paper tubes. These holes will be where you connect it to the box base.

Step 4: Punch

Picture of Punch

For the base of the Xylophone, punch two holes on either side of the box.

Step 5: Connect

Picture of Connect

Connect two Makedo Re-pins and Re-clips to the already punched holes. This will hold the elastic to make the Xylophone bridge for the tubes.

Step 6: Stretch

Picture of Stretch

Use the elastic bands and stretch them from one side of the box to the other and secure it over the Makedo Re-pins. If your elastic bands are not long enough, lengthen it by adding another elastic and Makedo Re-pin and Re-clip as shown in the image.

Step 7: Connect

Picture of Connect

Place a Makedo Re-pin to the holes of the tubes and connect it to the elastic bridge with a Re-clip. Place the tubes in Descending order and ensure there is spacing between each tube.

Step 8: Complete

Picture of Complete

Your Xylophone is complete. Find Sticks to hit the tubes and start a symphonic tune with your Makedo instrument. We would love to see your creation so remember to post it at


scoochmaroo (author)2012-06-08

Fantastic! You should consider entering this in the Father's Day Challenge!

About This Instructable




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 »
More by makedo-able:Makedo Dinosaur Costume From a Sun Basket BoxMakedo Car From a Sun Basket BoxMakedo Thanksgiving Turkey
Add instructable to: