Introduction: Pocket Mikado

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Play Mikado game everywhere with this easy and inexpensive version. In this game, you need to demonstrate your skills by removing one stick without touching or moving the others.

One stick represents the mikado —the ancient name for the Emperor of Japan—, and the society hierarchy: mandarins, bonzens, samurais and kulis (workers), each one with their respective punctuation.

For complete rules, check this out:

Hope you like!

Step 1: What You Need

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It's almost nothing:

- 31 toothpicks
- some assorted felt-tip pens
- a sheet of cardstock or thick paper
- a printer (optional)
- glue
- scissors

and sure you have in home.

Step 2: Paint the Toothpicks

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Paint the toothpicks following this instructions:

- the mikado has a blue spiral and there is only one,
- the mandarin has three wide yellow stripes and there are 5 of them,
- the bonzen has two wide orange stripes and there are 5 of them,
- the samurai has three narrow green stripes and there are 10 of them,
- the kuli has two narrow red stripes and there are 10 of them.

Of course, you can vary the colors and stripes at your own.

Step 3: Make the Box

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To make the box, you can copy this design o just print the PDF file in the cardstock sheet.

Cut it and repeat the design of each type of toothpick in one side, as reminder.

Now score the lines, fold it once. Then glue —except the side with thumb indexes—  and let it dry with heavy books on.

That's all. Enjoy playing with friends and children everywhere, or just use a surprise gift!


rkleijn made it! (author)2015-04-22

Its very nice, and what is the name of the text style so i can change it in to dutch.

ansanma (author)rkleijn2015-05-09

Hi! Good job with the painting. The title font is Houters-Normal, you can find it here:

And the text font is Papyrus:

I've added the original file in CorelDraw format, hoping it helps you. Please, post the Dutch version. Thanks a lot!

RMDan (author)2013-03-07

A page on how to play would be a great addition to this instructable. Otherwise good work on the steps.

TheEngineeringFreak (author)2012-02-18

Like it! My toothpicks are a bit big for the box, Can you make a bigger box file please?

Here you have: a file with box 120% greater. Hope you like!

reganbella (author)2012-02-10

Thank you!

reganbella (author)2012-02-01

The Wiki page says there are 41 in all. Should I use 31 for pocket or traditional 41?

ansanma (author)reganbella2012-02-06

Read carefully below Mini Mikado section, it says 31. But it will be perfect if you want to make the complete set of sticks. Enjoy!

mikeasaurus (author)2011-11-18

I love it!

ChrysN (author)2011-11-18

Nice! I used to play when I was a kid. A portable version is a great idea.

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