Makedo Xylophone




Introduction: Makedo Xylophone

Makedo is a simple to use, open-ended system of tools for creative cardboard construction. Build im…

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

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

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

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

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

Step 5: 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

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

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

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

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