Makedo Cardboard Camera




About: 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 comes to life in collab...

Make a recycled ‘creativity camera’ using just a few small boxes, some plastic lids and Makedo parts available from
Create a slot at the bottom of your camera for fun Polaroid action - each time you see a great scene DRAW IT and feed it through the slot!

Step 1: Saw

To begin your Makedo Camera, Use the Makedo Safe-saw and cut the smaller box to the same width as your Camera body box. This will be the viewfinder for your Camera.

Step 2: Punch

To connect the viewfinder to the top of your Camera, use the point end of the Makedo Safe-saw and punch a hole on the top of your Camera body box.

Step 3: Connect

Connect a Makedo Hinge positioned at a right angle to the top of the viewfinder using Makedo Re-pins and Re-clips.

Step 4: Connect

To make the snap button, connect a bottle lid to the right hand side of the Camera base box using a Makedo Re-pin and Re-clip.

Step 5: Build

Source bottle lids, containers or CDs and layer them on top of each other to create the lens of your Makedo Camera. Connect the lens to the front of your Camera body box using a Makedo Re-pin and Re-clip.

Step 6: Saw

Use the Makedo Safe-saw and cut a slot underneath the lens. This is where your instant images will emerge from.

Step 7: Roll

To create the instant film, curl paper around a cardboard tube and position it inside the box. Connect Makedo Re-pins on either side of the box so that when the flaps are closed the pins fit in line with the tube and hold it in place.

Step 8: Complete

To complete your Makedo Camera, connect a piece of ribbon to the sides for a neck strap. You are now ready to capture all your exciting adventures! We would love to be a part of them so don’t forget to upload your Makedo creation to



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    6 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    What's up with you and safety? Instead of criticizing someone elses instructable saying how it's not for fun for anyone over five? The instuctable was obviously made for someone young. I hope your trolling because what you're saying is absolutely unbeliveable coming from anyone.

    4 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, sorry about that, I was just really mad when i typed my comment, and my little brother had fun with the camera. I still hate the way they take safety so seriously in our country. I'm in 8th grade and in my school they only let us use safety scissors but they'll let us use power tools. That's weird.

    Treasure Tabbyyapoyo

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Ha! I've been using sharp nail scissors since I was 3 to cut things other then nails. Maybe even younger. I only found out what safety scissors were about when I attended grade school. I hated them especially when they were covered in gunk like dried up glue and rusty. How are young kids suppose to learn to cut with those other then to learn to be frustrated? I believe in safety but that I always thought that to be too much. These days even the play ground equipment is being taken away because fear of lawsuit. *face-palm*

    BTW great and creative make for the kids!

    yapoyoTreasure Tabby

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    oh, maybe that's why I don't have recess in my school. They instead have some dumb thing called "advisory" where all that happens is the teacher says, "Stop talking and do your homework or read."

    yapoyoTreasure Tabby

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    yes, I hate how they get covered in gunk! I do believe in safety but yes, they do go too far. Maybe it's because my parents are Indians (I'm an indian, but I'm a US citizen because I was born in the US) because at home my parent's don't take safety very seriously. And get this: My DAD is the one that's overprotective. I've used a drill at least 50 times in school and my dad's principle is "if I don't know how to do it, surely my kids don't know either." Weird.