Makedo Cardboard Treasure Chest




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...

Whether you’re playing Pirate or you just need somewhere to hide away those most treasured toys, this Makedo Treasure Chest will really come in handy. We’ve made ours using a cardboard box, some card sheet and Makedo parts available from

Step 1: Sketch Out the Pattern

To make your Toy Treasure Chest, begin by drawing the curve for the top of the chest on the small sides of your box as shown in the image. Next, rule two lines all the way around the box.

Step 2: Cut and Score

Use the Makedo Safe-saw and cut along the curved line so that the top comes off.
Next, cut three sides of the box along the bottom (lower) line that you drew in Step 1. The fourth side will be hinged to make the lid for your Treasure Chest.

Step 3: Cover and Connect

Use a rectangular sheet of cardboard and bend it over the curve as shown.

To secure the curved cardboard to the lid, connect using Makedo Lock-hinges and Re-clips at the back of the Treasure Chest.

Connect the front of the arch using Makedo Re-clips.

Step 4: Decorate to Complete

Now for the exciting part! Decorate your chest using strips of cardboard for the bracing and handles. Using crayons and markers to personalise your Treasure Chest is a great way to add more colour.

Your Makedo Toy Treasure Chest is complete. What will you keep inside? Choose the best treasures, because there may not be room for all of your toys! Remember to share your creation at



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    9 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Are the hinges and lock pieces no longer available?

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    Reply 2 years ago

    We no longer sell kits with pre-made plastic hinges. In most cases, a strap of cardboard can replace the function of a 'hinge'. This is cheaper and easier for the user and allows for more connectors in the new kits. For those needing rigid brackets or an actual plastic hinge - we offer freely downloadable 3D print files on Thingiverse -

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    Looks really good especially with those cute aliens in it. They were from Toy Story right? How come they never became as popular as the minions?

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    ArizaZChristian Reese

    Reply 3 years ago

    @Christian Reese That is a great question I now wonder myself.

    Can I offer a tip?
    Cut the half circle part off of the top, Then add the curved top piece Before you cut the top free from the chest. That way everything lines up perfectly.

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    That does make sense! Thanks for the tip... it is always helpful to get a fresh perspective on how these creations can be made.

    We'll give this a go next time around.

    Ooo I've been wanting to make one of these for my kitty's toys.
    He has many toys and they get all strewn out all over they place. Just have to find the time to make one.

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    Well then if you like cats, thought you might like this cool creation too.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Where did you get the LGM's and the (Yoshi?)? Coll project by the way.