Makedo Cardboard Christmas Tree: 2018 UPDATE




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Create your own Makedo Cardboard Christmas tree these holidays. All you have to do is download the template file available here on instructables and go to for some Makedo cardboard construction tools.

Step 1: Makedo Christmas Tree Template!

Download this template file (pdf below) to start making your Makedo Christmas tree. :)

Step 2: Cut

Referencing from the downloaded template, measure and cut out the cardboard triangles. You should have a total of 16 triangle panels.

Step 3: Score

Where the perforated line is illustrated in the template, lightly score the cardboard with the tip end of the safe-saw.

Step 4: Punch

Use the Makedo safe-saw to punch holes in each triangle panel as shown in the template.

Step 5: Fold

Fold along the creased line. Repeat steps 1-3 for the remaining triangular panels.

Step 6: Build

Each module uses four identical triangle panels. Place the flap of one triangle over the edge of the second and align the holes. Screw in place using Makedo cardboard construction tools.

Step 7: Connect

Fold in the flaps underneath and screw the corners together to complete the triangular module. You should have 4 modules. 1x A, 2x B & 1x C.

Step 8: Stack

Position the triangles on top of one another in the following order (from bottom to top): B - C - B - A.

Step 9: Decorate

Draw on the cardboard, attach DIY Christmas ornaments that you've made yourself or find other interesting ways to personalise your Cardboard Christmas Tree.

Step 10: Complete

Your Makedo Christmas tree is complete! Find a cozy corner or a warm spot by the fire (not too close!) where your tree can bring festive cheer to your home.

Share and upload your creation:

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Tag your photos: @makedo #mymakedo #cardboardchristmas #cardboardchristmastree

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Step 11: Makedo Christmas Tree in the Making

Stop motion video of the Makedo Christmas tree at Makedo HQ!

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45 Discussions


2 years ago

what are the measurements for the side flaps on all triangles

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Reply 2 years ago

Hello Zaliya.

Do you mean a light inside the tree like "Boniwood" shows in the image posted here in the comments? It looks like this was achieved by punching many holes in the cardboard surfaces, and then placing a desk lamp inside.

Just take care not to put any heat sources (hopefully it's an LED lamp!) too close to the cardboard, and it should work nicely.


Reply 2 years ago

Hi Angelina.

The Makedo Cardboard Christmas Tree can be scaled to suit the materials you have available. In the template that we have provided here (see the image at the beginning of Step 1) the measurements are a suggestion, not a rule - you can choose your own proportions and the design will still work. You just need the panels to be identical in size for each triangle.

The side flap does not need to be a specific size, the only requirement is that you have enough material to punch and then scru through when folded under the adjoining panel. About 2 inches/5cm should work nicely.


2 years ago

Bonjour, est ce que quelqu'un aurai svp me passer le tuto pour réaliser le sapin?
Merci d'avance.


Reply 3 years ago

How? I have silhouette did it cut cardboard? And that big? Thx


3 years ago

What is the width at the widest part? i have limited space and wanted to do something like this instead of a traditional tree.


3 years ago

I cut where I was suppose to fold along the sides. So I used duck tape on the inside and packing tape on the outside.


4 years ago on Introduction

Made it, and added holes and a desk lamp in it ! It really looks awesome, thanks for the pattern !

From Strasbourg, France


4 years ago on Introduction

I suspect this would also work with McGroovy's connectors or even oversized envelope clasps


6 years ago on Introduction

une très bonne idée : merci pour le partage !... je cherche des freebies sur le web, mais je recherche aussi des créations "faciles" : mon but est de permettre aux gens qui n'ont pas beaucoup d'argent, ou qui débutent le bricolage, de créer des choses simples, ne demandant pas d'outils "exceptionnels" ni trop de matériel, et ce sapin est parfait pour cela... lorsque je trouve des choses qui me plaisent, je partage mes "bonnes adresses" : la vôtre y sera !... (j'ai déjà plus de 12000 liens vers des téléchargements gratuits et quelques autres milliers vers des projets de création !)

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C'est une bonne idée en effet ! Lovely to see your post in French. My 7 year old and 4 year old grandchildren go to French school (no English spoken at the school.) I will ask them to help me with some of the words that I don't know. They may write back to you in French too. Please do your best to read it because they are just learning to spell.


Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Merci beaucoup. Excuse my french, it is terrible. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, we also love making projects that are accessible and easy for people to make out of everyday materials, often things found around the home. We're on pinterest too. Check it out sometime

Wow! Great to see it painted and decorated. A costume, great idea. We'll have to do that sometime. Thanks for sharing.

Clever! Purolator and FedEx would be proud ;0) Thanks so much for posting. Very creative!