Making with makedo – Meet Makedog

by Jenny Butler
Monday 18th July 2011

We are thrilled to have the team from makedo on the Guest Blog this week sharing some of their favourite creations using the makedo system! As part of  State of Design, makedo are creating a HUGE maze at Federation Square and they would love for you to be involved- places are limited, click here for all the details. Makedo have also offered a giveaway as part of their Guest Blog, just leave a comment between now and 10pm on Thursday to be in the draw to win a FreePlay Kit for Three!-Jenny x

What better way to kick off a week of makedo guest blogging than by introducing our very first, and bestest friend… Makedog.

Hello Makedog!

Made by Industrial Designer and makedo’s playful inventor PJ (Paul Justin), Makedog was the first-ever creation made using makedo’s reusable connectors and up-cycled materials (see him made here in our one-minute video). Ever since then… well, he’s kind of hung around.

Makedog embodies the playful creativity we hope makedo inspires in all who use it. He’s become our literal ‘poster child’ for just how easy it is transform boxes, tubes, plastic lids and the like into objects of play. He’s our loyal and trusty pal who’s always by our side…

Woof woof!

But after 3 years of shleping around with us, Makedog is adamant that he needs some friends of his own kind. So we’re putting the call-out for you to create a best friend for our best friend – whether he or she be Schnauzer, German Shepherd, Pug or Poodle!

We have made up these how-to instructions just for you that have never before been shared!  Follow our illustrated instructions below.

Happy making!

makedo x

by Jenny Butler
Monday 18th July 2011


  • Kate 5 years ago

    Oh my goodness my godsons Xavi and Rio would LOVE this for xmas please PICK ME!

  • Dusty Plum 5 years ago

    With a house full of children, cats and fish, I see this little guy as the ultimate dog :)

  • Luz 5 years ago

    I love the dog!!! I think this cardboard one will be perfect for our family!he doesn’t poop!;-)

  • erin 5 years ago

    Awesome idea! The play things can be broken down and re-made any number of times…Genius!

  • carmen 5 years ago

    This is genius. I think I would have more fun with this than my kids.

  • Jacqui Porter 5 years ago

    I love this stuff and so does my 5 year old. We have been saving boxes for months now I know why. Thanks

  • Christina 5 years ago

    What a brilliant design! & Makedog is so cute!

  • Simone 5 years ago

    My 5 year old is mad about making things out of anything that goes in the recycling bin (his version of a toy box) i have booked for sunday, and so looking forward to making the fort.

  • leah 5 years ago

    Awesome! My kids have always loved boxes and raiding the recycling box. Love hands on playing and creating!

  • c.m. 5 years ago

    too cool love the creative thought process behind this..my little man would love it anything to do with puppies and cardboard double wammy of happiness for him x

  • Kate Dickson-Battye 5 years ago

    Makedo looks HEAPS FUN! Will be checking in again for some more inspiration,
    What’s better than to recycle cardboard? RE-USE and RE-CREATE, the ultimate eco-toy,

  • Sam 5 years ago

    Oh my goodness – what a wonderful concept… I can feels some birthday presents coming on!

  • Kate 5 years ago

    My nephews are already keen re-users of boxes and containers but this would raise their creations to a new level where sticky tape just can’t go! A fantastic idea! I already always include a couple of rolls of sticky tape with their presents (as it drives their mother mad when they use hers up) but this would be better!

  • Tina Cerar 5 years ago

    How fantastic.
    My house is already full of creations made by my two boys. This kit will take it to the next level & then they can leave all my supplies alone!! I think its also great that the parts are reusable, as the ideas never stop coming !!!!

  • Liza 5 years ago

    great idea, my boys lil and big would love these! ! !

  • Jasmine 5 years ago

    What a fabulous idea, i would have loved these as a kid. ;)

  • Miss Scruffy 5 years ago

    Makedo is fantastic. We have a small set already – it is currently in use keeping a TARDIS together. We’d love some more!

  • hannah 5 years ago

    what a great product, my new go to for failsafe presents that make use of waste rather than creating it!

  • Catherine 5 years ago

    We absolutely love this product!!…bought a few as gifts for some friends last Christmas, we can highly recommend!

  • Mary 5 years ago

    I think this is such a clever idea; I love the fact that it helps kids recycle and be creative, and the fact that it is a system that can be used over and over again.

  • ruth hickson 5 years ago

    My kids will LOVE this, my 9yo is forever trying to make things out of recycled material – lately it has been a windmill!

  • Rachel 5 years ago

    My sister wrote off her car over the weekend (no injuries!) on telling my 2 yr old he said ‘i’ll make Auntie E a new one, with a steering wheel and paint’. I was planning to buy some Makedo this week to aid him in his project! It is so fabulous. Thanks for the blog.

  • Suzie 5 years ago

    I love Makedo and think it is a brilliant idea and product. I actually have a set hidden away for a special little boys birthday.

  • Rachael 5 years ago

    Brilliant. Keep putting more stuff in the craft box to use “one day”. Now this would be useful.

  • Emily 5 years ago

    How fabulous! I want a turn.

  • catherine 5 years ago

    We are on the look-out for a new “pet” right now – makedog looks perfect! I’ve loved giving Makedo sets to friends, and am excited that our daughter’s just about old enough to join the fun!

  • Brenda 5 years ago

    I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to make a Makedog!

  • Janet 5 years ago

    Fab idea!

  • Dan Lamond 5 years ago

    “When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles
    and the bottle’s on a poodle and the poodle’s eating noodles…
    …they call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle
    bottle paddle battle.” – Dr Suess

  • Jb 5 years ago

    Love it. Great Product!

  • Jodie Byass 5 years ago

    I love learning on new products from your blogs. This is by far one of my favorites. When I see Makedo, all I can think of is how much fun my son’s kinder group would have with this product. Creating things from boxes and recycled materials is such a big part of their program and I honestly think Makedo is the missing link. What a wonderful and creative and initiative product!!

  • Janette 5 years ago

    My kids would love this. What a clever idea.

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