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Picture of Grow Your Own Color Changing LED Plant!
In this Instructable I will teach you how to grow your very own LED plant from simple materials!
 
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Step 1: Gathering Materials

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There are a few items that you will need to make this project but overall they are cheap and easy to find.

Materials

-Mini Flowerpot ~ $1
-Enough Marbles to fill the flowerpot ~ $1-2
-10 20 Gauge Florist Stem Wire ~$2
-Brown Florist Stem Tape ~ $2
-Wire, I used 24 Gauge ~ $?
-10 5mm RGB Slow Color Changing LEDs With Free Resistors ~ $10
-DC 12v Converter ~ $? Found an old one around the house

Tools

-Soldering Iron
-Solder
-Wire Snips
-Drill
-1/8" Drill Bit

Step 2: Preparing for Growing Branches.

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This step will describe how to prepare the materials for stem building

1. Firstly we need to randomly cut the 10 stem wires down to whatever sizes you want. These will be used to form and support the branches of the plant.

2. Next, cut matching strips of wire (one negative, one positive) for each matching stem wire but make sure to leave a few inches extra than the stem wire for soldering and such.

Step 3: Preparing The Buds, Or LEDs

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This will describe how to wire the LEDs with there resistors and with the wire you just cut.

1. Wire up 10 Color Changing LEDs with the resistors supplied with the pack you bought. Make sure to attach the resistors to the positive leads of the LEDs which is the longer lead.

2. Wire the LEDs with resistors to the strips of wire you cut for the stems. Make sure to match up the leg of the led with the resistor to the positive wire that you cut for the stems and vise versa for the negatives.
Mr. TiKi6 years ago
Nice idea man +1
Awesome Instructable. The photos are amazing, the idea is great, just awesome. +1 rating. (added to favorites)
pilotpack (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
WOW, Thanks Man!
pyro136 years ago
wow, nice instructable!!!
Brennn106 years ago
Sweet, this looks like something out of a sci-fi movie!
Wow This is really cool! I would use 10 mm LEDS though.
yeah, what he said
he said to use 10 , 5 mm i believe unless he missed something. Then he linked to 3mm.
pilotpack (author)  joejoerowley6 years ago
Sorry, I meant to link it to a 5mm pack, I will fix it right after I post this message. Thanks for the heads up!
Sure.