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Paper craft is a lot of fun, I particularly like the models that move.  I wanted to try my hand at making my own movable model.  When I came up with the idea of making Harry Potter with a moving arm it occurred to me that it could be even better if I incorporated an LED into the wand.  So as he raises his arm to cast a spell the tip of his wand lights up. 

The arm is moved using a lever in the back and the wand is lit up with a 3mm LED.  As the lever is pushed in it strikes the inside surface closing the circuit, thus turning on the light.  I used conductive fabric for the contact points of the switch and conductive thread running between the LED, switch and battery.  Alternatively, you could use conductive paint, tape or regular wire.  The template is available in the next step as a pdf file, print full size on 8 1/2 by 11 (Letter) card stock.

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Step 1: What you will need

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Paper model:
  • Scissors/utility knife
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Papercraft model pdf (see below)
  • Cardstock and printer

Step 2: Cut

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  • Begin by cutting out each of the pieces from the template. 
  • Arms: cut slots along the dotted line, there are two on the right (wand) arm and one on the left. 
  • Head: cut the two side slots on the bottom flap as well as the one at the base of the back of the neck, follow the dotted lines.
  • Torso:  Cut along the dotted lines -two slots on the top and one at the back.  Cut out the circle, and the curved slot on the side.
  • Connecting pieces:  fold the connecting pieces in half and cut along the dotted line part way down from the top and up from the bottom.
RyleeM3101 year ago
You all are nerds
ChrysN (author)  RyleeM3101 year ago


I love this!!!
ChrysN (author)  cdawisconsin1 year ago
rware11 year ago
Great job by the way :) love it! Tilt switches are fairly straight forward, but if you have any questions about them I'd be glad to try and help :)
ChrysN (author)  rware11 year ago
This was loads of fun to play with at Maker Faire, and it looks even better with the wand light action!
ChrysN (author)  mikeasaurus1 year ago
Thanks, I managed to get it to work!
Oh.. I just love it :) You are awesome in creating tiny things with lights, I always remember your crochet Gandalf :). Thank you for sharing your awesomeness :)
ChrysN (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
rware11 year ago
You might like to look at tilt switches for the led, it would work well with this movable model.
ChrysN (author)  rware11 year ago
Great idea, I didn't think of that.
Kiteman1 year ago
This is great.

A tip for coloured paper models like this - run a coloured marker along the cut edges to camouflage joins like those in his hair.
ChrysN (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
Thank you, that is a great tip!
grimguy11 year ago
I love Harry Potter
And I noticed that you are a vegetarian :). You might want to check out my food projects, I hope you will find some good vegetarian recipes :)