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.
Step 1: What you will need
- Scissors/utility knife
- Papercraft model pdf (see below)
- Cardstock and printer