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LED Christmas Tree Ornament Using Conductive Thread

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It's that fun filled holiday time again, which means all of the parents and teachers are bringing out the holiday craft projects.

One very common project for children (and adults) of all ages is the making of a Christmas tree ornament. While this pastime is often occupied by stringing up popcorn or making weird construction paper creations, it's also quite easy to make these projects high tech!

In this instructable I'm going to show you how to make a stuffed Christmas tree ornament for your Christmas tree. To make this fancy, we're going to add on some fun sewable LEDs and light them up with some conductive thread. I'll also show off a larger version that I made as a demo for some teaching friends of mine, as the process is pretty much the same.

This project is suitable for anyone who can use needle and thread. Even kids. If you have a different design in mind, go for it! I just picked a tree as I was in a tree kind of mood.

Cost: Low $5-10
Difficulty: Low
Time: 1 Hour Plus

 
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Step 1: Supplies

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If you have sewing supplies then you already have 90% of the gear needed. If not, go to any $1 Store and buy a travel sewing kit or two. That should give you most of the basics and keep the cost down.

The electronics parts can be found several places online. BrownDogGadgets.com, Etsy.com, and Sparkfun.com are places to start.

Electronics:
Conductive Thread
Sewable LEDs (Don't use regular LEDs as they're a massive pain to sew)
CR2032 Holder
CR2032 Battery

Sewing Supplies:
Colored Felt
Needles and Thread
Pins
Scissors
Stuffing (If you're making it 3D)
Ribbon or String for hanging

bitwiseOwl7 months ago
Cool project! What kind of sewable LEDs are those? Where do you get them?
JoshuaZimmerman (author)  bitwiseOwl7 months ago
I had them made up for me. I'm actually stocking up to start selling them on my website.
Cool! I'd like to try them out.
JoshuaZimmerman (author)  bitwiseOwl7 months ago
I wrote you a PM with my business email on it. Shoot me a message and we can work something out.
ChrysN7 months ago
Cute, I really like the card!
JoshuaZimmerman (author)  ChrysN7 months ago
It's more like a wall hanging. Way too big to be a card. Though you could easily make a smaller card version.
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