Instructables

LED Christmas Tree Ornament Using Conductive Thread

FeaturedContest Winner
Picture of LED Christmas Tree Ornament Using Conductive Thread
sewing44.jpg
sewing28.jpg

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

 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Supplies

Picture of Supplies
sew06.jpg
sewing24.jpg

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: Red, Green, Amber
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

bitwiseOwl1 year ago
Cool project! What kind of sewable LEDs are those? Where do you get them?
JoshuaZimmerman (author)  bitwiseOwl1 year 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)  bitwiseOwl1 year ago
I wrote you a PM with my business email on it. Shoot me a message and we can work something out.
ChrysN1 year ago
Cute, I really like the card!
JoshuaZimmerman (author)  ChrysN1 year ago
It's more like a wall hanging. Way too big to be a card. Though you could easily make a smaller card version.