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
Time: 1 Hour Plus
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.
Sewable LEDs: Red, Green, Amber
Needles and Thread
Stuffing (If you're making it 3D)
Ribbon or String for hanging