You can use the provided template or venture off on your own by designing custom shapes and forms.
Before you go to your local electronics store, there are a few things you need to know about LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes). LEDs are tiny lights that emit a bright light while consuming very little power. The reason they're so cool is that we can run them off of small batteries.
A typical LED has two leads (legs) one shorter than the other. Just like batteries, LEDs have a positive and negative side (or lead). The shorter lead is typically the negative while the longer lead is the positive. In order for the LED to light up, the positive lead must be connected to the positive side of your battery while the negative lead to the negative side of the battery in order for the LED to light up. If you reverse it, it simple won't work.
Grab your 3V lithium battery and try it out. Touch the longer LED lead to the positive side of the battery and shorter to the negative side of your battery. Your LED should light up! It's really that simple.
Now that you know how a simple LED circuit works, let's start crafting.
Step 1: What You'll Need:
1 x metallic snap
1 x jump hoop
1 x 5" x 5" square of 1/4" industrial felt
1 x 3-5 mm LED
1 x 3V coin cell battery
1 x sewing needle
1 x needle threader (optional)
Industrial Felt (or other thick material)
Needle nose pliers
Hot glue gun
Template: DownloadDownload the template
Step 2: Creating the Form
Step 3: Sewing the Circuit - Part One
2. Using a sewing needle, pierce the felt where you want to place the leads of the LED.
Step 4: Sewing the Circuit - Part Two
4. Using needle nose pliers, curl the negative LED lead (the shorter one) into a loop. This will make it easier for you to sew the LED onto the felt. Mark it with a black marker to help you distinguish the negative lead from the positive.
5. Repeat for the positive lead. Dont mark the positive lead with a marker.
Step 5: Sewing the Circuit - Part Three
7. Using conductive thread, securely sew the negative lead to the felt, looping the thread around the lead several times. Then, using the same thread, sew a path to either the top or bottom of the battery slit, looping the thread several times to create a good contact point for the battery. This will be the negative contact for the battery.
Step 6: Sewing the Circuit - Part Four
9. Grab the male end of the snap and sew it securely onto the felt at end of the positive conductive path.
10. Using another piece of conductive thread, loop the thread several times around the battery slit that has not yet been sewn. This will be the positive contact for the battery.
Step 7: Sewing the Circuit - Part Five
11. Using the same thread, continue sewing a path toward the male snap, leaving a 1/4 gap between the two paths.
12. Grab the female end of the snap. Leaving 1 of loose thread, secure the snap to the end of the conductive thread. The female snap should not be sewn onto the felt. The snap will function as the switch.
Step 8: Finishing Touches
14. Grab the battery and slip it into the battery slit accordingly with the positive side of the battery connecting with the positive contact and negative side with the negative contact. Your LED decoration should light up!
15. Using hot glue, add a dab of glue to wings and insert them into the wing slots.
16. Using a sewing needle, once again pierce the felt where you want to place the jump ring. Slip the jump ring through the felt and add a thin ribbon to hang the ornament.
Congrats! You're LED Dove decoration is complete!