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In this tutorial we will show you how to make a paper house that lights up as it gets dark.  To do this we will use some Bare Paint, a battery, some standard LEDs, an LDR (light dependent resistor), a transistor and a 100K resistor. 

To help you complete this project we've made the components and template available to buy in the House Kit available from our shop at www.bareconductive.com.

Otherwise, you can check out the Components section of our House Tutorial to find out where you can get all the components to make these on your own!

At Bare Conductive, we love playing around with Paper Circuitry and enjoy sharing fun projects that we, or our community members have come up with so make sure you check out our website for more great projects!

Step 1: Materials you will need

Picture of Materials you will need
Scissors
Craft knife
Cutting mat
Wire snippers
Wire strippers
Metal ruler
Double sided tape
Masking tape
 
msesno6 days ago

Hey if you'd like to try LED tea lights they're like $1 from the dollar store it would be way easier, cheaper and you could either stick them to the roof or floor.

why you would make someone wire up a circuit is a bit much unless you have a niche market... you could sell the pre printed paper with a wire circuit on there already and all you have to do is plug in the battery. Just a thought

WalidM5 months ago

I made it . its so easy!

BenniGholami8 months ago

Haha! If only I could make my houses for sale on the same block light up in the same way! That's definitely going to create some interesting advertising for the properties under my management in Phuket Haha!

but i have three terminal in LDR.
Can we use a buzzer instead of led lights and using this circuit make a laser powered burglar alarm?
alice22 years ago
i want to make it but im nt quite sure that il get these transistors and resistors here.. .any substitutes?
BareConductive (author)  alice22 years ago
Hi Alice2,

If you go to the House Tutorial Page on our website you should be able to find all the links for the components to make the house. These will be listed under "components". For the US you should be able to source these from Jameco. The link is below:

http://www.bareconductive.com/light-up-paper-houses

Alternatively, you can buy the kit with all the items you need from our online store

http://www.bareconductive.com/store

Enjoy the making!

mydnite3 years ago
The pdf template here has the variable resistor in it, check out their website for the right template in the tutorial section or use the url below.

http://bareconductive.com/file/house-template
cool!
Kiteman3 years ago
If you decorate the inside, then the house will change character as it lights up - you could make a spooky night-light!
BareConductive (author)  Kiteman3 years ago

Hi Kiteman!

Thant's a great idea. We made one with two different color LEDs by accident once and it actually surprised us when the color changed as it got darker from blue, to orange, and finally pink as the combination of the two!! So many ways to customize this simple toy :)
Love it!