When I saw the LED projects on Instructables starting to pop up I figured hmmm:  Red LED + brown fur covered wire (pipe cleaner) =  Rudolf!

So I scrounged my junk project drawer found some LEDs, a battery clip (with a still functioning flat battery), my stack of pipe cleaners from previous crafts and my soldering supplies... I was off...

Step 1: Battery Pack...

The first thing to check is to see if the battery was strong enough to power the LED using a full pipe cleaner as a wire.  I connected the battery to the pipe cleaner then to the LED. The LED lit up so I know this would work!

I figured the battery would be placed in the body and of course the red LED at the nose. So I started bending the pipe cleaner starting at the nose going around to the back. I needed it big enough to cover the battery pack and have the head somewhat proportional to the LED nose. At the point where the pipe cleaner reached the battery I cut it so there was enough to reach back to the bottom of the nose. I would be using a separate pipe cleaner for the legs and the antlers so it looked like it would be just enough.

Using my soldering iron I burnt off the fuzz of the pipe cleaner at the ends I needed to solder. I then soldered the pipe cleaner to the battery case leads.
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Wow luv it its so easy to make and it's just so cool
You should try adding a button or a pipe cleaner switch.
Wicked idea. Cute as a button! How hot do the wires get though? I guess not too hot beside the window but, I wonder about other warmer areas with no draft.
As far as I can tell there is no heating up of the wire at all. I had them sitting on top of my TV for a month and did not notice any warmth at all when I touched them. Mabe the pipe cleaner fur acts as a heat sink? :-)
That's cool then. The TV top is probably one of the warmer spots of a house. I guess the LEDs don't pull enough power to heat things up, I'm not very electronic savvy but next Christmas, I think I know what everyone I know is getting. Haha.
very cool!

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