Plug in your soldering iron to let it heat up while we prepare our components.
Each of the RGB LED strips come in a 1 meter length but every 10cm or so you will notice that you can cut the LED strip into segments and use it as a mini-strip. We will need to do this to make individual segments for our RainBoard. Cut each of the segments with a pair of medium sized wire cutters and it should separate just fine. Then we need to strip back the weather-proofing. A simple box cutter should do just fine, just make sure to remove enough to expose the leads of the LED strip (some strips do not have this weather-proofing, mine didn't). The next step is to break the pin headers into 4-piece segments to solder onto the RGB strip so we can insert them into our breadboard later. This is where the soldering iron comes into the play. Using your third hand (or alligator clips if you don't have one), clip the pin headers to the strip and solder the pins one by one onto the board. Make sure that when you do this that you solder the proper side! See image. Once all of this is done we are ready to move onto step 5.