This instructable is for solar powered Owl with amber LEDs for eyes. It measures about 2" by 1.25", including the USB tab. It has one hole through the top of the board, making hanging easy. Wear it as a necklace, earrings, bond on a pin, or hang it in a window. The possibilities are up to you, and we'd love to see what you do with them.

The schematic and parts list are included. You are welcome to wire up your own, copying is the sincerest form of flattery. We also have the kit available in our Store.

If you have soldered projects before, this will be easy. There are only 19 pieces to solder onto the board, and all but one is through hole. Depending on your soldering savvy it may take anywhere from 30 to 45 min.

So lets begin!

Owl Kit01.mp4 from Robin Lawson on Vimeo.

Step 1: Tools

Here's what you need:

A soldering iron
Diagonal cutters

Helping hands are optional, but helpful.

<p>Nice kit, just built one (12/12/2014). What's the reason for doing surface mount soldering on most of the parts? Many of them appear to be through-hole with plated holes on the bottom. Would be much easier to solder on the bottom.</p>
​An additional reason to solder from the top is that bending the leads to hold the parts in while soldering makes it FAR harder to pull out mis-placed parts. Also, assembly goes faster when you're not constantly flipping the board over.
<p>Thanks! You can certainly solder most of them on the bottom. However they may fall out when the board is flipped over as not all of the parts are tight in the holes. This may cause frustration or losing parts, so we recommend soldering on the top. </p>

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Bio: We’re life-long tinkerers, siblings, and fourth generation engineers. We’re not quite sure which of us had the idea of putting LED’s on ... More »
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