Breadboard is a great way to construct electronic projects easily and in less time without the need of soldering. A problem that is faced by beginners in the field of electronics is that they cannot solder the components neatly on printed circuit boards. One bad solder joint can lead to the project not working. When the project does not work, they eventually loose their confidence and cease to continue making projects. Before attempting another project, they have to think twice. Another problem faced by them is that if they try to solder and make a project, it does not work because of poor soldering or the circuit that was taken from a book or magazine lacked instructions or it was wrong. Now after spending a lot of time on making it, what they have to face is dissapointment.

This instructable gives a walkthrough of ten projects that can be made easily on a standard size breadboard thus solving the problem of hobbyists. Each projects is followed by a schematic, a breadboard layout, complete description with instructions, parts list and the difficulty level. The difficulty level increases as you make each project. Before making the projects a description of breadboard as well as electronic components is given which gives a complete understanding to beginners. All the projects are tested before they were added and all of them work.

It feels good sometimes to make something apart from arduino, microcontrollers and explore the world of digital and analog circuits. All the projects do not use any microcontrollers thus making them non programmable. The parts can be easily obtained and are cheap. All the circuits were picked from internet, books and magazines but most of the projects were taken from Talking Electronics (A special thanks to Colin Mitchell for his projects). All the schematics and breadboard layouts were made using Fritzing library.The Projects can be modified to use them in a different and better way and to use them for other applications.

Update: Corrections have been made in schematics and breadboard layouts.

Here is a list of all the projects in the correct order:

  1. Musical Bell
  2. IR Remote Tester
  3. Static Electricity Detector
  4. Ticking Bomb
  5. The Fading LED
  6. Light Activated LED
  7. Dark Activated LED
  8. LED Dimmer
  9. Single Chip Electronic Dice
  10. Manual Counter

Here is a video of all the projects WORKING!

Update 2: Added a video of Project 1- Musical Bell. Rest of them will be added soon.

Update 3: Added a video for Project 2- IR Remote Tester:

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Step 1: Update: 5 More BreadBoard Projects for Beginners

Published on 6th September: Let's Make! 5 More BreadBoard Projects For Beginners

After crossing 300K views, receiving tons of positive feedback and a lot of people recommending to post more such projects, I decided to post one more instructable on BreadBoard Projects For Beginners. This one follows the same concept, just that it has 5 projects instead of 10. It was a lot of trouble selecting the best of simple circuits, and due to shortage of time I limited this one to just 5. I will surely try posting one more such I'ble.

The following projects have been presented:


Here's a video of all the projects in action:

<p>I built the ticking time bomb. I got 2 ticks when i attached the battery but then it went silent. This happens every time I connect the battery. What can I do to troubleshoot?</p>
Can someone tell me the written step-by-step procedure. Please!
<p>Great job!</p>
Here transistor acts as switch or amplifier??
<p>Can you buy all of this equipment at once in some sort of kit so you don't have to go messing around looking over the web? In other words, can you buy all the equipment in a kit?</p>
Go to your local technology store
<p>There are many sites like http://www.electroncomponents.com/ or https://www.electronicscomp.com/cart where you can order each parts, which are cheap</p>
<p>Our circuit didnt work with a common anode 7-segment display. Dos it require a common cathod display?</p>
Yes. You need common cathode seven segment display. Otherwise it won't work or display utter martian gibberish.
Can anyone tell me of an alternative to the 4026 and 4060 my supplier doesn't stock them
I am absolutely thrilled to have found this. you have helped me plan a months worth of electronic lessons for my class!
<p>What do we need the transistor for?</p>
<p>the only power source is the battery right?</p>
<p>What would be the cost of buying all these?</p>
Can someone help me? I tried the electronic dice project and did exactly as the picture showed except that the switch i have is 2 legged and it won't fit anywhere. I tried but the Leds won't randomly light up. I have to submit my project tomorrow and there's noone to help.
<p>these circuits work great.i like the stati eletricity the most.imade it but i used a 100k resistor instead of 1m resistor as it is not available </p>
<p>thanks a lot...please do more of these types of circuits...its truly encouraging... i will try this at my home for sure</p>
<p>We combined project 4 (555 astable https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/555_timer_IC#Astable ) with project 10 so that the astable output feeds the input of the 4026 counter. This makes an automatic counter. Here is a video: https://youtu.be/08WFosaUybQ</p>
your instructable is encouraging . thank you for sharing this
Made the static electricity sensor. Thanks
<p>Hey, nice projects! Good work! Keep posting. Btw.. you have a nice pliers (skil). I tried searching for the same one , couldn't find it. Can you share the link for buying this particular model of pliers online ? I am from India. Thanks.</p>
<p>Nice! =D</p>
<p>For project 6 and 7 </p>
<p>Pretty nice job on this instructable. In step 8: project 3: static electricity detector, your first image shows at top left that you are jumpering the + bus from the bottom to what is intended to be the - bus on top using the red wire, and the opposite with the black wire. It appears that your circuit would still work, as your battery also connects backwards from this convention, but the red and blue pin stripe along the buses of the breadboard are supposed to tell you for which polarity to use each bus.</p>
<p>Excellent presentation and projects but you need a spellchecker (human or computer). This is an example:</p><p>&quot;(10) Seven Segment Display:</p><p>A seven segment display is a device that is used to display digits and letters. It has usually a series of seven leds put in a certain<strong> odder</strong> to form an 8.&quot;</p><p>It should be &quot;<strong>order</strong>&quot;. And the display shows an &quot;8&quot; but the order is to allow all ten numeric digits (and some letters) to be displayed by illuminating the needed segments.</p><p>Raymond</p>
<p>This instuctable is really good.Really liked the dice and the counter circuit.Can you please tell me where I can learn in depth about the 555 ic.</p>
<p>hi. this is quite a good post about it https://www.instructables.com/id/555-Timer/</p>
<p>I really liked this. Im a novice when it comes to soldering. and yep its not easy yet.Excellent projects for beginners like me, but need to know where the little wires go on breadboard and how the rest ties in to that board,other words what it looks like on underside of breadboard when all is complete. thank you for showing us this!!!</p>
In project 1 with the led and resister, the fritzing pictures show a 220 oum resister.
<p>To make the circuit more sensitive, remove the 100k and put 10k across the LDR. </p>
<p>4k7 will not turn the 555 off. It has to be 2k7. </p>
My first ever self made project : &quot;Dark activated LED&quot; (using 2 BC547) &amp; it took 2 hrs bt I was very glad that I did it. <br>My 2nd project : Static Electricity detector just in less than 30 mins but the amazing thing u can see below is that, I used an LDR (in dark) instead of 1M ohm resistor bcz I haven't that &amp; got the nearby resistance value by adjusting the darkness. &amp; the proje woproject worked... <br>Thanks &quot;instructables&quot; <br>Provide me more such projects &amp; publish them in a little more detail.
My first ever self made project &quot;Dark activated LED using two BC547&quot; (in 2 hrs) <br>My 2nd self made project &quot;Static Electricity detector&quot; which I found on this site (just in less than 30 mins) but the amazing thing u can see in the following pic is that, I used an LDR (in dark) instead of 1M ohm resistor bcz I haven't that &amp; adjusted the darkness to get nearby resistance.. Ooo yes! <br>Thanks &quot;instructables&quot;... Add more such projects &amp; explain each in a little more details..
<p>The static electricity detector project was great! it would be really nice if you could explain its working in detail too!</p>
thank you very much for these project's ..... I made ticking bomb and musical alarm. ..<br>:-D :-) ....<br>im looking for more projects<br>thanks.
This looks great! Well done :)
<p>hello,</p><p>Nice projects.</p><p>But what should i do if i want to go into details of understanding circuits?</p>
thank u
<p>i want to Make Musical Alarm ,,, plz help me by send the Intrument and diagram . thanks.</p>
Please check step 6. All the details and schematic is given there.
<p>Hello,</p><p>Nice projects but can you tell how to use the 4060, 4026 ic, what are its pins and what they do.</p><p>Thanks.</p>
What is the best website ? I can't find one that has some of these parts
<p>Here are the <strong>10 breadboard Projects For Beginners</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.easyhackingtricks.com/breadboard-projects-beginners/" rel="nofollow">http://www.easyhackingtricks.com/breadboard-projec...</a></p>
<p>puedes pasar los circuitos esquematicos -- circuit esqematic</p>
<p>I made the manual counter which i needed the most. Instructions are really good and easy. </p>
<p>Hello, </p><p>Is the origonal circuit designed for a common anode or common cathode 7-segmant display?</p>
<p>I used SP5503 HI-LITE 7 segment display.</p>
<p>It's the common cathode one.</p><p><a href="http://www.alldatasheet.com/view.jsp?Searchword=SP5503" rel="nofollow">http://www.alldatasheet.com/view.jsp?Searchword=SP...</a></p><p>Here's the datasheet, if it may help you.</p>

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