Introduction: 4th of July Led Party Lights!

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Ok so if your like me you like little trinkets and things that light up then here is a simple and cheap idea for some need and universal led lights. Well in this tutorial Im going to show you a classic "throw led light" as seen in movies and a hundred times online. But hey you cant go wrong with these fun and cheap things.

Step 1: Parts and Tools

Your going to need some led lights. Lets be festive and use red white and blue LED lights, but you are not limited to these colors! You are also going to need some tape (I used electrical tape) and some scissors to cut the tape. Oh and don't forget about the batteries, I used some 3v watch style batteries I got at my local Steve's Wholesale Tools store but you can find them for cheap at Dollar Tree or walmart. ( I used 3v batteries because most led lights need at least 3v and 3v is not powerful enough to blow typical led lights) You may also want some balloons and small magnets. In total I spent a whopping 4$ and was able to make 20 of these. It really just depends on the price of the batteries! Oh and one thing to consider is buying in bulk saves a ton!!!

Step 2: How to Set Them Up!

First take the tape and cut you a piece off (makes it easer to tape later) and put it on your finger or table (where you can get it off). Then take your 3volt battery and find the + side (typically the shiny side) and take your LED light and find the + side which is the longer lead of the bulb. Slide the LED bulb onto the battery matching the + side on the bulb with the + side on the battery. The LED light should light up when you pinch the leads to the battery. If it does not light up just simply reverse the LED bulb and try again. Next apply pressure to the battery and led bulb leads and tape them together so the led light will stay on! The possibilities are endless with this simple design, you can put them in balloons and light them up or you can put some magnets on then and stick them places or throw them in your vases (they wont short out in water, I just don't advise you touch the water or put them in your drinks as you don't wanna swallow them... but at this low current and low voltage it isn't a threat to humans.) or you can drop them in decorative glasses to provide some cool light fixtures... You never know, Your mom might wanna put them in her candle holders in place of tea lights... I made some the other day (2 days ago) and they are still lit up so don't worry about the length of time they will run and you can always make more or replace the batteries if need be! For more diy and cool projects be sure to visit my website at