Introduction: Bat Light Up Staff (cheap!)
This is a project I did for my robotics class. I use these as wands or staffs, but they are made of yard decorations. I hope you enjoy, this is very easy to make!
Step 1: Parts List
So here's what you'll need for this project:
-blinking LED kit ($3 @ Fry's)
-hot glue gun
- 2 LED extender wires
- 2 Color Changing LEDs
-Bat Yard Decoration
-9 Volt Battery
Step 2: Soldering
Solder the LED kit together, but don't solder on the LEDs included. Instead, solder on the male-to-female extension wires. At the end of the wires, attach the color changing LEDs. The final product should look similar to the pictures.
Step 3: Test That It Works
Attach the 9 Volt battery to the battery connector on the kit. If you've done everything right, the LEDs should turn on and begin changing colors.
If the LEDs don't light up, first try flipping sides - you may have put the positive in the positive spot instead of the negative.
If it still doesn't work, check your soldering and your wires, and if fix any mistakes you find.
Step 4: Add the ON/OFF Switch
Cut a rectangle the size of the ON/OFF switch on the side of the yard decoration, and hot glue the switch in place.
Cut the black wire on the battery connector, and attack one end to the left side of the switch and the other to the right. You can make them stay via crimping or solder, or any other way you can think of.
After that, plug in the battery again and test the switch to make sure it works.
Step 5: Hot Glue the LEDs in Place.
Cut holes for the eyes of the bat and shove the LEDs through - make sure they fit snugly. Then, hot glue the LEDs to the inside of the bat. If you want, you can hot glue the ends of the LEDs to the wire extensions to make sure they don't fall out.
Step 6: Tape It Down
Move the battery so that its plugged in and sitting in the chest of the bat. Put the kit on top of it, and move the battery wire to a spot it can fit without disrupting the battery or the ON/OFF switch.
After that, tape it all down with masking tape. Arrange it so it can't be seen from the front.
For the LED extension wires, put them where they can fit. If they can be put in the neck/handle of the bat, put them there and tape them down with black electrical tape so it blends in.
Step 7: Done!
Congrats, you did it! I hope you enjoy your new bat yard decoration/cool staff!