Introduction: DIY Arduino and Breadboard Jumper Cables From Scrap Electronics

About: Maker, hacker, DIY guy who is really good at improvising. In case of apocalypse, i will be weapon maker! :D

This is my first instructable and here i'll show you how to make breadboard jumper cable out of some scrap electronics that you can find anywhere (in old printers, telephones, computers etc.). It's easy, cheap and affordable to anyone, and you'll recycle old stuff instead of just throwing them...

Step 1: Tools and Materials

From materials you need:

-Old scrap electronic boards (in this instructable I'll use old computer motherboard)

-Jumper cables from various devices (printers, telephones...look for smd electronics, I'm sure you'll find what you need)

-Heatshrink tubes (mine was 2.0mm, they are smallest that you can find, i think)

-Soldering flux and solder

From tools you need:

-Soldering iron

-Small screwdriver


-wire cutter, pocket knife...

Step 2: Female Ending (if You Dont Need It, Just Ignore This Step)

First, you must remove female jumper pins from plastic housing, for that you'll need small screwdriver or sharp pocket knife, gentle press tin contact trough hole, untill you bend small tooth that hold it in housing...or lift small plastic tooth that hold pins in housing, its all depend on wich type of jumper you find, after you done that, pins will just pop out of housing...just look at pictures, you'll figure out. DO NOT CUT WIRES FROM PINS.

Step 3: Male Jumper Pins

You'll find it on old motherboards and pcb's, you'll just need to look..after you find them, first remove plastic holder that hold them toghether, untill you have just pins on board, but be carefull, you dont want bended pins. When you remove plastic holder, you can desolder them from motherboard easily

Step 4: Making Jumper Cable Male End

Firstly, you'll need to remove plastic from end of a wire, about 5-6mm, then wrap cable around desodered pin you desoldered from motherboard, apply some flux and solder them again for cable witch other end has female end. When you done that, cut some piece of heatshirnk tube, and apply it for that end.

Step 5: Secure Female End of Jumper

Put female pins on board, like is shown on picture, than put heatshirnk tube and heat it untill is wrapped around must firstly connect them toghether, because male pin will prevent heatshrink tube to hold it too tight...

Step 6: Final Product

CONGRULATIONS! You make your first DIY jumper cable, you can experiment with both male or both female endings, depend on your needing...thanks for reading this instructable, and sorry for my bad english, i'm hoping you'll understand this :))