Introduction: DIY Book Light

This is a guide on how to create a book light so that you can have an easy flashlight for when you want to read at night or in a fort!


  • 3 popsicle sticks
  • 2 paper clips
  • LED light
  • 3V Battery
  • Tape
  • A bit of scrap paper

Step 1: Straighten Your Paper Clips.

The first step in making a book light is to straighten two paper clips. If you have a plastic covering like me, you will also have to cut off part of the plastic so that the metal is exposed.

Step 2: Tape the Paper Clips to Each Leg of the LED Light.

Now we will connect the paper clips to each leg of the LED light. The important part of this step is that the metal from both the paper clip and the leg of the LED light are touching so that the electricity can move from the paper clip to the LED light. To make sure they are touching, I folded the sticky part of the tape onto itself and pressed the metal together. After connecting the paper clips with the legs of the LED light, use the battery to check whether the light turns on or not. To do this, place the end of the paper clips of either side of the battery.

If that doesn't work, flip the battery so the positive and negative sides are touching the opposite paper clip from before.

If it still doesn't work, make sure that each paper clip and leg of the LED light are actually touching.

Note if you are using paper clips without a plastic covering, you will need to cover one of the paper clips with masking tape so that it won't short-circuit if the two paper clips touch.

Step 3: Tape the Three Popsicle Sticks Together to Create a Board.

In this step, simply tape the popsicle stick as shown in the photo.

Step 4: Attach the Copper Tape and the Battery.

From the board we just made with popsicle sticks, place a piece of copper tape (about 3/4 of the popsicle long) going longways onto the board. Then place the battery with the positive side up in the side of the board. The rough side of the battery should be touching the copper tape we just placed.

Now, we will place the other piece of copper tape. Going parallel (the same direction) to the other piece of copper tape, place the copper tape on the board going over the positive side of our battery so both of our pieces of copper tape are touching each side of the battery.

Step 5: Tape the Light to the Board.

Before you tape the light to the board, make sure that it lights up by pressing the metal of each of the paper clips to each piece of copper tape. If it doesn't light up, then switch which paper clip touches which piece of copper tape.

Once you have gotten it to light up, tape it like that to the board.

Step 6: Create a Button for the Book Light.

To create a button for the book light, take a small piece of scratch paper and fold it into a small rectangle. Then place it under the battery where there is no copper tape. Then place tape over the battery to hold it all together.

When you press the battery without the paper under it, it should connect the copper tape and battery to make the LED light up.

Step 7: Bend the Paper Clips Over.

Finally, bend the paper clips over so that the button is on the opposite side. Now you have your finished book light!


  • Tape the two paper clips so it looks like one wire.
  • Decorate the board.
  • Make a fort to read in!