Introduction: Light-Up Chipboard Robot Toy
Make this chipboard robot light up when you find his secret tickle buttons. (psst..... they are under his armpits. Tee hee!)
In this project, you'll build a simple circuit with Maker Tape, an LED, and a coin cell battery.
- 2 sheets of medium weight chipboard
- Brass Paper Fasteners
- Maker Tape
- A Yellow Straw Hat LED
- CR1616 Coin Cell Battery
- Clear Tape
- White Glue
- Gold and Silver Paint
- Black Sharpie Marker
I hope you will enjoy this tutorial!
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Step 1: Draw the Robot
On the chipboard, draw simple shapes with a black marker to make a robot. Most robot shapes are simple squares, triangles, and circles, so experiment and make your robot unique!
Step 2: Cut Out the Shapes
Cut out all of the shapes with a craft knife. Go over the edges with the black marker to make them look finished.
Step 3: Attach the Arms With Paper Fasteners
Use a hole punch or sharp point to poke a hole in the arms and body, and connect the two with paper fasteners.
Step 4: Glue the Parts Together
Glue the remaining parts together with tacky glue. Let it dry.
Step 5: Paint the Accents
Paint the accents with gold and silver paint.
Step 6: Place the LED
Poke two holes in the center of the body and place the LED through.
Step 7: More Paint
Paint the area around the LED to reflect its shine. Let it dry.
Step 8: Lay Out the Circuit With Maker Tape
Create the circuit on the back as shown:
- Put regular tape over the paper fasteners to prevent them from shorting out the circuit.
- Add maker tape to the negative (shorter) leg of the LED.
- Place the battery on top, negative side down, then place maker tape over it.
- Continue laying the maker tape as shown.
Step 9: Create the Switches
Tape paper flaps (with a piece of Maker Tape inside and the edges folded over) under each armpit to close the switch.
Step 10: Light It Up!
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