Light-Up Chipboard Robot Toy




Introduction: Light-Up Chipboard Robot Toy

About: Technology Should Be Chic. Tech-Crafter, Maker, Educator, Designer of TechnoChic DIY Tech-Craft Kits

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.


  1. 2 sheets of medium weight chipboard
  2. Brass Paper Fasteners
  3. Maker Tape
  4. A Yellow Straw Hat LED
  5. CR1616 Coin Cell Battery
  6. Clear Tape
  7. White Glue
  8. Gold and Silver Paint
  9. 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:

  1. Put regular tape over the paper fasteners to prevent them from shorting out the circuit.
  2. Add maker tape to the negative (shorter) leg of the LED.
  3. Place the battery on top, negative side down, then place maker tape over it.
  4. 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!

When both armpits are tickled, the robot’s LED lights up!

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    11 days ago

    Very cute and innovative idea


    Reply 11 days ago

    Thank you! :)


    15 days ago

    I've tried to log out and in again,
    but that didn't work so far.
    So I'm very happy that you attached the PDF,
    thanx a lot!
    Greetz, Peter


    17 days ago on Introduction

    I tried to download the PDF, but get an error (you must be logged in...).
    That's strange, because other PDF's seem to work well.
    Can you tell me what went wrong?

    Greetz, Peter


    Best Answer 17 days ago

    It might have been a bug on our end! Sometimes logging out and then back in fixes it, if you hit it again. :)

    I've attached the PDF for you!