Introduction: Shield Model With LED Lights

This project is a model of a shield with LED lights to shine. I did this project since I really liked the design of this shield and thought it was cool to make this model for my project. This shield was inspired a character in a game called League Of Legends. The character is called Leona and this shield is inspired from her Lunar Eclipse skin. The shield has three parts. The top part with the transparent paper, the middle piece (the biggest piece of the template), and the bottom part where the Arduino circuit board is located.


- Arduino Leonardo

- Breadboard

- 4 White LED

- 4 100 ohm resistors

- 1 10k ohm resistor

- Jumper Wires (Male to Female, and Male to Male)

- 1 Simple Button

- Lots of cardboard

- Hot Glue Gun

- White Glue

- Normal A4 paper

- Paint

- Transparent Paper

Step 1: Cut Out Basic Template

First of all, we want to cut out the basic template of the shield. The shield is two layers with small pieces to add more detail. The shield's dimension is up to you if you want to recreate this yourself. I did not make the project too big. The dimensions I used are up in the pictures.

Step 2: Paper Mache

The next step is to add paper mache onto the template of the design. This step is optional. The only purpose of adding this layer of paper onto the cardboard is to harden the cardboard and make the painting process a lot easier. The paper glued on to the cardboard allows the paint to better coat the design. The proportion is 4 part white glue and 6 part hot water. You want to mix the mixture really well so that you can rip your A4 paper into small pieces and apply them onto the cardboard. You want to get an optimal of at least 2 to 3 layers to get the best effects.

Step 3: Assemble + Painting

After you finished the applying the paper mache layer, or maybe you did not, you want to assemble all the pieces together and start painting. The glue I found to be the best was to use hot glue. It is easy to apply and also sticks well. For the painting part, the main colors were black, gray, and purple. For the top layer of the shield, I recommend the use of a smaller paint brush since there are many nooks and crannies. For the larger part at the bottom just use a bigger paintbrush to cover the amount of area with paint quickly.

Step 4: Assembling the Circuit Board - Part 1 - LED Lights

This is the second part of this project. The LED Light parts. The circuit board might seem a bit messy and overwhelming, but it is actually very simple. The main thing you want is to connect the LED lights onto the circuit board as shown from above. You will want to use one 100 ohm resistors for each LED light.Somethings to keep in mind is that we will want to use male to female jumper wires to extend the LED lights since we want to install them onto the shield. Another thing to keep in mind is that connect the GND to the negative slot, not the positive slot. If you do so, it might cause damage to your Arduino circuit board.

Step 5: Assembling the Circuit Board - Part 2 - Push Button

This is the second part of assembling the circuit board. First we have already finish plugging all the LED lights and now we need to install a push button which will activate these LED lights. To let you guys understand how to assemble it easier, I separated the color of the wires from the LED lights and the button. For the button part, the jumper wires are yellow and for the LED lights, the jumper wires are green. For the push button, we will be needing a different type of resistor. The resistor is different from the ones for the LED lights. The resistor you will be needing is the 10k ohm.

Step 6: Code

After assembling the circuit board, install the code into the Arduino.

You can find the code here:

Step 7: Add Finishing Touches

After finishing the circuit board and gluing everything together, then you want to add a few more details. Some of these details are adding a strip of cardboard on the bottom for the handle for the shield. Also, I used a power bank to provide power to the circuit board. I also used tape to secure the jumper wires.

Step 8: Completed

You have now completed the entire project.

Here is a video of the completed project.