Intro: Add LED to Your Costume
Very simple LED setup for your costume!
Step 1: Get Some Junk!
I did a "Walk for the Cure" for breast cancer awareness. My mom was winning the fight, so I wanted people to enjoy in the humor and love of life she kept through it all. The costume was just thrown together, but, it wasn't enough. So I added some lights!
A roll of LED lights off eBay, a simple trigger from RadioShack, some wire and a battery from my power drill. Plus a few zip ties, 2 blade connectors and some tape.
Step 2: Wires and Ties
Very simple wiring! It took more time trying to figure out how to run all the wires so I could put the switch in my hand and battery at my back. I went with the ribbon to symbolize cancer.
The battery was going to be attached to my belt behind me, so I made the lil plastic holder with zip ties to hold it in place. Blade type connectors made it easier to connect to the battery, and just twisting the wires and holding with hot glue (This wasn't going to be a permanent set up, so no need for the solder and all that).
Tape added to tame down the colors on the end (didn't need it glowing under my tutu...).
Last pic is just a quick flick of the palm held trigger.
Step 3: Take a Walk!
Here are just a few shots of people who wanted pics with me! The wiring was just held onto a shirt with regular masking tape. Trigger wire ran down my arm and into my hand. The "ribbon" was held onto my chest with tape as well. If you look at the top of the ribbon you will see where it was slightly faded, that's where the tape is!
LED is a great, easy, and versatile little element to work with and can add the extra hoorah to your costume. Have fun and thank you for reading!