How to Make Jumper Wires




Hello! This is my first Instructable!

You need jumper wires? Your local shop doesn't sell them? You don't want to wait the mail order to arrive? So make them yourself!
Step-by-step instructions how to make male-female jumper wires.

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Step 1: Gather Up All the Parts

First, gather up all the parts:
- Some heat shrink
- Some wire
- Wire cutters
- Soldering iron
- Male header pins

Step 2: Strip Wire

So do like I did:
Strip a bit out of the wire with wire cutters.
Then strip longer part out of the other head.

Step 3: Bend the Longer Head

So now bend the longer head so it touches the rubber.
Make sure you bend the right head!
It should look like this.

Step 4: Insert the Heat Shrink

So now carefully:
Insert the heat shrink so it goes bit out of wire's head which touches the rubber.
You should not see it anymore.
Then carefully heat it with soldering iron from the other head. (Look the picture!)

Step 5: Heat the Other Head

And now put the wire from the heat shrink head to the male header pin.
Then carefully heat the heat shrink with soldering iron. (Again, look at the picture)
Then, finally, it's READY!

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    8 Discussions

    USS Sandhu

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Hi there, great post, and exactly what I was looking for. I need jumper wires, but I need them to be 10 feet long. I'm connecting one end to an LED strip, and the other end to a Raspberry Pi in the next room.

    Any suggestions on the type of wire I should buy?

    Thanks much,

    2 replies
    BotFINUSS Sandhu

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Hi! Use one threaded copper wire, plastic coated, maybe ask your local reseller about this!


    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks for the info. I need five long jumper wires for triple axis accelerometers and am having an impossible time locating the length of jumpers needed. Single threaded plastic coated copper wire. Awesome. Now, I just hope the signal strength is not hindered due to length.


    2 years ago

    Hey, is it necessary to attach that male header pin?? I mean if it directly enters my breadbard then should I attach that pin or not..