Introduction: Learn How to Make a Pop-up Paper Switch!
This tutorial will walk you through creating a basic pop-up switch. Use this in your next interactive pop-up book or art piece!
-coin cell battery
-Double sided tape
Step 1: Cut Out a Rectangle and Snip Off the Corners
- Cut out a rectangle. The size is up to you! You will fold this rectangle in half as a tent, pop-up eventually.
-Draw two vertical lines 1/2 an inch from the left and right edge of the rectangle, and then draw diagonal lines on the corners as seen in the image.
-Cut off these corners following the diagonal lines.
Step 2: Create Two Slits
-Cut two slits about 1/2 an inch long and 1/2 an inch away from the center of the piece.
Step 3: Cut a Rectangular Strip
-Cut out a rectangle strip a bit shorter than the length of the first rectangle.
-Fold the rectangle in half to give the paper more structure.
Step 4: Cut Out Two More Rectangles on Sturdy Paper
-Cut out two rectangles on sturdy paper.
-Fold each rectangle in half.
Step 5: Assemble Pop-up Onto Base
-Slide the small rectangle strip through the slits as seen in the image.
-Fold the two tabs on the left and right edge of the large rectangle, and use double-sided tape to mount the pop-up onto your base.
Step 6: Attach White Rectangles
-Use double sided tape to attach the two white rectangles to both ends of the rectangle in the slits (see image).
Step 7: Attach the LED and Battery!
**To use the LED, the short leg must be connected to the negative side of the battery, and the long leg should be connected to the positive side of the battery.
-Use copper tape to tape the short LED leg onto the inside of one of the white rectangles.
-Slide the coin cell battery in between the positive and negative leg of the LED correctly**, and use tape (hot glue or solder will work as well) to secure the negative side against the negative leg.
-Squeeze the two white pieces together to activate the switch and light up the LED!