Holiday wishes

Time to send your wishes to your loved ones, with a set of 5 homemade cards, involving 11 LEDs!

wishes_hero

You’ll need:

  • 11 mixed LEDs
  • 5 blank cards, or thick A5 paper
  • Coloured pencils
  • Thin black marker
  • Coin cell battery
  • Conductive and normal tape

Optional:

  • Feathers
  • Chenille wire
  • Felt
  • Gold marker, UV marker

1) The designs
The explanations are going to be pretty simple today, because you can create your own designs, I’ll just give you a rough idea of how it works and show you what I’ve done.
I am going to draw different things, more or less associated with Christmas and winter : an Angel, a Teddy Bear, a Penguin, a Snowman and a Christmas Tree.

card_designs

I started by drawing tests on normal paper before drawing the outline on the card with a thin marker.
I am also going to use felt, chenille wires and other materials as part of the card, so I didn’t draw the elements that will be added later on the card itself.
Then, with coloured pencils, I coloured in my drawings.
cards_coloured

If you need some inspiration for your designs, there’s a pretty good selection on Buzzfeed; number 8 is my favourite 🙂

2) Adding LEDs
Use a pin to pierce holes in the card, where the LED is supposed to go; put it in place and bend its legs at the back of the card. Build a paper battery holder and stick it at the back of the card, making sure the conductive tape reaches the LED(s). To ensure there’s a good contact between the tape and the light, hold the legs in place with normal, transparent tape. Add a battery and admire your work!
battery

Note that for my Angel card, I chose to use a UV LED and wrote the message with a UV marker.
UV_card

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3) Christmas cards
TA-DA!

Christmas Cuddles
teddy

Best Wishes
angel

Happy Holidays
penguin

Let it snow!
snow

Merry Christmas
tree

That’s it for today! If you make your own Christmas LED cards, please share them!

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