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Minor Versionm

by Joshua

Introduction

Create your own light up Christmas Tree using a few LEDs, a CR2032 battery (or two) and some Maker Tape.

There's a full-color version as well as a black & white version that makes a great coloring activity.

You can make this project (and many more!) with our Paper Circuits Kit.

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  1. Print off the template, trace it, and cut out your tree.
    • Print off the template, trace it, and cut out your tree.

    • If you plan on freehand cutting your body, be sure to read all the directions first. Pay special attention to how we create the battery holder.

  2. Apply Maker Tape as shown.
    • Apply Maker Tape as shown.

    • Don't let the tape on the left side overlap the tape on the right side. One side will be negative and one will be positive. so if they touch you'll have a "short circuit".

    • When making the small offshoot bits of tape, press down firmly on the overlapping parts. This will help the connection.

    • Maker Tape can be overlapped and still work just fine since it's conductive on the top and bottom surface, and all the way through!

  3. Lay out your LEDs. Bending the legs as needed. On LEDs the long leg is positive and the short leg is negative. For this project we want all long legs pointing left and all short legs pointing to the right.
    • Lay out your LEDs. Bending the legs as needed.

    • On LEDs the long leg is positive and the short leg is negative. For this project we want all long legs pointing left and all short legs pointing to the right.

  4. Use a piece of Maker Tape to secure down each of the legs.
    • Use a piece of Maker Tape to secure down each of the legs.

    • Do this to all LED legs.

  5. Place a battery in your circuit so that the negative side is touching the tape that leads to the right side of the tree. Fold over the tab at the bottom so the positive side tape (from the left side of the tree) is touching the top of the battery.
    • Place a battery in your circuit so that the negative side is touching the tape that leads to the right side of the tree.

    • Fold over the tab at the bottom so the positive side tape (from the left side of the tree) is touching the top of the battery.

    • All of the LEDs should light up!

    • If one or all of the LEDs do not light up, try flipping over your battery. You may have one or more of the LEDs reversed.

  6. Once your circuit is complete and works properly you can add a binder clip to hold the battery in place.
    • Once your circuit is complete and works properly you can add a binder clip to hold the battery in place.

    • At this point your Christmas Tree is done, but we have a few more tips...

  7. While the binder clip works great to hold the batter in place, we can also use two loops of Maker Tape to turn our circuit on. Add a small loop of Maker Tape to the tape on the tree where the battery will sit, and another loop to the top of the battery. You can then fold the tab over and the tape should hold it in place and light up your circuit!
    • While the binder clip works great to hold the batter in place, we can also use two loops of Maker Tape to turn our circuit on.

    • Add a small loop of Maker Tape to the tape on the tree where the battery will sit, and another loop to the top of the battery.

    • You can then fold the tab over and the tape should hold it in place and light up your circuit!

  8. One fresh CR2032 battery should be enough to light up your tree, but if it seems dim you can add a second battery. If you use a binder clip it should still be able to fit over two batteries.
    • One fresh CR2032 battery should be enough to light up your tree, but if it seems dim you can add a second battery.

    • If you use a binder clip it should still be able to fit over two batteries.

    • If you are using Maker Tape loops just add another loop between the two batteries to stick them together.

    • Make sure you stack the batteries so the negative sides are facing down (towards the tree) and the positive sides are facing up (towards you).

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