an iconic candy corn that lights up and makes the best decoration for Halloween
duration: 1 hour
make your own candy corn
2. battery board
3. diamond LED Board
4. conductive tape
5. sewing thread
6. felt pieces
7. sewing needle
Cut out candy corn template. Pieces are labeled either orange, white or yellow. Trace and cut out the template shapes from the correct color felt.
Plan the circuit.
This circuit contains an LED board, a battery and conductive tape. When conductive tape is connected to one of the LED board pads, it will light up. We will be using conductive thread to secure our conductive tape to the felt and to sew our circuit connections.
sew felt pieces together.
Overlap your orange piece of felt so that it is over the yellow and white pieces of felt. Using non-conductive thread sew the orange felt to the yellow felt with a running stitch, make a knot and cut the excess to complete the stitch. Then repeat for the orange and white piece of felt. Make sure that all three colors are visible.
attach circuit board.
Take one of the completed candy corn felt pieces. Change your thread to conductive thread. Attach the battery board to the orange felt by holding it in place on the fabric and looping around the pad marked with “+” 3 - 5 times.
connect the circuit.
Place three strips of conductive tape on the opposite side of the felt from the battery board. Use a running stitch and conductive thread to connect the tapes to the positive side of the battery board. This will be your side B.
Tip: You can lift the battery board out of the way to sew the conductive tapes on since it is only sewed to one side.
On side A you will sew the diamond LED on using separate conductive threads. Start by placing three strips of conductive tape on the inside of Side A. On the outside of side A, place the diamond LED. Connect the “R” side of the LED to the middle conductive thread. To do this, hold the diamond LED and then loop around the “R” hole and the middle conductive tape 3-5 times. Use a running stitch to finish securing the middle conductive tape. Tie a knot and cut the excess thread off. Then repeat these steps for the “B” and “G” parts of the LEDboard.
Tip: Since the bottom of the diamond LED is not attached you can lift it up when sewing your conductive tapes on. Make sure that “R,” “G” and “B”are not connected together and they all are connected to their individual conductive tape.
You have connected the positive side of the circuit, now we need to connect the negative side of the circuit. Lay down Side A and Side B next to each other. Use conductive thread and connect negative pad of the LED board to the negative side of the battery board. Make sure that the candy corn pieces can still fold together after you sewed the conductive thread on.
Next, we will prepare the stuffing for our project. Since our tapes are inside of our candy corn, we will need to cut three holes into the stuffing. Make sure that the holes align with the conductive tapes
Place the stuffing inside of the candy corn project. Sew together the outside using non-conductive thread.
Test your Circuit and Decorate
At this point you can insert your battery into the battery board. Make sure the “+” faces up to match the “+” on the battery board. Press two of the conductive tapes together. Your LED should now light up!