Learn how to make a light up magic wand!
What You'll Need
Felt, 1 LEDboard, 1 batteryboard, 1 coin-cell battery, Conductive thread, Conductive fabric tape, Thread, Dowel, Colorful ribbon or yarn (optional), & Stuffing (not pictured)
Sewing Needle & Scissors
Step 1: Prep
Cut felt into star shapes.
Cut 4 pieces of conductive fabric tape into strips ½ to ¾ inch long.
How It Works
Our circuit contains an LED, a battery, and two conductive fabric tape pads. In the circuit the pads act as a switch to turn the LED off and on. There is a gap between the conductive pads, so when another conductive material touches both pads the gap is closed, the circuit is complete and electricity can run through it.
Step 2: Place Components
Lay out your components on the pieces of felt. You can mark the fabric with a marker or chalk where your components will go. Once you have laid out your circuit, you can peel the back of the conductive fabric tape and attach it to the fabric.
Step 3: Sew Batteryboard to Conductive Tape
Thread your needle with conductive thread. We recommend doubling the thread for a stronger electric connection.
Attach the batteryboard by holding it in place on the fabric and looping around the hole with “-” 3 - 5 times.
Step 4: Stitch
Use a running stitch to connect the battery board to the conductive tape. Loop through the tape and fabric 3 - 5 times, secure with a knot, and trim the extra thread.
Step 5: Connect the Front and Back Stars
Align two star pieces. Hold them together while you begin sewing around the edge with regular (non-conductive) thread. You should only sew around half the star. Use the images below to make sure you are sewing the correct points. We chose to use a running stitch, but you can also use a decorative edge stitch.
Step 6: Connect the LEDboard to the Batteryboard
Hold the LEDboard in place on the front star. Using conductive thread, loop around the hole marked with a “+”. Use a running stitch to sew over to the edge of the fabric. Be careful to only sew through the top piece of felt.
Flip your project over, and continue stitching onto the back piece of felt until you reach the batteryboard. Loop around one of the holes marked with “+”, secure with a knot, and trim the extra thread.
Step 7: Connect LEDboard to Conductive Fabric Tape
Using conductive thread, loop around the hole on your LEDboard marked with a “-”. Use a running stitch to sew over to the edge of the fabric. Be careful to only sew through the top piece of felt.
Flip your project over, and continue stitching onto the back piece of felt until you reach the conductive fabric tape. Loop around the fabric tape 3 - 5 times, secure with a knot, and trim the extra thread.
Step 8: Test Your Circuit
You should make sure your circuit works before moving forward. Place a battery into your battery board, then press the conductive fabric strips on your project against something conductive. If you are having a hard time finding something conductive, you can simply fold your star in half to make the two conductive fabric pads touch. The LED should light up.
If your LED does not light up:
Check that your battery has enough charge to power the LED! If you have a voltmeter you can make sure the battery is above 2.5 volts.Check that your positive and negative connections do not cross or touch.Check that your thread is tight around all the conductive holes.
You may need to take out and re-sew your connections. It may not be fun to re-sew your circuit, but it will be good practice.
Step 9: Add the wand
If you'd like, you could stuff your star with some bottom or other soft material to make it plush. then take a dowel or other straight object and attach it to your star to complete the wand!