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Christmas Project Ideas with LEDs
Christmas is the right time to stimulate your imagination with lots of decorative ideas. The Christmas spirit is there and the ideas that can come up are endless. You may come up with ideas to decorate the inside, as well as the outside of your home and you don´t need to make extra expenses, but only use what you can find around the house.
During the Christmas season is very common to see colorful lights everywhere. Colorful lights make the spirit of this season more lively in everybody´s soul. LEDs are very widespread nowadays. They can be seen in every home and business. With LEDs, you can make a variety of attractive projects, for example, you can use LEDs to make the eyes of a jack-o-lantern for Halloween, or you can use LEDs to make a bright night lamp for camping, or use them to light a Christmas tree or the red nose of a reindeer.
Throughout this hub. I´m going to show you how to make three simple Christmas crafts with flashing LEDs.
Items Needed to Make Flashing Crafts with LEDs
- One 9 V. battery
- One IC CD4017
- One IC NE555
- Eight 5mm LEDs
- One 10K ohm resistor
- Eight 220 ohm resistors
- 22 gauge black and red wire
- Wire cutters
- Wire strippers
How Does the Circuit Work?
The circuit uses two ICs; one is the IC NE555, which is wired as an astable multivibrator and produces the clock pulses to the second IC, the CD4017, which is a counter and receives the clock pulses from the IC NE555. The IC NE555 gives the output clock pulses through pin 3. The IC CD4017 receives the input clock pulses through pin 14.
The LEDs light up one by one, starting from D1. The speed of the LEDs varies according to the clock pulses given by IC NE555. The speed can be changed by changing the value of the capacitor 10 uF. The picture below illustrates the wiring of the circuit.
Circuit on the Breadboard
How to Make a Christmas Motif for the Front Door?
I designed this flashing motif from pieces of cardboard that I found from the packing box of a printer. The cardboard had already the rounded form. I just made the holes for the LEDs along the rounded edge, then, I used a 10 by 10 inches piece of aluminum foil to mostly line all the cardboard. I inserted the LEDs inside the holes and wired the positive and negative ends of them to the slots of the breadboard.
This flashing Christmas craft can be decorated with a Christmas motif or the snowing landscape of the Christmas season. You may also write the words Merry Christmas under the line of LEDs and place it on the front door of your house.
The LEDs Wiring
How to Make the Flashing Lights of a Christmas Tree with LEDs?
To wire the LEDS along the Christmas tree, I used several pieces of 22 gauge wire. I hooked the wires to the breadboard through a multi-pin connector that I got from an unusable radio. The eight LEDs can be placed evenly on the Christmas tree so as to make an attractive night Christmas tree. For this project, you can use other LEDs colors. I used red, green, yellow and orange LEDs. I also used a three LEDs flashing light, but this was not made with the flashing LEDs from the circuit.
Christmas Tree with LEDs
These are some ornaments that I found at a gift shop. They are small christmas figures and motifs intended for this season and you can use them in a variety of ways. I used them to adorn the Christmas tree.
How to Make your Own Santa Clause with LEDs
I designed this project from a rounded piece of aluminum metal that I found somewhere in the house. Then, I drilled the holes to the size (5mm) of the LEDs. The wiring was similar to the previous projects. The ends of the 22 gauge wires were hooked to the LEDs and the other ends to the breadboard with a multi pin connector that I got from the electronics of an unusable radio.
I drew the face of Santa Clause with a pencil, then, I used red, blue and pink markers to color his face. You can use yellow, green or orange LEDs around the figure of Santa Clause and a red LED as the nose of Santa. This project can be crafted not only with Santa Clause, but with Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer or frosty the snowman.