Paper Circuits are a fun way to add a bit of pizzazz to projects while learning about electricity and engineering. Projects can be simple “light up” affairs, or more complex with resistors and crossings.
Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting
In this posts we have some tips and tricks for the more ambitious makers. We’ve also got a gallery of images for those who might be looking for some inspiration.
Basic LED Stick Puppets
This tutorial walks you through the basics of creating a stick puppet with LEDs, card stock, copper tape, popsicle sticks, and batteries.
This tutorial will create a beautiful lit snowflake and is approachable to younger children while being adaptable enough to remain interesting to older kids and adults.
This tutorial will create a menorah with 8 candles that can each light individually as well as a central shamash that is always lit. It is simple, but a bit fiddly so kiddos without well developed fine motor skills may need some assistance.
This tutorial will create a menorah with 8 candles that can each light individually as well as a central shamash that is always lit. It is less fiddly than our initial version and uses a piece of white card stock as a background to hold all of the circuitry.
This tutorial will create a tree with colored lights. The circuit diagram is on the more complex side with a resistor needed to support LEDs of different voltage.
Paper Circuit Pumpkins
Make your own Paper Circuit Pumpkins with Los Alamos STEAM Lab on this Adventure in STEM sponsored by Family Strengths Network. We’ll learn about circuits and the flow of electricity as we experiment with our design.