Craft projects have come along way since simple yarn, glue, and papier-mâché. But this is all for the good because crafts with LED lights can be decorative, fun, and easier than you think. For both adults and children, these creative ideas with those lights that last will bring a sparkle to your craft table.
Colorful LED Crafts for Adults
Many adults enjoy making their own unique decorations and are serious about their craft hobby. For some creative new ideas with LED lights, take a look at these cool creations.
Whether it’s for your holiday décor, dinner party, or a late-night get together, Brit + Co offers three neat centerpiece ideas. Each is easy to make and requires minimal supplies and tools. You can choose from Three Jars of Light, which uses LED tea lights, The Salty Snowflake, which requires an LED battery-operated snowflake, or the Starburst Strobe, which uses ball ornaments.
Maybe you prefer a centerpiece of flowers. This project from Love Creations combines paper flowers, LED lights, and a simple vase. You can follow the easy video tutorial and craft this cute and colorful project in no time.
Find your way to the fridge in the dark with these nifty and decorative lights. You should be prepared to go all out if you like this idea, however. It does involve you painting your refrigerator and working with power supplies and resistors. But if you like the idea, Instructables walks you through each step, includes photos, and provides a full supply list.
If you would rather light up the whole room instead of just your fridge, take a look at this LED chandelier light project. For this one, you will use LED Christmas string lights and clear crystals that you may already have or can pick up inexpensively. This is another craft project from Instructables, so the instructions and photos are all included.
5. DIY Lantern
From P&G Everyday is this outdoor, do-it-yourself lantern project. The lantern uses a tin can, LED candle, and other items you already have at home. With very simple instructions for assembling the lanterns, you can still let your creativity flow with how you decorate them. Then you’ll be ready to light up the backyard for your next barbecue.
Is your fish friend the light of your life? If so, why not give him or her the glisten they deserve? This LED-lit fish bowl is easy to make and looks awesome. You need less than 10 items to create it and if you are a thrifty shopper, you can make it for just over $50.
Creative LED Crafts for Little Kids
Whether you have a budding electrician or just a child who loves crafts, these projects are super. They are safe, enjoyable, and let your youngster be creative.
7. LED Throwies
These neat magnetic lights are fun for kids because they can toss them onto a magnetic surface. The Buggy and Buddy site has a list of materials needed, clear photographs, and simple instructions for LED throwies.
If you want to encourage your little artist’s work, let them create an LED-light postcard. They can really let their imagination run wild with the way they decorate the card. And the lights bring the perfect shimmer and shine to their masterpiece. From Kix Cereal, follow the simple steps with photos or pop open the video tutorial.
Another nifty paper craft using LED lights is creating a paper circuit. Like the postcard, this one brings out the artist skills and enjoyment for your boy or girl. Makerspaces.com offers instructions, photos, videos, and examples of what you can make. You can also check out locations to purchase supplies and get troubleshooting help for certain paper circuit types.
Cool LED Crafts for Bigger Kids
If you have a teen or a tween that wants to add some twinkle to their room or hobby, take a look at these amazing craft projects.
Those sturdy Altoids tins can really come in handy, especially for crafts. If you have a boy or girl interested in electronics projects, they can make this Altoids Flashlight, complete with an LED light color of their choice and a convenient switch. The tools, supplies, and optional items cost less than $5 and Instructables shows you exactly how to make this neat and useful craft.
With this project, your teen can bring the beauty of the night sky into their bedroom. This Instructables project does require cutting wood, drilling, and using a micro controller. But for those interested in a cool illumination who can get some help from mom or dad, the starry ceiling idea is a winner.
Get Creative Together
Do you and your child enjoy doing crafts together? If so, you can create something amazing while you spend time with each other.
Kids love animals. And with this LED project, they can light up a shelf in their room with glowing, adorable creatures. Most, if not all, of the materials can be found at your local hardware store. So gather the supplies and show your little one how easy it is to work with lights and switches. Together you’ll create a modern-day Rudolph, complete with a bright red nose!
If you have a busy home, a colorful traffic light might the ideal craft project. You can your child can learn about circuits, connections, and lights at the same time. You’ll need a bit extra for this project than some of the others, like a computer, software, wires, and an Arduino Uno board. But if you work with this type of equipment already, then have some fun this weekend with complete instructions for an LED traffic light.
And if you want to give that computer of yours some pizzazz, check out these ways to make your PC glow with programmable LEDs.
Easy LED Light Projects Are Fun for All
You can see from this list that you can your children have some cool things to do with LED lights. So if you have the lights already or are getting ready to buy some, make sure to bookmark these fun LED light projects.
For even more projects, these websites have DIY craft projects for kids and teens.
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