Have you ever heard of conductive thread? It’s a pretty fun thing to play around with we made a firefly craft with it and made some sewn circuits! The little firefly actually lights up! This is a really fun tie-in to the book The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle. It is also an awesome combination of art and science!!
To make these little sewn circuits, you will need a few supplies that you will not likely have lying around, so it takes a bit of prep work.
Supplies for Sewn Circuits:
Decide on a design that you want to make. We made a little firefly in a jar, but you could really do ANYTHING! The important part is making a circuit. You can get creative with the design!
I drew the designs on the felt in pencil for my daughter to cut out.
I glued the firefly together with fabric glue, but tacky glue would probably work we,ll, too. I did not glue the jar down onto the background until after the circuit was sewn. One you have created your design, decide where you want your light to go.
How to Make a Sewn Circuit
The LED pin lights have a positive side and a negative side. The longer side is the positive side. You roll up the two ends of the pins. The negative (shorter) end I curled up smaller and tighter and the positive (longer) a larger curl so I could distinguish them. I used a pair of round nose jewelry pliers, but any little tool will work.
Sew from one side of the LED to the matching (positive or negative) side of the battery holder. (Positive to positive and negative to negative.) Once you have sewn a line from the light to the battery holder, cut the thread. Then start a new stitch to attach from negative to negative. These are easy basic stitches that my kids could easily do on their own.
Once you pop in the battery, the light should light up! It is quite simple! You can add multiple lights or different types of circuits, too! I am planning on framing this for my son’s bedroom with an open frame. Then the battery can just be popped in and out to turn it on and off.
Now read a firefly book and enjoy your little firefly sewn circuit night light!
Find more STEAM Projects for kids in the STEAM Kids book!
This is part of the Process Art Challenge. This month’s theme was string!
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