How to Make a Light-Up Father’s Day Card
Father’s Day is just around the corner and we created this project with pop’s day in mind, but we think it’s perfect for any occasion where a dash of DIY is just the right ingredient. So check it out — the Light-Up, Pop-Up Greeting Card! All you’ll need is a few craft supplies like paper, glue and a pair of scissors as well as the following electronics supplies to make your pops feel all warm and fuzzy :)
Creative Technologist Nick made this project by building a classic pop-up card and adding just a touch of geekery — some copper tape and a handful of LilyPad components.
Materials + Tools:
– LilyPad Coin Cell Battery Holder – Switched – 20mm
– LilyPad LED White (5pcs)
Any solder and soldering iron will work and if you want a different color of LilyPad LED then feel free to substitute it in! Okay, now that we’ve gathered some materials, let’s get started.
If you’re not totally comfortable with soldering or simple circuits, that’s cool. Check out these beginner guides:
Pop-up cards are great for making paper circuits because they give you places to hide batteries and switches and things like that. They also create depth, which plays nicely with the LED lighting.
There are a ton of ways to create this depth. If you’re interested in designing your own card using advanced pop-up kung-fu, check out Robert Sabuda’s site. The card that we’re making today relies on this very simple method:
To get a pop-up layer all you have to do is fold the card, make two cuts on the folded edge, and open it back up reversing the fold on the pop-up part. If that didn’t make sense then check this out. Everything after that is just cutting little layers of scenery and gluing it into place.
We’re lazy and spoiled, so we used a laser cutter. This wouldn’t be hard to cut out using a hobby knife, though, so don’t worry if you don’t have access to lasers. Just print out this template and get to cutting! The red lines in the template are where we printed on the card and the black lines are where we cut.
You’ll notice that the card has two layers so that there won’t be a big hole in the front of the card where we cut out the pop-up layer. Also, the car, dad and child cutouts are attached to the front of the garage with strips of paper folded accordion style. Once the paper portion of the card is put together, it’s time to light it up! Let’s get started on the paper circuit…
To make the card light up, we’re going to put together the simple circuit below. Instead of using conductive thread to connect the LilyPad components, we’ll be using copper tape.
As long as all of your “+” signs are connected and all of your “-” are connected, you can lay out the tape in any pattern you want. Think about the layout of the card. We hid most of our components under the pop-up layer with the LEDs at the top so they shine out through the front. At the places where the copper tape meets, you’ll need to form an electrical connection by adding a little dab of solder to the overlap.
In order to secure each of the LilyPad components, simply place them and then add solder to the center of the connector. Don’t be afraid to hold the soldering iron in place for a few seconds while the hot solder flows through the connector and attaches to the copper tape below.
Once all of your components are soldered in place, insert a coin cell battery and push the switch into the “on” position. Your LEDs should light up!
If your card works and looks the way you want it to then it’s time to slap that thing into an envelope and give it to dad. Also, don’t limit yourself to Father’s Day, you can make light-up cards for any occasion.
What other electronics or circuitry projects would you like to see on Brit + Co? Tell us in the comments below.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)