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by Pete Prodoehl

Introduction

Make a reindeer hat that lights up with a simple paper circuit.

There's a full-color version as well as a black & white version that makes a great coloring activity.

You can make this project (and many more!) with our Paper Circuits Kit.

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  1. Print the template double-sided so that the circuit prints on the back of the reindeer design.
    • Print the template double-sided so that the circuit prints on the back of the reindeer design.

    • If you'd like to color the reindeer, print out the coloring template (pages 3-6). Use colored pencils or markers to color your project before proceeding to the next step.

  2. Cut out the shapes. For best results, cut from the front side in case your print doesn’t line up properly with the back. Cut the small rectangle out of craft foam.
    • Cut out the shapes. For best results, cut from the front side in case your print doesn’t line up properly with the back.

    • Cut the small rectangle out of craft foam.

  3. Wrap Maker Tape around the foam rectangle as shown. Position the rectangle over the template, and continue to lay the Maker Tape over the line, looping the end under the battery circle. Place the battery with the positive side up. Add another piece of Maker Tape over the battery and around the bend.
    • Wrap Maker Tape around the foam rectangle as shown.

    • Position the rectangle over the template, and continue to lay the Maker Tape over the line, looping the end under the battery circle.

    • Place the battery with the positive side up. Add another piece of Maker Tape over the battery and around the bend.

  4. Poke small holes in the center of the nose where shown and insert the LED, matching the positive and negative notation. Fold the LED legs flat on top of the Maker Tape traces on the back.
    • Poke small holes in the center of the nose where shown and insert the LED, matching the positive and negative notation.

    • Fold the LED legs flat on top of the Maker Tape traces on the back.

  5. Add another piece of Maker Tape on top of the LED's legs as shown.
    • Add another piece of Maker Tape on top of the LED's legs as shown.

  6. Tape the headband pieces to the sides of the paper as shown. One side's fringe will face up and the other will face down so that you can interlock them as shown.
    • Tape the headband pieces to the sides of the paper as shown.

    • One side's fringe will face up and the other will face down so that you can interlock them as shown.

  7. The template has 1.5-inch eyes - the perfect size for 1.5-inch googly eyes! They are optional but add a ton of personality. Glue them in place over the printed eyes. The template has 1.5-inch eyes - the perfect size for 1.5-inch googly eyes! They are optional but add a ton of personality. Glue them in place over the printed eyes.
    • The template has 1.5-inch eyes - the perfect size for 1.5-inch googly eyes! They are optional but add a ton of personality. Glue them in place over the printed eyes.

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