How to make your own light-up shirt
Earlier this year, I thought it would be fun to make a light-up t-shirt to wear to holiday parties.
I went overkill on planning--I spent hours figuring out what materials I would need and how to connect the circuit elements, bouncing ideas off my electrical engineering coworker. When I finally ordered the materials from Sparkfun, they came packaged with step-by-step instructions. It took less than two hours to put together the entire shirt, and about 30 seconds to program the sound sensor using Aniomagic's super-easy graphical programming interface.
I've worn my light-up shirt to holiday parties around Baltimore, and it's been really popular everywhere. Strangers come up to me and ask if they can buy one! Here's how you can make your own:
- Materials: I got all the electronics together in a kit. The brand is Aniomagic, and I ordered it from the Sparkfun website. I ordered the t-shirt separately.
- (1) Holiday t-shirt
- (1) Circuit board
- (1) Coin cell battery holder
- (5-10) LED lightboards
- 3 yd conductive thread
- (1) Sound sensor
- Seam tape, optional