Like to eat cereal? Then chances are you have everything you need to make a stormtrooper helmet from an empty cereal box. This is so much better than getting a cheap plastic prize! Steve Wintercroft designed this mask and others after struggling to come up with an idea for a Halloween costume. He only uses cardboard, glue, scissors, and tape to assemble the masks, and the finished products are more than suitable. He does sell PDF patterns for the stormtrooper helmet and other designs on his website, but I’m sharing his work to encourage you to take another look at the objects around your house when you’re brainstorming your next costume – especially the items in the recycling bin.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.