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February 11, 2015 AT 2:00 am

Twinkling LED “Bride-to-Be” Bachelorette Tiara #WearableWednesday

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Cute project for a bachelorette party! Via Inorooz on Instructables.

One of my best friends recently got married. Since I’m obsessed with adding twinkles to anything I can customize, I decided to make her a twinkling tiara for her bachelorette party. I needed something that wouldn’t be too tacky and too heavy on her hair. I used Adafruit’s DIY tiara tutorial as inspiration for how to build and program my tiara. I settled with 3 LEDs in a plastic, pre-made tiara. I also picked these colors as they matched the color theme of the bachelorette party. You can customize the tiara and/or colors however you and the bride-to-be please! (Unless it’s a surprise, like mine was. Then she really has no choice but to wear it, haha.)

To ensure that you fully comprehend my vocabulary in this Instructable, this if my definition to all future references to “outside” and “inside” of the tiara:

  • Outside: This refers to the part of the tiara you’d see when you’re looking at the front of the wearer’s head. In other words, you should be able to read “bride to be” from left to right as if the bride were wearing the tiara.
  • Inside: This refers to the part of the tiara you’d see if you were looking at the back of the wearer’s head. You wouldn’t be able to read “bride to be” from left to right. (I guess it would say “eb ot edirb”, except the letters would be flipped along a vertical line.)

Here are the materials you’ll need to duplicate this design:

  1. A “bride-to-be” tiara: I bought this one from Amazon.
  2. A sheet of purple glittery construction paper: I recommend one with a white backside as you will need ot trace on it in Step 3. You can use any color you like. I purchased this one at my local Michaels (this isn’t the same color, but it’s the same paper).
  3. A sheet of regular white printer paper
  4. Adafruit’s Gemma board
  5. Three Flora RGB Neopixels: These come in a pack of 4. For those who want to buy more for later, Adafruit now sells these in packs of 20 for slightly cheaper.
  6. A 3.7v 150mAh Lithium Ion Polymer Battery
  7. A soldering iron
  8. Solder: I don’t really have a suggestion for what kind of solder to use, but you’ll probably want one that’s lead-free.
  9. Stranded-core wire with white wire wrap: I didn’t use solid core because it’s not flexible at all. I chose white because it blends in with the background of the tiara. In retrospect, I should have probably used a color that would camouflage into the Bachelorette’s hair. So keep that in mind when you’re choosing a color.
  10. E6000 Glue: You can also substitute hot glue for this. I prefer E6000 for this project because it’s a more solid and sturdy connection and it dries clear, whereas hot glue is less reliable and it dries looking foggy.
  11. Tape
  12. Scissors
  13. Exacto knife
  14. Wire cutter

Read the full tutorial here.


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