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Make A Starry Night Play Tent With Arduino

Make a Starry Night play tent with Arduino. via instructables

This indoor play tent is a project I made for my INLS 534: Youth and Technologies class at UNC Chapel Hill. The “stars” inside the tent are LED lights powered by the Lilypad Arduino. You can view the lights in action here. It is simple to make, but it not a project that can be completed in one day.

Difficulty Levels:
Coding – Beginner
Carpentry – Beginner
Sewing – Intermediate

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Here is a list of everything you will need to complete this project:

1.) Lilypad Arduino Protosnap development board and five extra LED lights(Can be purchased here)
2.) Sewing Machine and basic sewing supplies
3.) Four 1″x2″ boards that are four feet long. (They sell these in 8 foot boards at the hardware store so you can buy 2 of them and have them cut in half at the store.)
4.) Three 4′ long wooden dowels that are 1/2″ in diameter.
5.) Wood paint or stain and a paint brush. (Optional: I also coated my wood with polyurethane for more durability.)
6.) Drill with a 1/2″ drill bit.
7.) 5 yards of fabric for the outside of the tent, and 5 yards of fabric for the inside (preferably a fabric with a night sky print on it.)
8.) 12 yards of ribbon, bias tape, or fabric strips. (Cut into 12 pieces that are each 30 inches long).
9.) 2 reversible zippers that are 24 inches long.
10.) Two sets of basic snaps.
11.) An embroidery hoop. I recommend a large one. (Mine is 18″ in diameter).
12.) Basic iron and ironing board.

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