How to Add a Blinky Surprise to a Wedding #WearableWednesday


In case you haven’t noticed, it’s wedding season, folks. That’s why this cute blinky garter spotted on Instructables is right on time. For the classic bride that wants something with a little more splash, this will be a great surprise for the partner. It will also make a great photo when tossed into the audience, especially if you ask for the lights to be out. Light painting anyone? This is another fun project by Caitlin’sDad, who continues to put a smile on our faces. Check out the video for some flash.

You can make your own garter following the directions, or you can just hack one that has been purchased. The design centers on our Trinket microcontroller, which is the perfect companion for such a skinny piece of ruffle. A NeoPixel strip in its weatherproof case adds the blinkyness, with a top layer of adhesive-based rhinestones. The white lace and ruffle makes the perfect reflector for the colors programmed in the pixels. You can choose to match the colors of the wedding right down to the flowers, or even create a fun rainbow pattern using the code found in the Adafruit NeoPixel Strand Test code.


This is a great beginner’s project and you can have fun experimenting with something fun and something blue. Do you know someone getting married soon? Maybe you can offer to make one for the bride. Here’s the Trinket to get you started. Don’t stop at just the garter. We’ve seen tuxes, wedding dresses, tiara’s and all sorts of glowing fashion. Send us a pic and let us show off your hacked wedding outfit!


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