How to Make Official Rainbow Girl’s Crazy Fun LED Costumes #WearableWednesday #WearableTech
I recently viewed a double rainbow for the first time in my life, so I’m feeling especially excited by anything with multiple colors right now. Coincidentally I came across Official Rainbow Girl’s latest video and tutorial on some quick tricks on DIYing some fab LED costumes. She and her Rainbow Guy have styled some great wearables suitable for special rainbow appearances at parties or as everyday outfits for Burning Man. Here’s what you can learn:
Make sure you order your LED strips so they are ready to go
Purchase adhesive backed strips or have some strong glue on hand (hot glue often peels off, so choose wisely)
For clothing, use safety pins as a way to create conduits for LED strips, so you can flex when wearing them
For hats, the firmer the hat, the easier it will be to glue on strips
It’s best to first test your lights and then keep them off when attaching them to your costume!
All of these lights should be getting you excited for Halloween; it’s not too early to start ordering your parts so they are ready to go. If you need ideas, check out our learning guide for LED Masquerade Masks. This project is a great introduction to illuminated costumes that are sure to get attention. You can choose to do a simple circuit with some LED sequins, or move to something programmable with a GEMMA microcontroller and some NeoPixels. Either way you are going to end up with something mysterious that will be far better than any store-bought costume. Start designing your glowy wear now!
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