This weekend, I made a light up, neopixel-enabled crown for my 3-year-old cousin. She always seems quite taken with my light-up contraptions so I figured it was time she had one of her own. It looks pretty cool, and I’d like to indoctrinate her into my world of blinky LEDs and making at a young age…
There are two halves to this project – the electronics-and-code side, and the actual fabrication of the crown. They fit together and you could do them in any order really. You don’t need to be an expert at either – I would say this is a fine beginner project, even if you don’t have much experience in either area.
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