Christmas decorations DIY season has started!
Previously, we’ve discussed how to make a homemade Christmas Wreath. In this post, we’re going through a new DIY project! This time we’re making a beautiful Swedish star. This tutorial is going to be very easy and with minimum requirements. It will only take an estimated 30-60 minutes to complete. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll have one very beautiful Swedish star ⭐️ that will light your ceiling and will be a beautiful Christmas decorations DIY project for you and the family!
- Christmas Star (That can be opened and modified like this one)
- An amateur drill
- Led lamps (Diodes)
- 330 Ohm Resistors
- Soldering kit
Price: Around $50 for the kit. Then $10 per star or less
Step 1: Create a frame
The first thing you wanna do is to create a frame for the LED lamps. This frame has to be made from a non-conducting material like wood, PVC or any plastic. The responsibility of this frame will be to hold the LED lamps, the resistors and the wires all together on the same board.
Use the drill you’ve just bought to make a circular frame but you have to keep in mind that the diameter of the frame has to be small enough to fit inside the star you’ve just bought. That means you’ll need to measure the diameter of the void inside the star and figure out a fitting diameter.
Use the drill to cut a circle of the calculated diameter. This circle is going to be the frame of our LED lights. You can even make two interleaving circles instead of one large circle and connect them with soldering wires.
Step 2: Mark the star’s sides
Whether it’s a 5 side star or a 7 side star, you’ll be fitting one LED lamp per side. So make sure after you’ve made your frame to find the angles at which the sides are. An easy way to do this is to use a pen to mark the frame when you put the star above it. These sides must be accurate if you want to be sure the star will emit maximum possible shapes on your ceiling.
Step 3: Drill holes in the frames
You’ll need two holes per LED lamp because each one has two feet.
Notice how the LED lights are placed. One leg is closer to the outer circle and one leg is closer to the inner circle. We do this so when we start soldering our wires we will have one major wire crossing over the outer circle and this will be the negative wire and another wire crossing over the inner circle and this will be the positive wire.
Step 4: Solder the negative wire
Solder the negative wire. This is simply a wire passing over one leg of each lamp and soldered to it. Make sure this wire does not touch accidentally two legs of one LED lamp as that will stall it. Make sure this wire has enough distance from the positive wire that we’ll add in a minute.
Step 5: Solder the positive wire
The difference here is that we want to connect one 330 Ohm resistor to the free leg of each LED lamp. so we solder the resistor to each lamp’s leg and in the end, we solder all the resistors together. Then we solder a wire to this resistor stack. This wire will be our input wire to the star so it can be a USB cable where we solder one wire of the USB to the positive wire and the other wire to the negative wire.
Step 6: Install the frame into the star
Now that the frame is ready, test it by plugging into a USB power source like a power bank and if all is well all LED lamps will light. Now you’ll need to install this beautiful frame to the star. To do so, open the star and place the frame carefully inside and then close it. You may need to use a little piece of duct tape to dock the frame into the star. A glue gun would work as well.
If you don’t want to use a USB connection for the star, you can instead use a wire connected to two AAA batteries and that as well will do the trick.
In the end, this beautiful Christmas decorations DIY project will get the family to sit together and construct something beautiful and much cheaper than buying it ready. The kit can be used again for more DIY projects or even more stars. If you like it, you may even make more stars for your friends and neighbors or even sell them online for Christmas!