Craft a Holiday Greeting with Love to Code

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Shicheng Lim (@caligomartia on Instagram) from Chibitronics, designed a fun color-in, light-up holiday card template activity so you can craft your own holiday greeting using the Chibi Chip and Love to Code!

Chibi Chib Holiday Greeting Card Powered

Suggested Video

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to create your holiday card, check out the time-lapse video of Shicheng creating her holiday card!

Making of the Love to Code Holiday Card from Chibitronics on Vimeo.

Suggested Reading

The Great Big Guide to Paper Circuits

Let's take a look at different materials we can use to combine paper crafting and electronics.

Getting Started with Chibi Chip and Clip

This tutorial goes over the how to assemble the Chibitronics' Chibi Chip programmable microcontroller with the Chibi Clip to add more functionality to your paper circuits! Start programming your Chibi Chip by writing code (block-based and text-based) in a browser-based code editor and then transmit code through sound to your board!

Materials and Tools

To follow along with this tutorial, you will need the following materials. You may not need everything though depending on what you have. Add it to your cart, read through the guide, and adjust the cart as necessary. Anyone with the Love to Code Creative Code Kit will have the electronic parts to do this project. You can also purchase the parts separately.

You will also need:

  • Favorite Art Supplies to Color in the Scene
    • i.e. Markers, Pencil, Pen, or Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Tape (preferably Double-Sided Foam Tape)
  • Card Stock

Step 1: Print Template

First, download the Chibitronics holiday card template. The card template consists of two parts: a foreground scene and a background scene. The background scene contains the lights and sky/horizon colors, both of which are used to accent the foreground scene.

Then print out the two pages of the template, preferably on heavy paper or card stock.

Step 2: Decorate

Color in the foreground scene.

Color In Foreground

Next, paint the background scene. The background is the “sky” of the template, so in this case Shicheng is using watercolor to paint a nighttime sky.

Color In Background

Step 3: Cut Out

Cut out the foreground scene, so that it can be pasted onto the background scene without blocking out the sky!

Cut Out Foreground

Step 4: Create Copper Traces

Craft the circuit on the background. In this picture, Shicheng is ad-libbing the circuit. However, your template has simplified circuit template to help you out! This is also a good time to test out the circuit by programming and clipping on the Chibi Chip before pasting on the foreground scene.

Create Paper Circuit

Step 5: Program the Chibi Chip

If you need a simple example of how to put lighting effects on the LEDs, try out this MakeCode example based on the circuit template's pin locations.

Chibi Chip's MakeCode Online Editor: Holiday Greeting Example Code

You can also create your own code in Microsoft MakeCode or ChibiScript Arduino Editor.

Chibi Chip's MakeCode Online Editor ChibiScript Arduino Online Editor

Step 6: Add Tape to Foreground

Add double-sided tape to the back side of the foreground scene. If available, use a thick foam tape to create a 3-D effect while diffusing the light of the LED slightly.

Foam Tape to Foreground

Step 7: Finish Customizing

Paste down the foreground scene and finish personalizing your holiday card.

Finish Customizing

Clip on your Chibi Chip with a power supply.

Clip Chibi Chip

Enjoy your holiday greetings!

Powered Chibi Chip Holiday Greeting Card

Resources and Going Further

Thanks for trying out Chibitronics Love to Code board in a project. They would love your feedback to make the experience even better! Do you have ideas or comments for us? Please send them our way at Happy making!

For more information, check out the resources below:

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