Prototype Wearable LED Dance Harness

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Have you ever wanted to merge technology with your dance? In this tutorial, you will learn how to design and build a wearable LED harness for dance performances. The design is not just limited to dance. You can also use it as a guide for costumes.

Dress Rehearsal with LED Straps

Required Materials

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.

  • Electrical Tape
  • 12 Gauge Clear Vinyl
  • ⅞" Yellow Ribbon
  • 1 ½" Yellow Ribbon
  • Adhesive Velcro
  • Thread
  • Twine or Any Toothy String
  • Translucent Yellow Button Up Shirt
  • Bow Tie (Optional)
  • Folded Handkerchief (Optional)


You will need a soldering iron, solder, general soldering accessories, and tools to work with wire.

Weller WE1010 Soldering Station

Weller WE1010 Soldering Station

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

Solder Lead Free - 100-gram Spool

Diagonal Cutters

Diagonal Cutters


Wire Strippers - 30AWG (Hakko)

3 Retired

You will also need:

  • Scissors
  • Cutting Board
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Lighter
  • Needle
  • Sewing Machine
  • Measuring Tape
  • Yard Stick

Suggested Reading

If you aren’t familiar with the following concepts, we recommend checking out these tutorials before continuing.

How to Power a Project

A tutorial to help figure out the power requirements of your project.

Planning a Wearable Electronics Project

Tips and tricks for brainstorming and creating a wearables project.