SparkFun Paper Circuit Kits
Design and build time: 5-10 minutes
Welcome to the world of paper circuits - creating electronic projects directly on paper using simple components. This guide will walk you through building a simple circuit using copper tape, a 5mm LED, and a 3V coin cell battery.
SparkFun offers two kits designed specifically for this paper circuit project. The main difference between the two kits is that the Classroom Pack includes batteries, four LED color options, and some spare parts. If using the SparkFun Paper Circuits Kit, you will need to provide or purchase your own 3V CR2032 20mm coin cell battery to follow along and complete the project.
Required Materials and Tools
In your paper circuits kit, you will find a plastic bag that includes:
- Printed Paper Circuit Template
- 12" Piece of 5mm Copper Tape
- Yellow 5mm LED
- Binder Clip
You Will Also Need:
- 3V CR2032 Coin Cell Battery (Included in the Classroom Pack)
- Hole Punch
- Clear Tape
- Decorating Supplies (markers, pens, crayons) If You'd Like to Color In the Finished Project
Your kit includes the following printed template. If you would like to choose a different template or make more projects, you can also download and print a PDF.
Right-click the template's image or link, and choose “Save Link As” to download the it to your computer. Each file has the circuit template on one side and a design on the other. Print on 8 ½” x 11” cardstock paper and cut out individual template (6 total per print). You will only need one to make the project.
If you are brand new to working with electronics, here’s some helpful reading to check out: