Light Up & Pop Up Flower Circuit Card

Springtime… It means fun things like flowers and bugs and Mother’s Day. It also means cool flower-themed projects around here. Like this Light Up & Pop Up Flower Circuit Card. You can bring STEM learning into a cool creative project by building this card. It also means it’s time to book some camps for the kids, so I’ve partnered with iD Tech Camps to bring you this awesome circuit card tutorial.

Combine STEM learning and a cool creative project with this Light Up & Pop Up Flower Circuit Card. It's perfect for Mother's Day!

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Light Up & Pop Up Flower Circuit Card Materials

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR LIGHT UP & POP UP FLOWER CIRCUIT CARD TEMPLATE

SAFETY NOTE: As with all LBCB projects, parental supervision is recommended. Please keep coin cell batteries away from children who put non-food items in their mouth. These batteries are very dangerous if swallowed.

Make Your Light Up Pop Flower Circuit Card

  1. Print out the card template onto white cardstock.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR LIGHT UP & POP UP FLOWER CIRCUIT CARD TEMPLATE

  1. Cut out flowers, pot and STEM.
  2. Make the flowers:
    1. Fold flower in half, leaving one petal uncovered.
    2. Continue to fold flower along the petal lines so it looks like you only have one petal.
    3. Using double sided tape or a glue stick, stick one edge petal to the other petal to close the flower.
    4. Repeat with other flowers.

  1. Connect the flowers:
    1. Fold each of the flowers in half. Using double sided tape or a glue stick, stick the right-most petal of flower #2 to the left-most petal of flower #1.
    2. Stick the right-most petal of flower #3 to the left-most petal of flower #2.
    3. Open flowers. They should look like this. If not, check that you’ve taped in the right spots.
    4. Insert your LED into the center hole of the right-hand flower.

  1.  Set up the card:
    1. Grab another piece of white card stock and fold in half.
    2. Grab the pot and fold in half and fold the flaps to the back of the pot. Line up the center fold of the pot with the center fold of the card. Tape the left flap of the pot to the paper with double-sided tape.
    3. Place the flower trio at the top of the card so that it fits inside when you close it.

  1. Build the circuit
    1. Bend the leads on the underside of the flower so that they can lay flat against the paper.
    2. Tape the right hand LED lead with copper tape so that it secures the lead to the paper and travels down to the lower half of the pot.
    3. Tape the left hand LED lead with copper tape so that it secures the lead to the paper and travels down to the left side of the back of the pot. Make a turn (making sure the copper tape stays continuous), and stick the battery to the copper tape on the back of the pot.
    4. Close the pot onto the right side of the card and test the circuit by pressing on the battery.

  1. Finish the card:
    1. Once you’re sure the circuit works, cover the copper tape with the green stem pieces. Make sure that the pieces only go far enough into the pot so that the ends don’t show but the battery connection isn’t blocked.
    2. Tape the right flap of the pot to the card.
    3. Tape two petals of the flower, one on the right and one on the left to the card.

  1. Give to your favorite person with love!

Troubleshooting

If the LED doesn’t turn on, try flipping the battery over. Also make sure that the copper tape is continuous from each lead of the LED to the battery and is securely connected to the leads.

Perfect for Mother’s Day!

This card would make a great gift for Mom (hint hint) :) You can even customize it with your own colors by using the template and your card stock colors. And maybe you want to make a card for Dad, too… Check out this Light Up Father’s Day Circuit Card!

Have Even More STEM Fun This Summer!!

This Mother’s Day card is just the beginning of what you can do with DIY electronics. Want more? iD Tech Camps is the #1 provider of summer STEM camps, and they offer an array of electronics and engineering courses held at universities across the Bay Area. You can design and program a robot to compete in group challenges, or dive into electrical engineering and discover the intricacies of circuits, coding, and more.
My 13 year old nephew LOVES attending iD Tech Camps and I’m so excited that my daughter is old enough to attend now too!! And the cool thing is, iD Tech gave me an awesome coupon for you to use when you book camp for your kiddos. Use the code STEMBrain2017 at checkout to save $75 off iD Tech Camps, Alexa Café, and iD Academies $30 off iD Mini program.
Held at more than half a dozen locations in the Bay Area alone — including big names like Stanford, Santa Clara University, and San Jose State — iD Tech prepares students ages 7–17 for the booming technical job market by delivering innovative, hands-on courses in a fun summer camp environment. Now in its 18th season, more than 235,000 alumni have experienced the unique atmosphere and individualized instruction iD Tech is famous for. Courses include coding, video game design, robotics, engineering, 3D printing, cryptography, and more. For more information, including specific courses, dates, and locations, visit www.iDTech.com.

Combine STEM learning and a cool creative project with this Light Up & Pop Up Flower Circuit Card. It's perfect for Mother's Day!

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