Looking forward to Raspberry Pi for Christmas? Is there one (or more) lying around, waiting for some action? Maybe something a little Christmas themed? How about a dozen Raspberry Pi projects you can do in a day?
But not just any day — every one of the 12 days of Christmas!
That’s right: it’s time to show your true love (your Raspberry Pi, that is!) Exactly what it means to you. Say thanks to your Raspberry Pi with these 12 best projects of the season.
1. Start Early for Emergence
Start with some LED Advent candles. But when does it start? Interestingly, Advent starts at a different time each year. So why not combine a digital dating system with a few LED candles and fire them automatically on the right date every year?
Here’s the solution: some code from GitHub and full steps on the Element14 website. Any model of Raspberry Pi will work for this. If you have an old first generation Raspberry Pi, try this to finally retire it!
2. Christmas tree light show
It’s always good to decorate the Christmas tree in due time too. This Raspberry Pi Christmas Sequencer project uses a Pi to control Christmas tree lights. The Pi is used instead of the Arduino to sync the music to the lights.
Full instructions can be found in this guide from Osprey22. It is best to install this on an artificial tree and not on a farm. This is because the equipment is installed under a tree, where water normally feeds natural wood.
In the meantime, if you want Christmas tree lights to work on your Raspberry Pi but don’t have the skills to create a light show, consider a budget alternative. Pi Hut is selling a compact 3D Raspberry Pi Christmas tree that just sits in a GPIO slot!
3. Christmas magic mirror from an old laptop
There are many options for using an old laptop. Removing the display for reuse for a futuristic «magic» mirror is one of the best. The idea is simple: you create a mirror that not only reflects you, but also shares information.
Although our version of the project is not seasonal, it does not take much work to adapt it. In addition to the mandatory Christmas decorations, you can add information such as NORAD Santa Tracker on the display.
It can even count the number of shopping days until Christmas!
4. 3D Printed Christmas House
One of the best things about Christmas is the way people create seasonal scenes. These may be frescoes or images of cities covered in snow, perhaps with a train running around.
The video above shows how you can use the Raspberry Pi with such a project. The 3D typography was designed in TinkerCAD, as was the non-pixel backlit snowman. The house hides a Raspberry Pi and comes with basic wiring to bring the project to life. The code for the project is written in Python and controls the light and color of the snowman.
5. Control your outside Christmas lights
It’s not real Christmas until you light up the neighborhood with your holiday lights. But what is the best way to control them? The Raspberry Pi takes the top spot on the list; when used in conjunction with the necessary relays, GPIO can be used.
You will agree that the instructions and videos above provide stunning results. This is the first of four parts in a series that you must follow if you want to get the results achieved in this way. So don’t miss Raspberry Pi Christmas Light Control Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.
6. Digital photo frame tree decoration
Most Christmas decorations are quite beautiful. Gold, red, maybe blues and silver, depending on preference. Having a color scheme is a great idea… but is it enough? Surely there is some way to «decorate» Christmas decorations?