The holiday season can give us a great opportunity to work on DIY projects. Making your own Christmas decorations for your home is a great way to use your talents.
In this article, you’ll find some fun ideas for Christmas themed electronics builds, most of which are under $5, making it perfect for people who don’t want to mess up their budget this Christmas.
1 Giant Christmas Star
The first idea on our list today combines budget thinking with simple design to make something that looks fantastic.
This New Year’s Christmas star is big enough to impress and looks a lot more professional than the sum of its parts. The simple design is explained by Crystal on littlebitfunky.com and uses cheap wooden rulers to create a star shape that creates a frame for the lights to wrap around. The best? This build costs less than $5.
2. Piezo Arduino jukebox
Building your own mini Christmas jukebox is easier than you think, especially if you already have an Arduino. This simple circuit from YouTuber Andy Tran uses simple, cheap components that cost only a cent (and are usually found in Arduino starter kits) to bring the Christmas touch!
Along with the buzzer, an LED flashes during the music and three more LEDs light up in sequence to add to the effect. Music is taken care of by converting MIDI files into library compatible data tones Arduino, using the web tool listed in the video description.
3. Website hit counter
Let the bells ring for Christmas hits! In this case, we are talking about blogs, and the Instructables user is calling Arduino alex_weber !
This original build uses an Arduino Uno board (although you can use pretty much any other Arduino IDE compatible board) and a servo to ring a Christmas bell every time you visit the manufacturer’s blog.