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Do you like creating with paper? Would you like to bring your designs to life? Here's your chance to make three great light-up paper projects and learn how electrical circuits work!

Over four live sessions, we'll be making projects that combine paper artistry and electronics. Projects include:

  • Light-Up Origami Jumping Frog — Make a traditional action origami figure with eyes that glow when it's about to hop. Get a preview in the video below!
  • Light-Up Kitty Switch — Make a waving cat (or other creature of your choosing) where the circuit and the on/off switch is part of the decoration! Adapted from my book Paper Inventions.
  • Origami Infinity Mirror Box — Combine origami with optical illusion in this traditional masu box. When you light it up, a mysterious bottomless tunnel of lights appears. Inside, there's even a secret compartment for hiding small trinkets or treats!
  • Buzzing Game Board — Re-invent the board game Operation, where players must remove game pieces without setting off the alarm. Choose the theme, design the board, and build the electric circuit that makes it work.

Self-paced option: Written instructions, printable templates (where needed), and pre-recorded video tutorials will be available until Dec 31, 2022 in case you can't make a live session. It's helpful but not required to do all the sessions in order.

Supplies: The electronics can be found online. See the Supply section for a shopping list with links. Contact the instructor to see if kits are available.

Age Range


Class Meeting Dates and Times

This class will meet live September 15, 22, 29 and October 2, 2022 on Thursdays at 4pm Eastern Time / 3pm Central Time / 2pm Mountain Time / 1pm Pacific Time

Supply List

These are the materials you need to make one of each project (all four weeks). Individual lists for each week will be available on the Teachables page. Have your supplies for that week ready at the start of class to work along with the live workshop. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions!

Electronics and Special Materials:
  • LEDs with wire leads (minimum needed to make all three projects, per person)
  • 4 coin batteries such as 3-volt CR2032 coin batteries (one per project)
  • 1/4-inch wide conductive tape -- copper or nylon fabric tape with conductive glue, or cut a strip of aluminum foil duct tape from the heating aisle of hardware stores
  • 3 binder clips, 3/4-inch size (to hold batteries on)
  • 1 piece of heavy black paper, 3 inches square
  • 2 pieces, also 3 inches square, of reflective film
  • LED with wire leads
  • mini vibrating disc motor with ends stripped
  • insulated wire, about one foot long, with the ends stripped
  • 3 volt coin battery (such as CR2032)
  • metal tweezers (look in the dollar store, or make your own by bending a thin strip of cardboard in half and cover with foil)
  • aluminum foil (regular kitchen foil is fine)

Other options: The Make: Origami Paper Circuits Kit contains all the electronics and special materials — except for the wire and the tweezers — that you need.

Need last-minute supplies? LEDs can be salvaged from light strands, tea lights, or old toys or devices. You may be able to find a small vibrating motor in an old disposable toothbrush or pager. My tutorial will show you how:

Shopping Lists with Links:

Crafts supplies and recycled materials:
  • for the origami projects: regular copy paper (you may print out the templates if you wish to help with cutting and folding)
  • for the light-up creature, cardstock or construction paper is recommended
  • for the buzzing game board: thin, smooth-sided cardboard box (such as a small or medium-sized cereal or cracker box) and heavy paper, such as construction paper or cardstock


  • pen or pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • tape (any household tape)
  • markers for decorating
  • something to make game pieces: scrap cardboard, clay, beads, buttons, etc


  • scissors and/or craft knife
  • a wire stripper tool, or see other ways to strip a wire below

To strip a wire: Use a wire stripper tool like this to cut through the plastic insulation. Start about 1/2 inch from the end, and pull the tube of insulation off, leaving the metal wire inside. If you don’t have the tool, carefully pinch all the way around the insulation with regular scissors or small nail clippers. Bend the wire back and forth until the insulation separates and you can slide it off the end.

Disclosure: If you use my Amazon links I may earn a commission.

Class Interaction:

Live sessions work best with a camera and microphone. Parents will need a Zoom account (free).

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