Making of the Holiday Lantern




Story

I wanted to make a lantern that I can change its ‘outfits’ to different theme depending on the holiday seasons. So I make this lantern which I can change to paper covers and lighting of the lantern. A easy one would be just reuse any lighting of the desk lamps or standing lamps.

 holidaylantern




In this project, I custom make the paper cover for the 2017 Lunar New Year which is the Year of Rooster. And I use a pair of NeoPixel Rings as the lighting.

Making the Lantern

I have a 5L mineral water plastic bottle.plastic bottle

And I have a piece of color paper with patterns. This color paper is of rice paper type which is translucent.

 color paper
  • I cut the plastic bottle into two parts: the top and bottom parts.
  • Make a cylinder ‘outfit’ for the lantern using the color paper.
  • Fix the MKR1000 and NeoPixel Rings to the top part of the plastic bottle.
  • Fix the MKR1000 and NeoPixel Rings to the top part of the plastic bottle.

Connecting the NeoPixel Rings

Follow the following links to connect your NeoPixel Rings to the Arduino board. I use two rings side-by-side.

 genuino neopixel

The Code

I am using the strandtest example of the Adafruit NeoPixel library to drive the lantern. With the Arduino Web Editor, it is easy to upload the sketch to my Genuino MKR1000 board.

Step 1 : Search for the Adafruit NeoPixel library

includeneopixellibrary

Step 2: Open the strandtest example of the NeoPixel library

Step 3: Select MKR1000 board and its port

Step 4: Upload the sketch

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