Road to Santa Claus

Waiting for Santa? Count down to his arrival with this MKR1000 device.

Things used in this project

Hardware components

Road to Santa Claus Kit
Arduino Road to Santa Claus Kit
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Software apps and online services

Arduino IDE
Arduino IDE
Arduino Web Editor
Arduino Web Editor

Hand tools and fabrication machines

Vinyl glue
Hot glue gun (generic)
Hot glue gun (generic)


Let’s start to build it!

  • place all the material on a flat surface


  • insert the two pieces of wood numbered 2 trough the holes of the piece number 1 (the numbers should go on the internal side of the box).


  • attach the side parts of wood with a small quantity of vinyl glue.

  • peel the sticker and attach it to the front side of the wood number 1, aligning the white part of the sticker with the hole of the LEDs.


  • take the LED strip and attach to the hole, put the white sticker on the back so it remain firmly attached.

Attach pins from the LED strip to the MKR1000:

  • Red cable on 5v Pin of the MKR1000
  • Black cable of the ground to the ground pin of the MKR1000
  • Brown cable to pin 6 of the MKR1000.

Double check the correct position of the pins, especially 5v and ground.

  • put the micro USB cable trough the hole on the side wood piece.

  • connect the cable to the MKR1000 and the other side to the power supply.

The MKR1000 will boot. A red stripe is shown during the boot process, once done a flash green will show up. Now the MKR1000 is ready. From your smartphone, connect to the Wi-Fi called Road-To-Santa.

Once connected your web browser and open this address:, a small interface with two buttons will open. Use the buttons to move back a forward the LED.

Have Fun!




Source : Road to Santa Claus


About The Author

Ibrar Ayyub

I am an experienced technical writer with a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan University. I have written for various industries, mainly home automation, and engineering. I have a clear and simple writing style and am skilled in using infographics and diagrams. I am a great researcher and is able to present information in a well-organized and logical manner.

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