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MakeFashion Edu: Spikes and Horns

August 28, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

Become a Dinosaur with a Plastic Bag

We all wanted to be a dinosaur at one point or another, I know I did! Now you can be a dinosaur any day you choose (and help the planet while doing it!). Learn how to upcycle used plastic bags and fashion it into a wearable spiky spine you can add on top of your clothing.

Want more? Using a MOSFET and some bright LEDs, we will also show you how to make a simple touch signal circuit that will use your body as a conductor. You can add this circuit to control when your spikes will light up with a simple touch of your finger, elbows, knees or toes!

The light up spikes are not only decorative, but also communicative! Get a dinosaur pack together and you can send Morse code through your spikes!

WATCH LIVE on the Family Maker Camp Facebook page or on the Kids Make: Youtube channel.

Once you know how to make the circuit, you could add it to cosplay costumes, home lightning, or build a puzzle feeder for your dog!

Gather your supplies to follow along.

Materials from around the house (not shown on Dino Spikes Amazon list):
  • Plastic shopping bags (1- 4)
  • 1 piece cardboard, approximately 2 inches by 5 inches
Materials (also shown on Dino Spikes Amazon list):
  • Parchment paper, 2 pieces approximately 8 inches x 11 inches or larger
  • 9 Jumper test leads with alligator clip ends
  • 1 Mosfet
  • 3 pieces Aluminum foil, approximately 2 inches square
  • 1-2 meters fairy wire (preferably broken- we’re going to hack it!)
  • The battery holder might be included with your fairy wire, but if not, get these:
    • 1 Double AA battery holder- holds three
    • 3 Double AA batteries
Dino Spikes Amazon List

  • 1 Ironing board or thick towel + flat surface
  • 1 Iron
  • 1 pair of Scissors
  • 1 Marker
  • 2-3 Circular objects around the home to trace in varying sizes (cups, bowls, vases, etc)
  • Adhesive: Stapler, tape, or hot glue (whatever’s at home)
Optional Decoration Supplies:
  • Paint, Markers
  • Ribbon, glitter, gems, aluminum foil
  • Decorative small items to repurpose around the home
Optional Attachment to Wearable and Body:
  • Velcro/ velcro dots / safety pins
  • Soldering set up
  • Glove (got ones that are missing their buddy?)
  • Ribbon, and/or string

For more information:
Facebook: @MakeFashionCa
Instagram: @makefashionedu
Youtube: MakeFashion Edu
Twitter: @MakeFashionEdu


August 28, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
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