Light-Up Gnome Paper Circuit Card

In honor of NJ Makers Day, we hosted this fun DIY Gnome Light-Up Paper Circuit Card with the Warren County Library System. Circuits cards are a great way to explore electronics while also being creative with crafts. Learn to make your own with these simple instructions.


All the supplies you need for this project are also available in the Maker Shed Circuit Scout Kit, which I developed for Make: last summer. It includes 5 projects and a curriculum for educators to use in classes, afterschool programs, and camps! (Please note: These are NOT affiliate links. Want to support my work? Donate!)


  1. Gently bend the leads of an LED out from the center. The long lead is positive and the short lead is negative. Place the LED on the paper as shown.
  2. Apply conductive tape along the lines on the template and OVER the leads of the LEDs along the top (-) of the diagram. This tape will be under the battery.
  3. Make a small loop of conductive tape with the sticky side facing out. Use it to attach your battery, negative side DOWN.
  4. Apply conductive tape along the lines on the template and OVER the leads of the LEDs along the bottom (+) of the diagram. If desired, add additional tape at the end.
  5. Fold the card in half. When you press on the mushroom, the circuit will be complete and the cheeks will light up.
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Having Trouble?

  • Check for breaks or tears in the conductive tape and patch them.
  • Make sure the LEDs are connected solidly and in the correct direction.
  • Make sure the battery is not out of charge and is placed properly.
  • Add additional tape to the switch (the end of the positive path).
  • Use invisible tape over the conductive tape on the LEDs and/or battery to strengthen the attachment. Take care not to completely cover the battery. The tape from the other side must be able to connect.

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