In this project we’ll show you how to build a coffee cup lamp using an Adafruit Circuit Playground Express and Microsoft Makecode.


We'll design our lamp out of a paper cup and use capacitive touch to change the colors of the LEDs!


You can build your own capacitive touch pads using conductive tape.


So get ready to go on an adventure and learn how to craft your own paper cup lamp!

Program your Circuit Playground Express using code blocks in Microsoft Makecode.


Drag and drop to create interactive lights that change colors by using the sensors and inputs on-board the circuit playground.


Get inspired to make paper crafts of your favorite characters and build a scene straight out the tree fort!

Prerequisite Guides


There's resources in these guides that go beyond what's covered in this tutorial. MakeCode guide is all about setting up your Circuit Playground Express board.


TheCircuit Playground Express introduction guide walks you through all of the pinouts, sensors and everything you need to know.


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You'll need conductive tape, you can use either copper foil or conductive nylon tape:

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1 x Foam Tape
Foam Tape
1 x Paper Coffee Cup with Lid (12oz)
Paper Coffee Cup with Lid (12oz)
1 x Scissors

This guide was first published on Jan 07, 2019. It was last updated on Jan 07, 2019.

This page (Overview) was last updated on Dec 26, 2018.

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