It's that time of the year again! And, what better way to enjoy the season than with the Adafruit MagTag and NeoPixel LEDs! You can light it up and display an image on the handy eInk display.

This project is a super simple way to turn your MagTag into a festive light display. There is no soldering required - the MagTag comes with a convenient JST port designed to work with 3-pin JST NeoPixel strips. You simply need to plug in the strip to get started. CircuitPython makes programming it really easy. Plug it into your computer, copy the libraries, edit the code, and you're all set to go.

This guide will show you how to assemble a light-up wreath using the Adafruit MagTag and a one meter NeoPixel strip. It will explain how to install CircuitPython and the necessary libraries. Finally, it will show you all of the customisable options available to you in the code so you can make the project your own.

This project requires more power than can be provided by a small lipoly battery, so it is suggested that you power it from a wall plug using an appropriate USB type C cable or adapter.

Parts

Angled shot of Adafruit MagTag development board with ESP32-S2 and E-Ink display.
The Adafruit MagTag combines the new ESP32-S2 wireless module and a 2.9" grayscale E-Ink display to make a low-power IoT display that can show data on its screen even when power...
$34.95
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Angled shot of four magnet feet.
Got a glorious RGB Matrix project you want to mount and display in your workspace or home? If you have one of the matrix panels listed below, you'll need a pack of these...
$2.50
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Adafruit NeoPixel LED Strip with 3-pin JST Connector lit up rainbow
Plug in and glow, this Adafruit NeoPixel LED Strip with JST PH Connector has 30 total LEDs and is 1 meter long, in classy Adafruit...
$12.50
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Alternately, instead of purchasing the MagTag and Mini Magnet Feet separately, you could purchase the MagTag starter kit, which includes the magnet feet. Either way, you still need to purchase the LED strip separately.

MagTag dev board with enclosure pieces, four magnet feet, and lipoly battery
The Adafruit MagTag combines the new ESP32-S2 wireless module and a 2.9" grayscale E-Ink display to make a low-power IoT display that can show data on its screen...
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Options for Power

  • Plug it into a wall plug using an appropriate cable or adapter. One possible combination is shown below.
USB Type A to Type C Cable - approx 1 meter / 3 ft long
As technology changes and adapts, so does Adafruit. This  USB Type A to Type C cable will help you with the transition to USB C, even if you're still...
$4.95
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5V 2A Switching Power Supply with  USB-A Connector
Our 5V 2A USB power adapter is the perfect choice for powering single-board computers like Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, or anything else that's power-hungry!This adapter was...
$7.95
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Additional Parts

  • Wreath or other festive item to hold LEDs and MagTag. You can be creative here!
  • Zip-ties or other appropriate mounting option to attach the LEDs and MagTag to the chosen festive item.

This guide was first published on Dec 02, 2020. It was last updated on Dec 02, 2020.

This page (Overview) was last updated on Jan 16, 2022.

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