Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what's on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions
And Rainbows have nothing to hide

So we've been told, and some choose to believe it
I know they're wrong, wait and see
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

- Rainbow Connection, Kermit the Frog

Make a beautiful rainbow colored glowing bottle lamp with fairy lights inside. You don't need to catch actual fairies, or chase down a real rainbow, but it will look as though you did! Decorate it with your favorite stickers and place it on your windowsill, and I guarantee you it will attract both rainbows and fairies into your life.

We decorated ours with an Ada Lovelace sticker. Ada Lovelace is famous for being the world's first computer programmer - she wrote computer programs before computers even existed! I think she deserves to have some art made for her.

Difficulty Level

This is a very easy beginner project that's perfect to do with kids who are interested in learning about making things light up. The assembly is easy enough for kids as young as 4-5 (with a little help from an adult). Kids that young can also pick their own colors with the MakeCode drag-and-drop app, and slightly older school-aged kids will have fun coding the whole project by themselves.

If you're a Grown Up Kid like me who still loves rainbows and fairies, this is a great place to get introduced to programmable lights, and you'll end up with a stunning piece of art when you're done. Let's get crafty and make stuff light up!

Supplies Needed

From the Adafruit shop, you'll need a Circuit Playground Base Kit and a strand of fairy lights. There are also a lot of fun stickers to choose from for decoration! I've linked to my favorite, a sticker of Ada Lovelace, below. Search in our shop to see all the fun options.

Circuit Playground Express - Base Kit

PRODUCT ID: 3517
It's the Circuit Playground Express Base Kit! It provides the few things you'll need to get started with the new
$29.95
IN STOCK

Wire Light LED Strand - 10 Warm White LEDs + Coin Cell Holder

PRODUCT ID: 893
Add sparkle to your project with these lovely silver wire LED strands. These strands are very interesting, they use two silver wires that are coated so they don't short if they...
$4.95
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Ada Lovelace, large, oval, color - Sticker!

PRODUCT ID: 701
Celebrate Lady Ada Lovelace, one of the world’s first computer programmers. Adafruit offers a fun and exciting stickers to celebrate achievement for electronics, science and...
$5.00
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You'll also need a bottle. Frosted bottles look the best, because the frosted coating will diffuse the light and make the whole bottle shine with rainbow lights. You can find these online or at craft stores, or get creative and re-use wine bottles or barbecue sauce bottles or whatever you can find. 

If you found the perfect bottle but it's not frosted, look at your local hardware store or online for "Frosted Glass Spray Paint". There are several brands available, and one can is enough to frost dozens of bottles. 

This guide was first published on Oct 06, 2020. It was last updated on Oct 06, 2020.
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