Although people may have mixed feelings about snow, I think we can all agree that snow globes are pretty sweet. You can make one that’s even sweeter than the average globe using a Circuit Playground Express board and MakeCode to have a musical NeoPixel orb of holiday fun!

The Circuit Playground Express is a great board for this project since it has so many modules that you can control without any extra wiring. It’s also the perfect form factor to hide away snuggly in the base of your snow globe along with a battery to keep the fun powered on.

You can write code to easily control these modules with MakeCode, a visual coding app from Microsoft. MakeCode uses drag and drop blocks, like Scratch, to code rather than typing in a coding language. Of course, you can also use JavaScript with MakeCode as well if you really want to give your keyboard a workout.

1 x Circuit Playground Express
Electronics for the project
1 x Lithium Ion Polymer Battery - 3.7v 500mAh
Battery to power the Circuit Playground Express
This guide was first published on Dec 13, 2017. It was last updated on Oct 17, 2018. This page (Introduction) was last updated on Dec 13, 2017.