Light Up Ears

In this project we’ll show you how to make your own set of light up Mickey Ears. 

We made it so they flash like fireworks when you shake your head. 

In this learn guide, you'll see how to wire up the electronics to make your own set of NeoPixel Mickey Ears.

Flexible Neon NeoPixel Strips

These are really bright LEDs that look a lot like neon lights. They’re Adafruit NeoPixel Strips with extra thick silicone so the diffusion looks really nice. They’re individually addressable, so you can create really nice animations.

Shake to Sparkle

Motion activated LED animations can be done in a number of different ways. In this guide, a tilt-switch is used to trigger LED animations. This build will use MakeCode to program the hardware!

Wearable Ear Hats

We got these mickey ears from Disney World, but you could use whatever you like. These mickey shorts style of ears feature pre-made holes just behind the ear cups.

Prerequisite Guides

There's resources in these guides that go beyond what's covered in this tutorial. The introduction guides walks you through all of the pinouts and setting up MakeCode with Adafruit's supported board.

Parts List

Here's a list of parts. You'll need to choose your NeoPixel LED strip – There's a few different densities and styles to pick from.

NeoPixel LED Strips (Pick one)

Hand flexing Flexible Silicone Neon-like Skinny NeoPixel LED Strip
You love NeoPixels, and you love silicone diffusion? Peep this Flexible Silicone Neon-like Skinny NeoPixel LED Strip! OK it's a bit of a mouthful, but check...
$34.95
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Top down view of an Adafruit NeoPixel Digital RGB  60 LED-per-meter strip.
Fancy new side light LED strips are a great alternative for folks who have loved and used Adafruit LED strips for a few years but want gorgeous, glowy light emitting at...
$17.95
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Top down view anAdafruit NeoPixel Digital RGB 90 LED-per-meter strip.
Fancy new side light LED strips are a great alternative for folks who have loved and used Adafruit LED strips for a few years but want gorgeous, glowy light emitting at...
$26.95
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Adafruit GEMMA M0 – https://www.adafruit.com/product/3501

Battery, Switch and Wires

Pink polished fingers holding a Adafruit GEMMA M0 - Miniature wearable electronic platform.
The Adafruit Gemma M0 is a super small microcontroller board, with just enough built-in to create many simple projects. It may look small and cute: round, about the...
$9.95
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Metal cylinder with two wires sticking out
The "poor man's" accelerometer! Tilt sensors are switches that can detect basic motion/orientation. The metal tube has a little metal ball that rolls around in it, when...
$2.00
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Front shot of JST-PH Battery Extension Cable.
By popular demand, we now have a handy extension cord for all of our JST-terminated battery packs (such as our LiIon/LiPoly and 3xAAA holders). One end has a JST-PH socket, and the...
$1.95
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Angled shot of a Lithium Ion Polymer Battery 3.7V 500mAh with JST-PH connector.
Lithium-ion polymer (also known as 'lipo' or 'lipoly') batteries are thin, light, and powerful. The output ranges from 4.2V when completely charged to 3.7V. This...
$7.95
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Breadboard-friendly SPDT Slide Switch
These nice switches are perfect for use with breadboard and perfboard projects. They have 0.1" spacing and snap in nicely into a solderless breadboard. They're easy to switch...
$0.95
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10 wire Silicone Cover Stranded-Core Ribbon Cable
For those who are fans of our silicone-covered wires, but are always looking to up their wiring game. We now have Silicone Cover Ribbon cables! These may look...
$3.95
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Tools

Hand holding Craft Knife with Ceramic Blade
Discontinued - you can grab Canary Stainless Steel Non-Stick Cardboard Box Cutter
Out of Stock
Third Hand Magnifier with two alligator grabbers and Magnifying Glass
The classic 'third hand tool,' as seen on every desk! We have one next to our Panavise jr, they complement each other well. This...
$6.00
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Smallish table-vise with adjustable jaws and universal joint
The best mini-vise for working on smaller PCBs (2.875" or less in one dimension)! The jaws are strong plastic that wont damage the PCB and doesn't mind if you hit it with the...
$37.00
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Array of many colorful heatshrink tubes.
Heat shrink is the duct tape of electronics which I guess makes this heat shrink the colorful and exciting duct tape they sell at craft stores.  This heat shrink comes in six...
$4.95
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Red and black multi-size wire stripplers, closed
These are the finest wire strippers we have used, and if you have to do a lot of wiring, you will agree! They have soft rounded grips - very comfortable to use, and precision ground...
$14.95
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Red and black diagonal flush cutters
These are the best diagonal cutters, large super-comfortable grip to use and have strong nippers for perfect trimming of wires and leads. I've used my pair every day for years.
$7.25
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Two piece adjustable soldering iron with blobby temperature adjustable body and separate fancy holder
Known by engineers for making excellent quality tools & soldering irons! This is a genuine Hakko FX-888D with digital temperature control! We worked hard to get...
$129.95
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This guide was first published on Sep 04, 2019. It was last updated on Sep 04, 2019.

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