Overview

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)

Flexible Silicone Neon-like Skinny NeoPixel LED Strip

PRODUCT ID: 4310
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...
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Adafruit NeoPixel LED Side Light Strip - Black 60 LED

PRODUCT ID: 3636
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
IN STOCK

Adafruit NeoPixel LED Side Light Strip - Black 90 LED

PRODUCT ID: 3635
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

Adafruit GEMMA M0 - Miniature wearable electronic platform

PRODUCT ID: 3501
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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Tilt ball switch

PRODUCT ID: 173
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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JST-PH Battery Extension Cable - 500mm

PRODUCT ID: 1131
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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Lithium Ion Polymer Battery - 3.7v 500mAh

PRODUCT ID: 1578
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 battery...
$7.95
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Breadboard-friendly SPDT Slide Switch

PRODUCT ID: 805
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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Silicone Cover Stranded-Core Ribbon Cable - 10 Wire 1 Meter Long

PRODUCT ID: 3890
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

Slice Craft Knife with Ceramic Blade

PRODUCT ID: 4306
Cut through materials like a boss with the elegant Slice Craft Knife, a safer cutter with a ceramic blade. This ergonomic...
$12.50
IN STOCK

Helping Third Hand Magnifier W/Magnifying Glass Tool

PRODUCT ID: 291
The classic 'third hand tool,' as seen on every desk! We have one next to our Panavise jr, they complement each other well. This tool is good...
$6.00
IN STOCK

Panavise Jr.

PRODUCT ID: 151
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...
$30.00
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Multi-Colored Heat Shrink Pack - 3/32" + 1/8" + 3/16" Diameters

PRODUCT ID: 1649
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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Hakko Professional Quality 20-30 AWG Wire Strippers

PRODUCT ID: 527
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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Flush diagonal cutters

PRODUCT ID: 152
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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Digital Genuine Hakko FX-888D (936 upgrade)

PRODUCT ID: 1204
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. This page (Overview) was last updated on Sep 16, 2019.