Upgrade your Dioramas with Circuit Scribe

Olivia MudongBasic Electronics, Schools & Makerspaces, Using Circuit Scribe

A diorama is a fun way to create a one-of-a-kind 3D scene. You can make a scene of nature, a scene from a book, or a completely imaginary scene just for fun! Adding Circuit Scribe to you diorama allows you to incorporate light, movement, and sound. Here are six ways to add Circuit Scribe to just about any diorama.

Add a ceiling of stars

Materials and tools:

  • Black construction paper
  • Tape
  • Steel sheets
  • Circuit Scribe pen
  • Circuit Scribe stencil
  • An even number of LED modules
  • One battery module
  • Scissors or an X-acto knife

1. Draw a circuit for the LEDs that will hang on the ceiling. In order to make your stars shine bright, the LEDs should be connected in parallel.

2.Cut a small hole in the top of the box for the battery to stick out of.

3. Tape steel plates to the top of the box.

4. Tape the circuit on top of the steel plate. Place the LEDs and battery in their spots.

5. Illuminate your diorama!

Make a carousel of characters

Materials and tools:

  • Construction paper
  • Cardboard
  • Cardstock
  • One battery module
  • One potentiometer module
  • One motor module
  • Cutouts of your characters
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Circuit scribe pen
  • Circuit scribe stencil

1. Draw a circuit for the motor, battery, and potentiometer.

2. Cut out characters from a book, print them out, or design your own. If your characters are on thin or flimsy paper, you can glue them to cardstock to give them more structure. Cut out two strips of cardstock for each character, approximately 1/2 inch wide

3. Glue the top 1/2 inch of the cardstock to the back of the characters. Bend the unglued part of the cardstock at a 90 degree angle.

4. Cut a circle of cardboard about 4 inches in diameter. Glue the cardstock on the characters backs to the top and bottom of the circle.

5. Tape or glue the blue foam piece that comes with your motor to the bottom of the cardboard so it will turn.

6. OPTIONAL: Add decoration like a tree to the top of your carousel.

7. Assemble your circuit and watch your characters spin!

Add a light-up building or house

Materials and Tools:

  • Parchment paper
  • Construction paper
  • One tri-LED module
  • One battery module
  • Scissors or an X-acto knife
  • Circuit scribe pen
  • Circuit scribe stencil

1. Draw a circuit with paper buttons

2. Make cuts between the buttons and fold them up.

3. Make a house with parchment paper windows.

4. Put your components on the paper and put your house on top of the tri-LED. Now you can push your buttons and watch your house light up!

Add a river with blue LEDs

Materials and Tools:

  • Blue constriction paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Battery module
  • Timer module
  • 6 LEDs
  • Circuit scribe pen
  • Circuit scribe stencil
  • Black ink pen or marker
  • Steel sheet

1.Draw out the circuit for the LEDs

2. Put the paper on the steel sheet and connect all of your modules.

3. Take a smaller piece of blue construction paper and push down on the LEDs to mark their placement. Use a hole puncher to make holes where the LEDs were on the construction paper.

4. Draw lines to look like flowing water and put the construction paper back on top of the LEDs

Add a LED dance floor with buzzer music

Materials and Tools:

  • Ruler
  • LED modules
  • Buzzer modules
  • Timer module
  • Battery module
  • Paper
  • Glue 
  • Hole puncher
  • Circuit scribe pen
  • Steel sheet
  • Circuit scribe stencil

1.Draw your circuit and attach your modules with a steel sheet underneath

2. Create speakers out of paper. Cut your paper to make a box, glue it together, and decorate the front.

3. Make an elevated dance floor. This dance floor will sit on top of your LEDs so make sure its big enough to fill the space. 

4. Put the dance floor on top of the LEDs and push down to make an indentation where the LEDs are. Use a hole punch to make holes where these indentations are.

5. Turn it on and get ready to party!

Add a spinning disco ball to the roof

Materials and Tools:

  • Cardboard
  • Ping pong ball
  • Paper
  • Skewer 
  • Shiny scrapbook paper or aluminum foil
  • Motor module
  • Potentiometer module
  • Hot glue
  • Glue
  • Printer 
  • X-Acto knife or scissors
  • Steel sheet (mini works best)
  • Circuit Scribe pen
  • Circuit scribe stencil
  • Sharpie (optional)

1. Make a disco ball. Cut the shiny paper into tiny shapes and glue them all on your ping pong ball. If your ping pong ball is a bright color, you may want to use a sharpie to color it black first

2. Draw out a circuit like the one in the picture below. Attach your modules with the steel sheet underneath.

3. Hot glue the skewer to your ping pong ball. Cut a small hole in the top of your diorama and put the skewer through this hole. Cut a small piece of cardboard (about 2”x2”) and create a hole in the middle. Put the skewer through the hole of the cardboard on the outside of your box and glue the cardboard to your skewer. Make sure not to glue the cardboard to the top of the box. Only to the skewer. 

4. Make gears. Print out the pdf and glue it to your cardboard. Then cut out the shape of the gears. If your cardboard isn’t thick enough or if you want more support, you can glue two pieces of cardboard together before you cut out your gears. Poke a hole in the middle of each gear

5. Attach your gears. Put the smaller gear on top of the motor module. Put the skewer through the larger gear, align it with the height of the smaller gear and glue it in place.

6. Turn on your motor and get ready to disco.