Circuit Stickers are electronic stickers that you can use to build glowing, sensing, and interactive projects without any complicated equipment or programming skills. Use them to add electronics to any stick-friendly surface: paper, fabric, plastic, etc. The sky‘s the limit, all you need is your imagination!
Building circuits with them is fun and easy -- just stick them onto a surface like you would with a normal sticker, and build up a circuit by sticking several stickers together and adding a battery. They’re an approachable way to learn and create electronics through craft, whether you’re just starting out with circuits or creating complex interactive artworks.
Robot card: blushes when you press on its heart, with "Thank You!" spelled using circuitry
This starter kit includes all you need to get started with circuit sticker.
12 white LED stickers
6 each of red, yellow, and blue LED stickers
1 roll of copper tape (5 meters)
2 CR2032 coin cell batteries
2 small binder clips
1 swatch of conductive plastic
1 swatch of Z-conductive tape
1 English copy of the "Circuit Sticker Sketchbook" by Jie Qi, an introductory guide to using circuit stickers.
What can I make with Circuit Stickers?
Circuit stickers are light, paper-thin and flexible circuit boards cut into small, fun shapes with anisotropic conductive adhesive on the back. The adhesive sticks to most surfaces and can be used with virtually any conductive materials as “wiring”-- such as conductive threads and paints or even wires and aluminum foil from your kitchen.
We provide a roll of copper tape as a starter because it is easy to use and sticks virtually to anything. It's also very soft, conductive and solderable, so you can make the circuit as big as you want. If you run out of copper tape, you can get more at your local hardware store in the gardening section-- it's normally used to keep snails and slugs out of the garden!
You can re-stick Circuit Stickers a few times, just like regular stickers. We also provide extra anisotropic conductive adhesive to "re-sticker" old stickers. Advanced users can also solder to the stickers for more permanent works.
Using these diverse materials, you can start putting electronics anywhere! Make interactive electronic murals for your ceilings, walls and windows. Create touch-sensitive plants that glow, or a light yourself up with conductive body paint. You can even create artwork with the circuitry itself!
What if I’ve never made a circuit before?
No worries! We have been working with educators to create the Circuit Sticker Sketchbook, a guidebook that will walk you through making basic LED circuits, DIY paper switches and a pressure sensor. You can complete the circuits right on the pages of the book-- like a coloring book except now you're coloring with electronics. When you're done, you will have an interactive sketchbook of functioning circuits!
Create circuits right inside the Circuit Sketchbook
Who are circuit stickers for?
Anyone who wants to start building interactive projects! We’ve run workshops all over the world and gotten very positive responses from designers, artists, engineers, kids, students, and teachers. Now we’re excited to bring them to you, and see what you can make with them!
Many have enjoyed creating with Circuit Stickers including the Girl Scouts, National Writing Project teachers, FOO and the Exploratorium Tinkering Studio.
We’ve designed Circuit Stickers to be as easy-to-use as possible, so you don’t need a background in electronics to get started--our interactive sketchbook will teach you the basics. Technically advanced users can program Circuit Stickers and even integrate traditional electronics to create more complex works. Circuit Stickers are also made the work well with a wide range of materials, so you can use whatever art and craft techniques that are most fun and familiar to you!
Circuit Stickers are made with lead-free materials, but make sure to keep these small parts away from small children--they’re not good to eat!
Have more creative ideas on circuit stickers? Need any help when using circuit stickers? You are welcomed to write your words on the chibitronics forum