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7 Clever DIY Christmas Trees to Add Sparkle to Celebrations

Christmas traditions vary from culture to culture, but one thing unites us all: the Christmas tree. Year after year, year after year, millions globally vie for the best artificial pine and later customize it with twinkling lights to usher in the eagerly awaited annual holiday.

But while a standard Christmas tree does the job, you don’t have to settle for one. Christmas trees have evolved with all kinds of decorations, and by using components like the Arduino, you can make them special. To give you some ideas, here are seven great DIY Christmas trees to add some spark to the festivities.

1. Smart Christmas tree with ESP

Christmas lights add sparkle to even the faintest of fake pine trees. However, to make the lights more adjustable, you can upgrade them to an app control state. This way, you can make it shine and blink exactly when you want it, turn some LED off and on, or even turn it off when it’s time to hit the leaves.

You don’t have to be a tech savvy to make it happen. Everything you need to turn traditional Christmas lights into smart lights that you can control is included in this Instruction Manual.

2. The Christmas tree that beats in your heart

Smartphone-controlled Christmas lights are cool, but you know what’s even cooler? Christmas tree lights that glow in sync with your heartbeat. It will be an excellent gift for your loved one.

By following the steps in this Huster guide, you can create one. It has a sensor that visually measures the blood pumped through your veins and converts it into a heartbeat which is then transmitted to the Christmas tree. There are more technical aspects to this, but everything you need, from the code, to the step-by-step DIY process, is well detailed in the linked tutorial mentioned earlier. As you think of ideas for your loved ones, here’s more Thoughtful DIY Gifts.

3. Alexa powered Christmas tree

Another great way to control your Christmas tree light is to connect it to Alexa. Yes, you read it correctly! We’re talking about an Alexa-controlled Christmas tree! You can turn the Christmas tree lights on and off, or even control their flashing patterns using just your voice.

And typical of Alexa-powered tech, it’s smart, too. When you command it to render without selecting more, it automatically reviews the last color combination you used and gives you a file light show You like it. You can track its status based on the lighting as well – if it blinks red once, you’re having connection setup issues, if it blinks red twice, it indicates a failed IoT connection. Check out more details at Hackster tutorial.

4. Lyrical Christmas Tree

Every year, people from different neighborhoods compete for who has the best Christmas tree. If that’s the tradition in your apartment building, build this singing Christmas tree and it will strike everyone and leave them in awe.

The singing tree has a mouth that opens and closes and a pair of eyes that move when it sings. And although it looks complicated, it is very easy to build. In fact, you’ll be using easy-to-find materials like cardboard and pipe cleaners for the project. Find more details at Instruction Manual.

Are you looking for some of the most easy-to-build projects? check this out Raspberry Pi Christmas projects you can do in one day.

5. Christmas Carol with OLED and Bell

Don’t have Alexa access but want a voice-controlled Christmas tree? this is Huster guide He just has the perfect option. It uses an Arduino-controlled OLED display that displays “Merry Christmas” and a beautiful snowflake effect. This DIY tree also plays a melody, and you can use voice commands to control the lighting patterns, as shown in the video above. here more Arduino projects for beginners You can try it out.

6. Christmas tree with lights controlled by voice command

We found another great shot of a voice-controlled Christmas tree. However, it is not dependent on Alexa. Instead, it uses an Arduino, paired with a voice recognition shield that lets you tap your smartphone’s sensor and transmit audio data between it and the LED strip via Bluetooth. Results? The LED strip can recognize and respond to voice commands.

The LED strip used here has eight lighting modes, allowing for nearly endless color combinations when customizing your lighting displays. check the Hackster tutorial to build this project.

7. Smart Christmas Tree with CircuitPython

Christmas lighting doesn’t have to be loud and clear. Using the Bluefruit board from Circuit Playground, CircuitPython software, a Bluetooth connection and an Adafruit based app, you can control the overall brightness of your Christmas tree lights.

With it, you can also create any LED animation design you can imagine, by changing the style, speed and color. And you don’t have to be some kind of creative genius to pull it off because once you have collected all the supplies, instructions and code they are well detailed in Instruction Manual.

LED Safety Instructions

All of the above projects make cool and unique Christmas lights. But most of them involve working with LEDs. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind while trying LED based projects:

  • Make sure you have the correct LEDs: Before attempting any LED based project, make sure the LEDs are of the appropriate length and wattage. And for your project to turn out the way you want it to, find one of the colors you like on your Christmas tree. You can also learn How to make RGB LED lights display DIY colors.
  • Check for damage: Even if you bought it, check to make sure there is no damage. Look for cracks or exposed wires as not only is it dangerous to work with, but it can also result in a Christmas tree not lit uniformly.
  • Lay out the plan: Low hanging LED lights pose a tripping hazard and may be tampered with by small children or pets. Therefore, be sure to carefully plan where your tree will go.

Create your own amazing Christmas tree

Christmas trees are a quintessential tradition. But that doesn’t mean you need to go the old school way. You can choose a smaller tree instead of the huge tree perched on the fireplace and make your own into any of the adorable Christmas trees covered here.

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