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DIY Torch Light – Simple Circuit

I can’t take the credit for this one as my 9 year old made it in school last year, but it’s just too good not to have on Science Sparks. I love that it’s more than just a circuit. One of my daughters made a long torch and the other a head torch. Both are made using a simple circuit with a paperclip switch.

What you need to make a DIY torch with a switch

Pringles tube and lid

Card cut into a cone shape with foil over the top

Double sided tape

Instructions

Carefully make two small holes in the side of the Pringles tube. These are for the split pins to go through and will form the switch.

Make sure you have a wire attached to each end of the battery holder and use double sided tape to attach the battery holder to the inside bottom or side of the Pringles tube.

Push the the end of one wire from the battery holder through one hole and secure with a split pin.

Take the spare wire and push one end of this through the second hole and secure with the second split pin.

The two wire ends left need to be attached to the bulb.

You should have a complete circuit apart from the gap between the split pins.

Place the paperclip over the split pin ends to check the bulb lights when the circuit is complete.

If it doesn’t work check for loose wires and try again.

Carefully make a hole through the centre of the card and foil cone and push the bulb through.

Cut the cone down to size so it fits tightly inside the top of the tube.

Place the Pringles lid on top to cover the bulb.

Small DIY torch

Carefully twist one end of the paperclip around the top split pin. You should be able to turn the bulb on and off by twisting the paperclip so it touches the second pin.

Decorate as you wish.

If you use a long Pringles tube make a door in the middle to attach your circuit.

To make a head torch attach an elastic band around the Pringles tube.

More Electricity Experiments for Kids

Learn about series circuits by making a whole street of light up houses!

Try these circuit cards from the Science Kiddo.

Safety Notice

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These activities are designed to be carried out by children working with a parent, guardian or other appropriate adult. The adult involved is fully responsible for ensuring that the activities are carried out safely.

Use a simple circuit and switch to make a DIY torch. You'll need a Pringles or other long tube, bulb, battery, wires, split pins and paperclip.

10 Minute Super Easy Dungeon Torches

Introduction: 10 Minute Super Easy Dungeon Torches

10 Minute Super Easy Dungeon Torches for Halloween and other Dungeon Events. Also could be olympic torch, or Frankenstine villager torch.

These torches look great in the light and especially in the dark. You can make several of them to decorate your dungeon in just a few minutes, with absolutely no talent or skill.

Black bristol board paper (or other large paper you could paint it with the texture of your choice)
Orange and Yellow Tissue paper
Battery operated tea light for each torch
Wall mounted tea light/candle holder that has rings to support the tealight

scissors or exacto knife
Something about 14″ around to make a circle
pencil

A roll of tape of some kind.

Step 1: Step 1: the Torch Handle

Find something about 14″ around to make a cirlcle. I used a lid off a large pan. You could use a small garbage can, a toy, or just eyeball it. You can practice on newspaper if you want to see how big of a torch you want to make before you try it with the good paper.

Trace the circle

Cut out the circle.

Curl the paper around so it is more pointed on the bottom than top, and torch-like.

Really. you are done. Repeat for each torch.

Step 2: Step 2: Making Fire

Take a sheet of orange tissue paper.
Grab the centre and crimp it.

Repeat with a yellow sheet of tissue paper.

Shove the papers and the electric tea light into the torch handle.

Empty the rings of the tea light rack, Shove your new torch into the ring of the tea light rack Tape it to the frame if desired.

TADAH you are done.

Affix your torches to your dungeon walls (here we bought stone wallpaper at the dollar store, and threw some manacles over the wall of the stairs by the front door. Turn out the lights. Instant dungeon.

for Halloween or . um role playing 🙂

10 Minute Super Easy Dungeon Torches: 10 Minute Super Easy Dungeon Torches for Halloween and other Dungeon Events. Also could be olympic torch, or Frankenstine villager torch. These torches look great in the light and especially in the dark. You can make several of them to decorate you…