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What is a Paper Circuit?

A paper circuit is a functioning electronic circuit built on a paper surface. Projects can range from greeting cards, to origami, to traditional art such as paintings or drawings. What makes them unique is the use of traditional fine art techniques to create a circuit that is combines aesthetics and functionality. Paper circuits can be built with a variety of arts and crafts materials and electronic components. Try one of our kits to get started or check out some of SparkFun’s resources and spare parts.


Check out SparkFun's Paper Circuit Kit
Paper Circuit Card Lit Up

A light-up robot project build with a SparkFun Paper Circuits Kit

Colored Paper Circuit Card
Paper Circuit Diagram
Butterfly Card
Father's Day Card
Prepped Materials
Origami Project

How-To

Learn how to put together the project included in our Paper Circuit Kits.

SparkFun Paper Circuit Kits

July 5, 2018

Learn how to build a simple paper circuit using copper tape, a 5mm LED, and a 3V coin cell battery.

The Great Big Guide to Paper Circuits

May 22, 2015

Let's take a look at different materials we can use to combine paper crafting and electronics.

SparkFun Paper Circuits Kits

SparkFun Paper Circuits Kit

SparkFun Paper Circuits Kit

KIT-15817
$14.95

Paper Circuit Materials

Individual LEDs:

LED - Basic Yellow 5mm

LED - Basic Yellow 5mm

COM-09594
$0.35
LED - Basic Red 5mm

LED - Basic Red 5mm

COM-09590
$0.35
LED - Basic Green 5mm

LED - Basic Green 5mm

COM-09592
$0.35
LED - Basic Blue 5mm

LED - Basic Blue 5mm

COM-11372
$0.55
3
LED - 5mm Cycling RGB (fast)

LED - 5mm Cycling RGB (fast)

COM-11451
$0.75
LED - 5mm Cycling RGB (slow)

LED - 5mm Cycling RGB (slow)

COM-11450
$0.75

LED Packs:

LED - Basic Red 5mm (25 pack)

LED - Basic Red 5mm (25 pack)

COM-09856
$3.35
LED - Basic Green 5mm (25 pack)

LED - Basic Green 5mm (25 pack)

COM-09855
$3.35
LED - Assorted 10 Red / 10 Yellow (20 pack)

LED - Assorted 10 Red / 10 Yellow (20 pack)

COM-10049
$2.35 $0.75
LED - Assorted (20 pack)

LED - Assorted (20 pack)

COM-12062
$3.30
8
LED Rainbow Pack - 5mm PTH

LED Rainbow Pack - 5mm PTH

COM-12903
$3.50
2
Copper Tape - Conductive Adhesive, 5mm (50ft)

Copper Tape - Conductive Adhesive, 5mm (50ft)

PRT-13827
$4.95
3
Copper Tape - Conductive Adhesive, 2" (50ft)

Copper Tape - Conductive Adhesive, 2" (50ft)

PRT-13828
$19.95
1
Coin Cell Battery - 20mm (CR2032)

Coin Cell Battery - 20mm (CR2032)

PRT-00338
$1.95

Our recommended battery for paper projects, available in the Classroom Pack or buy to complete your project kits.

Coin Cell Battery - 12mm (CR1225)

Coin Cell Battery - 12mm (CR1225)

PRT-00337
$1.95
2

This tiny battery is great for small projects like greeting cards.

Check out more LED options in our LEDs and Illumination category.

Paper Ciruit Resources

LED Butterfly Pop Up Card

August 19, 2015

Craft an illuminated butterfly pop up card with copper tape, two LEDs, and a battery.

LED Robot Pop Up Card

August 19, 2015

Craft a paper circuit pop up card with a cycling RGB LED, battery, and copper tape.

Let It Glow Holiday Cards

November 20, 2014

Craft a glowing card for friends and family this holiday season with paper circuits - no soldering required!

Light-Up Father's Day Card

June 9, 2014

Light up your dad's day with this electronic pop-up card!

Craft a Holiday Greeting with Love to Code

March 23, 2018

Craft your own paper circuit holiday greeting using the LEDs, a Chibi Chip, Love to Code!

Origami Paper Circuits

May 26, 2015

A quick tutorial to get you started in the world of light up origami flowers.

Quick Illuminated Boxes

December 16, 2013

A quick tutorial to show you how to add LEDs to gift or holiday bags or boxes.

Paper Circuit Pin

April 11, 2016

This quick craft project shows you how to create a circuit using copper tape instead of wire to light up an LED and make a wearable piece of e-craft art.

Learn how SparkFun Engineer Mary created cardboard paper circuit modules to use with micro:bit using a craft cutter, copper tape, and electronic components.