How to Make DIY Christmas Lights with LEDs

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 20, 2017
How to Make DIY Christmas Lights with LEDs

Christmas lights are probably the key element when it comes to giving your Christmas decorations the finishing touch. LED lights stand out as the best choice for two reasons: Durability and cost, as they last a long time and consume very little power.

In this OneHowTo article we are going to explain how to make DIY Christmas lights with LEDs cheaply and easily at home.

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You'll need:
  • 5 colored LED lights for each point of the star
  • One 9 volt battery
  • 10 centimeters of conductive wire
  • Pliers or Pincers
  • A soldering iron
  • Tin (foil)
  • A multi-meter to check the circuit works correctly
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Steps to follow:

Here you have the circuit diagram that you will need to follow to make your DIY LED Christmas lights. This circuit is for a 5-point star, which, as you can see, is powered by a 9 volt battery.

However, this diagram can also be used as a basis to make other types of DIY Christmas decorations using your own design ideas. We'd love it if you shared your own Christmas light design at the comments section.

How to Make DIY Christmas Lights with LEDs - Step 1

In order to solder or weld the LED lights in the easiest way, you will need to make a stencil from plywood board. This should be a circle with the 5 points marked on it for the LEDs. Once this is done, place the LEDs onto the stencil.


Attach the cables to the board with sticky tape. Solder the cables together, cutting away the excess parts.


At this stage, you should connect the circuit up to the 9 volt battery to check that the circuit functions and the points of the star light up. Remember to check the polarity of the battery and the LEDs.


Take a piece of wire and solder it to the negative terminal of the 9 volt battery.

How to Make DIY Christmas Lights with LEDs - Step 5

At the positive terminal you should attach the circuit you have made with a piece of wire or copper which is the same size as the piece attached to the negative terminal.

How to Make DIY Christmas Lights with LEDs - Step 6

Finally, solder the star to the positive terminal of the battery, closing the circuit. You now have your homemade Christmas LED Star Light ready to put up and decorate your home!

For more homemade Christmas decoration ideas, why not have a read about some ways you can use recycled materials to decorate your home at Christmas You can also create your own variations of this easy DIY tutorial to make year-round decorations; they are a great way to create Hygge, or coziness, in your home.

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