Making the Dandelion

Make the Dandelion for your Adafruit Circuit Playground Express

Duration: ~20 minutes


  • Pipe cleaners
  • Tape (masking, duct tape, and/or packing tape)
  • A Wooden craft stick / paint stirrer stick

Materials: pipe cleaners, tape, wooden craft stick

Step 1: Make the stem

Place a group of green pipe cleaners over a wooden craft stick and use some tape to attach them to the bottom of the stick.

Stem 1.1

Stem 1.2

Step 2: Make the petals

Take a yellow pipe cleaner and thread it through the different connector pins creating the shape of a flower. You might need more then one to complete the full circle.

Petals 2.1

Petals 2.2

Petals 2.3

Petals 2.4

Step 3: Put them together

Use a small piece of tape and roll it inside out so that the sticky side on the outside. Place the tape at the top of the wooden stick and use it to stick the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express onto your dandelion.

Put together 3.1

Put together 3.2

Put together 3.3

Put together 3.4


Make sure the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express is placed so that the battery connector is at the top, and the USB connector is at the bottom. This is necessary to connect the battery pack later.

Step 4: Add a battery pack

Cut a piece of tape to attach the battery pack to the back of the dandelion. Place it around the middle of the stick so there’s enough room for the cable to reach the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express.

Battery pack 4.1

Battery pack 4.2

Battery pack 4.3

Battery pack 4.4

Step 5: Connect the battery

Connect the battery pack to your Adafruit Circuit Playground Express using the cable.

Connect 5.1

Connect 5.2


Congratulations! You have completed the dandelion make challenge.


Ready to do some coding?

Connect the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express to your computer to get started.

Connect your computer

NEXT: Start coding!