How to Wire Your Home with Straws and Tape


Wiring your home with straws and tape may sound silly, but it's actually a fun DIY project that can teach you a lot about electrical circuits and conductivity. With just some basic materials, you can set up a simple circuit to power small devices like LED lights.

In this comprehensive guide, I'll walk you through step-by-step instructions on how to wire your home using straws and tape. We'll cover:

What You'll Need

Setting Up the Circuit

Fun Projects to Try

By the end, you'll have the knowledge and skills to wire up simple circuits with straws that can power fun electronics. The principles you learn doing this can provide a solid foundation for more advanced electrical projects down the line. So let's get started!

What You'll Need

Wiring your home with straws doesn't require many materials. Here's a quick look at what you'll need:



Safety Tips

Working with electricity always requires some safety precautions:

Okay, with the basics covered, let's start wiring!

Connecting the Power Source

The first step is to connect our power source to the straw circuit. Here's how:

  1. Cut two 6 inch sections of wire using the wire strippers.

  2. Strip 1/4 inch of insulation off both ends of each wire.

  3. Twist the exposed metal on each wire end. This helps make good connections.

  4. Attach one wire to the positive terminal on the battery pack. Tape it securely in place.

  5. Attach the other wire to the negative terminal. Tape it too.

Now we have two live wires ready to connect to our straws!

Remember: The positive wire carries current to our circuits, while the negative wire returns current back from the circuit.

Building Parallel Circuits

Next, we need to build the actual electrical circuits from straws.

The basic approach is:

By joining multiple straw segments with wires, we can build parallel circuits to power multiple devices.

Some tips:

With practice, you'll get the hang of arranging straws to create a complete circuit.

Incorporating Switches

To control our straw circuits, we can incorporate switches:

Position your switches anywhere along the straw wire path to control the flow of electricity.

You can also easily make a multi-position rotary switch using straws and a paper fastener. Just overlap straw ends and poke the fastener through to rotate.

Fun Projects to Try

Now let's put this knowledge to use by wiring up some fun electronics projects!

Lighting Up an LED

LEDs are simple to power using a straw circuit:

  1. Connect an LED's positive leg to the positive wire.
  2. Connect the negative leg to a straw along the circuit.

Attach a resistor like a section of pencil lead to limit current. Put a switch in series to turn it on and off!

Making a Doorbell

Wire a simple doorbell with straws:

  1. Make a closed circuit with a switch.
  2. Connect a buzzer or LED across the switch.
  3. Open the switch by attaching a paper clip across the door frame.
  4. When the door is opened, the paper clip detaches and the buzzer sounds!

Building a Light Switch

Make wires leading to a light or LED. Install a clothespin switch by the entrance to your room. Clip them to the straws to turn the light on. Unclip to turn it off!


While straw and tape circuits have their limitations, they provide a fun way to learn about the fundamentals of wiring and electricity. Start simple, be safe, and get creative.

The skills you pick up making straw circuits can be applied to more advanced electrical projects. With some diligent practice, you'll be wiring like a pro in no time!

So grab some straws and tape and start building. Who knows, you might just wire up something genius! Just make sure to turn the power off and unplug everything when you're done.