We hope you and your family are having fun learning how to solder. If you are, take some pictures and load them to the MAKE Flickr pool. The first five people who load family soldering pics and tag them “MAKEcation” will get a free Maker’s Notebook.

To help give you some ideas for projects you can do, we’ve put together some of our favorites from the site. We tried to pick ones that are easy enough that a beginner can handle, but where you also get something useful (and/or fun) for your effort. If you are working on some soldering projects with the family, please tell us what they are in the comments.

Make a pocket LED cube – Weekend Projects Podcast
Make a pocket LED cube – Weekend Project PDFcast

Tiny Cylon Kit (one of the three kits in the Teach Your Family to Solder bundle)

MintyBoost USB Charger Kit v2.0

LED Micro-Readerboard Kit

Herbie the Mousebot Kit

Make a Joule Thief – Weekend Projects Video Podcast
Many other Joule Thief projects on Make: Online

How-To: Build BEAM vibrobots

How-To: Build BEAM vibrobots

LED Hula Hoop
Maker Shed also offers an LED Hula Hoop kit with everything you need.

In the Maker Shed:


And don’t forget, the Maker Shed has a special “Teach Your Family to Solder” bundle:

Our MAKEcation Family Solder Bundle is a fun collection of electronic kits that will have you soldering like a pro in no time. Each bundle includes 3 easy to solder kits, a Maker’s Notebook, and MAKE, Volume 01 featuring a great learn to solder tutorial.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

  • flexo

    The link to the solarroller is missing the “.html” at the end :)

  • Gareth Branwyn

    Fixed. Thanks.