Make: Live Holiday Giveaway 12/14/11 (video)

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Make: Live’s holiday episode features some fun project ideas for this festive time of year! See a skirt light up when you dance, a brass rocking horse ornament, and connect your Christmas decorations to the internet. Above, Ben Light demonstrates his technique for these mini paper stars, which fit onto your Christmas lights to create a strand of festive glowing stars.

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Bona Kim – Dance Party Twinkle Skirt

This LED-enhanced skirt uses an accelerometer to light up brighter the more vigorously you dance– perfect for holiday parties.

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Hack Pittsburgh – Cheer Lights

Learn about a global network of Christmas lights controlled via Twitter.

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Johngineer – Brass Rocking Horse

John M. De Cristofaro checks in to show and tell with his brass rocking horse ornament, made last year for his mom from brass hobby stock in his garage.

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Michael Colombo – Magnetotron

Our own Make: Live intern shows off the Magnetotron, a rotating instrument made from hacked tape players.

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Matt Richardson – Lonely Christmas Tree

Matt debuts his latest tutorial video– it’s an internet-connected Christmas tree that lights up when you send it holiday emails. The tree picked up some holiday cheer from keywords in the Ustream chat during the show.

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Episode 22 Digi-Key prizes:

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Make: Live 23: Best of Make: Live 2011
Wednesday December 28th, 9pm ET/6pm PT
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I love to make things and share them. I live in New York City and when I'm not making or publishing, I ride bikes and motorcycles. I love my pit bull dogs. I'm a full-time content creator and also teach part-time at SVA. Find me as @bekathwia on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.

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