Do you know how to solder? I do, but only because I try to repair all my electronics after they break, then end up having to buy new ones anyways after I break them even more. But for those of you who still need some practice (myself included, apparently), there’s this 3D Christmas Tree Soldering Kit (affiliate link). It’s a circuit board Christmas tree you have to assemble and solder yourself, gaining some much-needed experience in the process. And, if you’re like me, set off the smoke alarm at least a half dozen times.
Available in 3- and 7-color models, the STEM kits include everything you need to construct your own 36-light tree, EXCEPT a soldering iron. You have to provide that on your own. And if you don’t have one, DO NOT try to use a lighter and the foil from gum wrappers; you’re not McGyver. Or at least I’m not.
I love fun little DIY projects like this. I feel so accomplished when I complete one, even if they were designed with kids in mind. I might not be a kid in mind, but I am a child at heart. And, okay, my wife says I do have the mind of a 4th grader sometimes. Most of the time, actually.