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Maker Love - DIY Heat Gauge Valentines Day Gift Basket

Maker Love - DIY Heat Gauge Valentines Day Gift Basket

For the Love of Wearables!

For many of us the terms 'Maker', 'Wearable' and 'Internet of Things' (IoT) may be something we associate with DIY, Clothing, and the World Wide Web. And in essence that is what they are, however Maker Culture, Wearables and IoT are all interrelated, taking science fiction and turning it into reality.

Now you might be asking 'What is Maker Culture?', 'What is a Wearable?', and 'What is the IoT?' Here is a quick simplified explanation of each.

Makers/Maker Culture

Individuals that make gadgets (smart/computer/electronics) and share their creations and ideas with like minded people.


Wearables are gadgets that are incorporated into clothing and accessories.

Internet of Things (IoT)

All the Things that have gadgets incorporated into them that can collect and share data.

My sweet hubby has followed the rise of the Maker Movement from it's early days. We have often discussed collaborating on a project together. It seems very fitting that our first Maker project we've built together is for Valentines Day.

I worked on the basket and he worked on the electronics but the concept evolved from throwing ideas together.

I needed a Valentines Day craft to share as part of the I Heart Blogging Valentines Day Blog Hop Link-up (see end of post). I opted for a small heart cross stitch project and was chatting with hubby about it. A few stitches into my cross stitching it was suddenly going to be a fun Maker project.

We decided to add a small screen with a little heart shape pulsing on it. But then we decided we wanted it to be a bigger screen so it could do more.

I reworked my cross stitch design to incorporate the bigger screen and it became two hearts.

reworking cross stitch pattern to incorporate wearable technology

As I cross stitched and as hubby started work on programming the computer chip that ran the screen we decided that if we added a sensor it could be responsive.

We still weren't sure what we were making at this stage, ideas were discussed and discarded as we didn't have the electronic components or we didn't have enough time to make it all happen by the deadline.

I needed to come up with an idea as to what this cross stitch was actually going to be and how it could contain all of the electronic components.

I suggested we make into a gift bag or box and then it could easily be designed to hide all of the components. My cross stitch design grew even bigger and I added words to create a cylinder shaped container. It would be big enough to add a bottle of something special to share or perhaps some chocolate.

Valentines day cross stitch

Knowing what the final shape and purpose was going to be helped us to finally decide on which sensor to add to our Thing. With a heat sensor the screen could display the temperature and at a glance you could see if your drinks or chocolate are getting too warm.

micro controlled temperature sensor. IoT, Maker, Wearables

Hubby changed the text colours so it didn't clash with the pink, added the heart beat pulses tweaking them until they looked cool, and added the temperature in Celsius. I asked if we could include Fahrenheit too for all of my US readers and he was happy to oblige.

The cylinder had to be adapted to an ellipsoid to accommodate the flat screen but that was simply a matter of making the base the right shape before inserting it.

I created the heart cross stitch patterns myself but for the text I found a nice little cross stitch pattern gernerator.

My heart beats for you cross stitch

And there you have it. A DIY Heat Gague Valentines Day Gift Basket.

Maker Love - DIY Heat Gauge Valentines Day Gift Basket #Wearables, #IoT #Maker

To make your own gift basket you will need

  • 1 sheet of cross stitch plastic canvas and yarn 
  • 1 micro controller - mini computer $5-$35 the one used in this project cost $10
  • 1 screen 320 x 240 px $8
  • 1 temperature sensor $2-$5
  • 1 battery suitably powerful enough to operate the screen. There are a myriad of choices we used a mobile phone portable recharger connected via micro USB.
  • sundry wires and resistors
screen, micro controller, temperature sensor, rechargeable battery, wires

Is this the first time you've heard of Makers, Wearables and the IoT?

The Valentine's fun doesn't end there! I've joined up with 7 other lovely bloggers today to share and inspire some Valentine's creativity. Click each image to check out their Valentine's project.

I Heart Blogging Valentines Day Blog Hop Link-up

this link up is open until Valentines Day

The Big, Bold Heart - Η Μεγάλη Έντονη Καρδιά Free Cute Valentine's Cupcake Toppers Folding Envelope Heart Mug Rug (& Link Party) DIY Valentine’s Gift + Free Template Wall of Love Chunky Crochet Scarf Maker Love - DIY Heat Gauge Valentines Day Gift Basket Valentines Trading Cards Image Map

We want you to link up your Valentine's creations!

Made something awesome but you're not a blogger? You can still share it and we need you too! Click that 'Add your link' button and in the Image Source section click the Instagram tab to find your creation in your feed.

Let's get linking and inspired for Valentine's Day!

Thank you for  partying with us!

  • Darlene from My Little Shop of Treasures
  • Millie from 2 Crochet Hooks
  • Mary from The Boondocks Blog
  • T’ Onna of USS Crafty
  • Sarah of Sarah Celebrates
  • Stella of Purfylle
  • Pili with Sweet Things
  • Keri with One Mama’s Daily Drama
  • Comments

    1. Are you kidding me? You've combined the awesomeness of needle crafting with technology for one of the coolest projects I've seen! And a bonus link party too? Yay, thank you!

      1. Yep, staying cool is what this project is all about ;0)

    2. This is very cool. I'm impressed to see how you combined two very different interests into something that really works well together.

      1. Thanks Keri, I think we'll see this type of craft gain popularity.

    3. You're so crafty…love this project!

    4. totally cool and so geeky!! I will have to show my son so maybe he can help me create something like this in the future! Love it Stella! Thanks for sharing with us!

      1. This is the kids crafting of the future! There are so many amazing projects out there. I'm going to have to learn how to solder I think.

    5. That is so much detailed work, Stella. But that IS your style. You have such an eye and patience to carry through. I'll leave the best of needlework to you while I start up the saws and welders. You amaze me. Another beautiful piece of art! Thank you for sharing at Homemade and Handcrafted!

      1. It was supposed to be a quick little project but morphed into this instead :o) it was lots of fun to make.

    6. This is so cute and unique! The addition of the heat sensor just makes it even more amazing and so cool! Love it!

      1. It gets so hot here in summer and (Feb is summer for us) chocolate can melt in minutes, when you say 'you better get this in the fridge' your recipient can tell you mean it.

    7. Stella, you have left me speechless! This is such an original project I've never seen anything like it before. And the kicker is that you collaborated with your hubby for a Valentine's day project. It doesn't get any more romantic than that!

      1. We've been talking about doing a project together for ages, I can't believe the magic that had to happen for it be on Valentines day :o)

    8. Wow Stella!! At first, I had no idea of what you were talking about!! But this is really cool, I love the screen in the middle of the cross stitch design, your husband is so clever! I have never heard of it before

      1. He is brilliant with the techie stuff! There is so much I would still struggle with if I couldn't just ask him, what's this, how does this work, where can I learn to do that. He's a walking encyclopaedia of all things technical.

    9. Yes, yes it is the first time I ever heard of those terms!
      And just a moment to show hubby this (he is a professional techy)!!!
      Ohh girl that is SO super cool I will insta pin in my geek pinterest board. :D

      ps. The stitch work rocks too. ;)

      1. Is this the start of a new hobby for you? I'll be keeping an eye out ;o)

    10. Wow! You guys had your work cut out for you! I love that you too did a collab project.


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