15 Great Arduino Projects for Beginners

Ian Buckley Updated 04-10-2018

Arduino projects can be difficult to know where to start. Luckily there are so many options. Here are 15 beginner Arduino projects to get you going!


A note on required equipment: For the sake of brevity, items that are usually included in Arduino starter kits aren’t included in the overviews provided here. Any other required components will be listed in the project description.

1. Make a Buzz Wire Game With an Arduino

You will need:

  • 1 x Small Arduino compatible buzzer
  • 1 x Old metal coat hanger.

This build combines a classic carnival game with simple electronics and code. Using cheap components and a little DIY craft, the Arduino Buzz Wire Game is a fantastic project to work on with children.

2. Arduino MIDI Controller

You will need:

  • 1 x 5-pin DIN female Socket
  • 1 x MIDI cable
  • 1 x MIDI interface or MIDI capable device

Any musician who is familiar with MIDI controllers knows how powerful they can be. Did you know that you can use an Arduino to make a DIY controller How to Make a MIDI Controller with an Arduino As a musician who has amassed a collection of musical instruments and noise boxes, the humble Arduino is the perfect tool to create a custom MIDI controller. Read More ? Even if you’ve never used one, this is a perfect way to get started, rather than buy an expensive keyboard or controller.


The project uses a free MIDI code library and simple components. It’s beginner friendly, and has the potential to be improved over time, until you have a fully featured custom MIDI controller!

3. Control Your Arduino With Python

This animated GIF shows an arduino board with flashing LED lights

If you already know Python, you can learn about Arduino hardware How to Program and Control an Arduino With Python Sadly, it is impossible to directly program an Arduino in Python, but you can control it over USB using a Python program. Here's how. Read More without learning a new language. This project is especially useful for people just starting out, as Python is a beginner-friendly language. The code side of this project is straightforward, and requires no components at all, just an Arduino board!

4. Arduino Game Controller

You will need:


The only thing cooler than making your own games is making your own game controller.

This custom Arduino game controller project covers both building your own hardware, and step-by-step coding of a simple game.

5. Arduino RFID Smart Lock

You will need:

  • 1 x Logic-level N channel Mosfet
  • 1 x MFRC522 module
  • 1 x 12v Solenoid
  • 1 x 12v Power supply

This Arduino smart locking system DIY Smart Lock with Arduino and RFID Here's how to build a simple RFID-based smart lock using an Arduino as the backbone and a few cheap components. Read More looks complicated. But due to a cheap and easy-to-use RFID reader, it’s more straightforward than you’d think.


This project uses a few parts that may be new to you. Rather than starting from scratch, the code is modified from existing examples. This is an excellent introduction to multi-component devices with real practical uses.

6. Simple Arduino Alarm System

You will need:

  • 1 x Ultrasonic “ping” sensor
  • 1 x Piezo buzzer
  • 1 x LED strip light

A simple alarm system How To Make a Simple Arduino Alarm System Detect movement, then scare the heck out of an intruder with a high pitched alarm sounds and flashing lights. Does that sound fun? Of course it does. That's the goal of today's Arduino project, suitable... Read More  that uses a motion sensor to detect movement, LEDs flash and a high-pitched warning tone is emitted when an intruder is detected.

While it’s not exactly proper home protection, it does offer a perfect solution to protect small spaces. Ideal for keeping an eye your snack drawer!


7. Traffic Light Controller


This project is a great introduction to Arduino programming. The traffic light controller uses a red, yellow, and green LED to re-create a traffic light on your breadboard. It’s an easy way to get hands-on with writing and editing code. As a bonus, all the required components should be included in your starter kit.

And for a project you can create without programming, take a look at how to use Xod to build an Arduino robot How Xod Helps You Build Arduino Robots Without Coding Want to learn robotics but have no programming skills? It's easy with the Xod graphical IDE and an Arduino-controlled robot. Read More .

8. Companion Cube Mood Lamp

You will need:

  • Square glass jar or bottle
  • Hard-drying clear glue
  • Gray and red modeling clay
  • White candle

Remember the video game Portal? In this project, a Portal-themed mood lamp How to Build a Companion Cube Mood Lamp (For Absolute Arduino Beginners) Read More uses a square glass jar to create a color-shifting display that looks incredible. Creating the lamp is a great DIY project for beginners. The wiring and code are relatively simple, and you’ll end up with a striking DIY creation!

9. Arduino-Powered Temperature Controller

this is an image of a temperature controller box

You will need:

  • Temperature sensor, such as the TMP36
  • Relay or RC plug switches
  • Screw terminals
  • Box to trap the heat
  • Heating/cooling element, or incandescent bulb with fixture (or both)

Using just an Arduino and a few parts you can create a temperature control device Make Your Own Temperature Controller with an Arduino Raise the perfect bread, brew beautiful beer, and rear happy chicks with an Arduino temperature controller. If you live in a less than reliable climate like England, directions that tell you to keep something at... Read More instead of paying for a commercial model. Not only is this an excellent beginner level project, but it has real-world applications!

10. Recreate the Arcade Classic “Pong”

You will need:

  • An Arduino compatible OLED screen

Coding a retro game is great programming practice. Pong is a classic, and there are two ways you can play it on your Arduino. You can code the game from scratch, and play on an inexpensive OLED screen.

11. “The TV Devil” Arduino Prank Remote

You will need:

  • IR transmitter LED, such as TIL38
  • IR receiver, such as TSOP382

An Arduino along with an IR(infrared) transmitter and receiver can cause some innocent chaos. Bombarding any IR controlled device with IR signals makes them act as if they have a life of their own.

In this project you’ll learn how to build a remote control using an Arduino and some IR components. The result is assured to drive anyone nearby mad!

12. Make Your Own Ambilight

You will need:

  • 10A 5V power supply
  • WS2812B LED strip

Originally developed for Philips TVs, the Ambilight features ambient lighting that reacts to the images on your television screen. It’s not too difficult to recreate the Ambilight Make Your Own Ambilight for $60 Ambient lighting that reacts to the image on your TV is easier and cheaper than you think - and it makes for a great upgrade to your home cinema experience. Read More for any screen. Cheap addressable LEDs cut the cost of this impressive looking build, and at the time of writing the component list for this project has dropped much lower than the $60 guide cost.

13. Arduino-Powered Laser Turret

You will need:

  • 2 servos
  • Laser module
  • Piezo buzzer
  • Metal wire and cable ties

While there aren’t many practical reasons for building an Arduino-powered laser turret Pew Pew! How To Build A Laser Turret With An Arduino Are you bored? Might as well build a laser turret. Read More , that shouldn’t stop you! The code in this project is easily extendable and allows you to customize your turret’s movement. This is an excellent introduction to using servos with Arduino boards, the building blocks of robotics!

14. Pulsating LED Cube

You will need:

  • 64 LEDs
  • Craft wire
  • Component wire
  • Crocodile clips
  • Scrap wood
  • Drill

If you are looking for something beautiful to build, the pulsating LED cube How To Make a Pulsating Arduino LED Cube That Looks Like It Came From The Future If you’ve dabbled with some beginner Arduino projects, but are looking for something a little permanent and on a whole other level of awesome, then the humble 4 x 4 x 4 LED cube is... Read More is a perfect choice. Controlled from a single Arduino via multiplexing, it is still easy enough for beginners to make. This project is also excellent soldering practice, which is one of the essential beginner’s electronics skills you need to know.

15. Weekend Project: Build a Giant LED Pixel Display

You will need:

  • 10-meter strip of LED pixels
  • 5V 10A power supply
  • Thick wire
  • Ikea RIBBA photo frame
  • Glass frosting spray
  • White paint

The LED pixel display Weekend Project: Build a Giant LED Pixel Display I love LED pixels: bright, easy to control, cheap, and so versatile. Today, we'll be turning them into a big pixel display that can be hung on the wall. Read More uses strands of LEDs to create vibrant patterns, text, or even animated GIFs that you can frame, and hang right on your wall. The build relies on external software, called Glediator (free) that allows you complete LED matrix control, and the ability to create live or pre-recorded mixes of your LED animations.

Endless Possibilities With These DIY Arduino Projects

Most simple Arduino projects use few components and teach you the basics of DIY hardware. The best way to get familiar is to follow beginner tutorials like these.

Once you feel confident, why not move on to something more significant like automating your home Arduino Project Ideas for an Automated Home Wouldn't it be great to water your greenhouse without leaving your chair? An Arduino can be engaged as the key component of some home automation projects - here's five! Read More !

Related topics: Arduino, DIY Project Ideas, Electronics, Python.

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  1. WayneLNowak
    October 19, 2018 at 5:41 am

    Hi, in the last project, the led pixel display, both links in the text point to the same URL, do you have a link for the actual build of the display?,

  2. WayneLNowak
    October 19, 2018 at 5:37 am

    As a black, vegan, feminist, anti-gay, and sociopath guy, I find this post racist.,

  3. Muhammad Arifur Rahman
    June 9, 2018 at 5:03 am

    How are these beginner projects? IMAO some of these projects are not even cool enough to keep the interest of a beginner in arduino.

  4. David
    July 31, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Hi, in the last project, the led pixel display, both links in the text point to the same URL, do you have a link for the actual build of the display?


  5. Thusith
    February 19, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Sir ..Please can you help me for this . I want blink led with push button and use with potentiometer . One time push the button and led is on and delay time must be control through the potentiometer .after delay time it must be go off . Please how to write it codes?

    • Jim
      February 5, 2018 at 8:45 am

      Dude, write your own code.

  6. Butthurt Guy
    July 19, 2016 at 8:47 am

    As a black, vegan, feminist, anti-gay, and sociopath guy, I find this post racist.

    • OplokAngMobasa
      July 20, 2016 at 6:30 am

      Really niggah?

    • makairoso
      July 26, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      hahaha u crazy man

  7. Butthurt Guy
    July 19, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Bad projects

    • Butthurt Guy
      July 19, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Yeah so true

  8. hello
    June 12, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Not good projects

  9. Anonymous
    April 8, 2016 at 12:20 am


  10. Anoonnymus
    April 8, 2016 at 12:19 am


  11. nidhi
    March 13, 2016 at 9:25 am

    i want to make a small project on iot for my seminar, i dnt knw hw to do it ...i have a small idea but i dnt knw hw to bring it in action

  12. Ed Mallon
    January 17, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    This is an UNO based data logger that is pretty easy for beginners to assemble as it requires no soldering:

    We have been using it to introduce students to environmental monitoring & to help them get started with basic programming on the Arduino platrom.

  13. JeMmiye
    December 2, 2015 at 11:31 am

    sounds racist dude

    • Nell
      December 17, 2015 at 1:27 am

      Since when is red head a race?

    • TumblrIsCancer
      January 20, 2016 at 12:33 am


  14. Madushan
    November 26, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Hello, I am madushan. your projects are good

  15. rob
    November 16, 2015 at 1:03 am

    OOOH! i love pong!

  16. Bryan Clark
    March 19, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    I actually just made one. It looks even better once it's blinking in your own home!

  17. nxtz
    March 19, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    That cube looks awesome!