It’s time to put it all together…


  • Insert a zip tie at each corner of the joystick and use another zip tie inside the box to secure the joystick base.

A zip tie securing the joystick to the panel

Screws work too

You could also use any kind of machine screws to attach and secure the joystick.


  • Insert all the buttons and secure the plastic rings.

Buttons and joysticks inserted into the cardboard box

  • Attach all the button bases to the plastic buttons.

Buttons and joysticks secured.

Raspberry Pi

  • If needed, solder the headers on the Raspberry Pi Zero.
  • Attach the USB power cable, regular USB cable, and HDMI cable to screen.
  • Use small nails, sewing thread, or even hot glue to secure the Pi on the cardboard.

A Raspberry Pi help by hot glue on the corners

A Raspberry Pi held using Chicken Wire staples

  • Install the connectors onto the header pins as shown in this picture.

A line of headers without tape

  • Wrap tape around the connectors and any exposed pins to secure them together with the header.

A line of headers with tape

  • Bundle the wires using a zip tie or tape to secure them together.

A bundle of wires secured by a zip tie

Next step…

Next, Raspberry Pi Zero setup