My paper nature project is an artificial plant achieved with makey makey — the “Four-Leaf”. Water is needed to “activate” the plant and it will generate sounds from the nature, with different themes for each of the four leaves ( winds , forests, droplets and birds). The animation is in harmony with the sound effects, representing the shape and state of the the leaves. They will shine and shake when there is enough water on the leaf — or actually, between the two nodes. That means this plant will “die” if it runs out of water (especially under strong sunlight ) . To keep it alive and enjoy the vibrant sounds and motions on the screen, you should water this thing like real plants.
For better illustration purposes, I used cotton swabs to accelerate the drying process in the video. A more natural procedure should be actually “watering” the “branches” with small amout of water and waiting for the water vaporized by itself under a light source.
Update: I added a dynamic looping background and bgm to make the whole scene more vivid.