This case is durable, easy to make, and low cost. I managed to find everything I needed at home.
I have an ipod nano, so I don't know how this will work for other ipod types, but a nano fits wonderfully into an Altoids tin. A downside of this speaker is it has a limited volume because it was originally headphones; the upside is they fit right into the case.
Step 1: What You Need...
-an Altoids tin (an ipod nano fits perfectly)
-Styrofoam (you can use packaging from anything you have on hand)
- speakers (from old over-the-head headphones; the speakers snap out easily, or old ear buds)
The speakers aren't essential, but it defeats the point of ipod case with mini speakers to leave them out.
Tools I recommend for this are...
-needle nose pliers
-drill or other puncturing device
Step 2: The Foam
You will begin by tracing the Altoids tin and the speaker on the Styrofoam. With the x-acto knife carefully cut out, then trim to the proper thickness so that the foam will fit into the tin. Next, hollow out holes for speakers. Now, cut a groove for the ipod itself. When inserted, the speakers should be flush with the top of the foam. I fit the cord of the speakers into the case by coiling them up. (If you're gifted with electronics, you can shorten your cord to a convenient length.)
Step 3: Drilling the Hole
Step 4: Putting It All Together
Voilà, your ipod case is complete. To use the speaker simply take out the ipod and plug it into the speakers and turn up the volume.