Introduction: Altoids Speakers!
If you want to hear music in bed but don't want to fall asleep and get choked by the 'phones or 'buds, here are some mini speakers for you.
I warn you the sound isn't great but it's pretty good for an altoids tin. Besides, if it's quiet in your room it's good enough.
*Regular size altoids tin(1.76 oz)
*Headphones you won't want back(cheap ones)
*felt(for the inside of the tin)
*Scissors or other cutting tool(optional, but recommended)
*Foam adhesive(better and neater than tape)
Step 1: Headphone Surgery
Take your cheapo headphones. I'm sorry i couldn't provide a picture, but it's fairly simple. Take the soft pads of the earphones(keep 'em for later). Then use pliers to remove them from the head set. The 'phones usually are latched in. The latches must be broken, but they are plastic so it's easy. Wear goggles in case the plastic breaks off and hits you in the face. Safety first right? After this step you will have the "speakers" and the earpads. Throw away the headband part.
I finished this before the instructable, so I am showing you the finished version. You can get the idea either way. Hope it's not confusing. This is my first instructable so comment.
Step 2: Prepare the Tin
Eat the altoids in the tin. Then cover the inside of the tin with felt. Glue the felt to anchor it. You can just use elmers. You can get the felt real cheap at craft stores. I used green for mine; a sort of "pool table" look.
You can see I lined the top and the bottom with the felt(inside the tin)
Then cut an opening in the tin on the side so when you close the tin the cord can come out.
Step 3: Finish It Up.
Put the headphones into the earpads, and then put an adhesive square on the back or strong tape. Don't use glue for this one.
Now take your paperclip and straighten it out, except for the top. Bend the top into the shape in the picture.
You will use this to prop the tin open when listening. You could also leave the tin completely open(duh) but sometimes this gives better sound. Do what you like.
Step 4: Your Done!
Now the speakers are in the tin, the tin is prepared. Now plug the headphone cord into your music player, but first turn the volume up all the way! This is the only way you can hear it, but it works surprisingly well. Use the paperclip to prop it open, or not. You can paint the in or leave it blank.
Sorry if this was confusion- I should have done this better.
And for all those who think "why don't I just buy a speaker system?" Ok I know this doesn't get great sound. Come on. It's just cool to make. Maybe you should go buy a speaker system. This is just a cool little project for cheap.