Introduction: Altoids Tin Ipod Case

in this instructable you will learn how to make an altoids tin in to a ipod case. this is my first one so please leve feedback on how to make better.

Step 1: What You Need

yoy will need

1. an ipod nano or anything else you can get to fit (ipod mini is to big) The 3rd gen ipod (short and fat) will fit in too, but you will have to change the way you cut the foam. the newest ipod may fit, but i haven't tried it.

2. A drill bit as big as the end of a pair of headphones and a drill.

3. Styrofoam(to pad the ipod nano)

4. duct tape

Step 2: Shape the Styrafoam

shape the Styrofoam so it will fit in the Altoids tin. (roughly 3.5in by 2.25 in)

use a knife to shape out a cradle for the ipod nano. (.26 inches deep)

Step 3: Drill the Hole

insert the Styrofoam into the tin. take the Altoids tin and mark a dot about 1/4 of an inch from the top and 1/2 inch from the corner. check this by putting your pod in the case and centering the hole to the headphone jack. (sorry about the sucky picture quality, it was taken from my phone)

Step 4: Duct Tape It Up (and Show It Off!)

take the duct tape and cover up the Styrofoam and let it run over a little so it holds the Styrofoam in. tape up all the edges to prevent it from scratching up your ipod (or you). now insert your ipod and start to listen to the minty cool music of your ipod minty. take it to school or work and amaze people about how cool your ipod now is. (it also serves as and almost indestructible case, but it only pads it if you use the Styrofoam.


Red Monkey made it! (author)2009-05-31

Expanding foam might make good padding. Just squeeze it in the tin, sit the ipod in it and trim when dry. You'd probably have to coat the ipod in something so it didn't stick to the foam though.

adamw ROX OUT LOUD made it! (author)adamw ROX OUT LOUD2013-08-25

put the ipod in a ziploc bag

rushandroulette made it! (author)2011-10-05

great! but now i cant get my my ipod out o.o''

Macaylastutorials made it! (author)2009-11-23

this is a really good idea, but the duct tape, thats the problem, duct tape doesnt look that great in it,and it can also damage your ipod, so I came up with a solution: buy thin memory foam, heat up a hot glue gun until its just hot enough to squirt the glue out, and put a layer of the foam on the top and bottom of your tin, this forms the shape of the ipod nicely too!

bassclarinet23 made it! (author)2009-10-01

I made my own, which is slightly different. Mine has a clip, as well/

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hackysacker made it! (author)2009-09-19

you should make another one with speakers coming out the back. That would be pretty sweet

rerat made it! (author)2007-05-31

Nice, it's a little sloppy though. A little more effort and you could have something much nicer looking. Here's one I made for my Z:M, before I discovered Instructables.

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Solderguy made it! (author)Solderguy2008-09-28

My first mp3 player was a 256 MB creative player. Ah, memories.

Dirt Rider made it! (author)Dirt Rider2008-08-13

thats really nice

PSPerson made it! (author)PSPerson2008-04-27

that fabric is pretty creative (pun intended)

banknut made it! (author)banknut2007-05-31

prety nice, but i made this in about 10- 15 minutes and it serves the serves the same purpice and looks the same on the outside.

mikaylad12344 made it! (author)2008-09-27

this is soo cool i think ill make one :)

Dirt Rider made it! (author)2008-08-13

i made somthing like this once but i lost my ipod so i cant use it lol

ItsTheHobbs made it! (author)2008-08-08

The new new one fits even better.

Rye2121 made it! (author)2008-08-05

i made mine with fabric instead of duct tape because it looks nicer. i also wrote the names of great bands on the top lid with all different colors of sharpie. it looks great!

the Mrs. made it! (author)2008-07-16

pretty good! next time check the spelling and stuff, because it can take away from the instructable, but otherwise it was fantastic...

mason0190 made it! (author)2008-06-15

WOW i cant wait until they get one for the ipod classic >:(

FireFairy-Jessica made it! (author)2008-02-20

Nice! I'll decorate mines with fabric.

drummonkey92 made it! (author)2008-02-16

its extremely hard to find altoids in the uk, but we have a time share in florida so wenever i go out on holiday, i buy masses of altoids in different size cases lol

theatre_tech_guru made it! (author)2007-09-21

there is a tape called gaffers tape that wont melt or leave residue on your ipod. i would use that

cry_wolf made it! (author)cry_wolf2007-12-02

That is a very expensive tape, i used it a lot for audio and visual things at my school.

Constructo Man made it! (author)2007-11-30

I fixed it. It looks awesome, and it was only a hack job loosely following ur instructions. GREAT INSTRUCTABLE! Anyway, here are some pics. They're backwards because I used a webcam to take them. BEHOLD, THE ITOIDS!

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Constructo Man made it! (author)2007-11-29

Mine came out terribly. I used a reamer to make the hole and the top and bottom of my ipod have the crap scratched out of them, even though I padded it with tape.

threecheersfornick made it! (author)2007-07-30

Just a thought... wouldn't the metal cut into the insulation on the headphone wire? You might want to pad that.

joebloggs27 made it! (author)joebloggs272007-11-17

If you have a soldering iron you could use that to melt some rubber around the hole, I've tried it and it works really well

threecheersfornick made it! (author)threecheersfornick2007-11-17

Hm, sounds good. Except my mp3 player just died. D':

buterSBob29 made it! (author)2007-11-03

I'm getting one of the new ipod nanos with video this Christmas

Yerboogieman made it! (author)Yerboogieman2007-11-05

i'd just get an mp4 player from frys

!Andrew_Modder! made it! (author)2007-10-31

Altoids tin ipod NANO case

chatterbox14730 made it! (author)2007-06-15

Its a great idea, and i will use it, but not if my ipod gets gooey, that would be a downer.

GreenDay made it! (author)2007-05-30

Errr... I did this with my creative and was meaning to get around to making an instructable out of it. Oh well... One of my suggestions would be to make the headphone jack hole slightly larger, and put a thin layer of styrofoam between it and the altoids tin. This insulates it from drops. You could also use expanding foam and just carve it out (or even have the i-pod in there with something like waxed paper on its back). I wouldn't use duct tape, because as thecheese says it 'll leave it gooey and nasty.

banknut made it! (author)banknut2007-05-30

i used to have a creative zen, how well does it fit?

GreenDay made it! (author)GreenDay2007-05-31

I've got the zen micro. There's a enough room to fit it with a bit of styrofoam.

jackfr0st made it! (author)2007-05-30

hmmm, i made one of these along time ago...maybe you saw it in my instructable!

TheCheese9921 made it! (author)2007-05-30

duct tape will most likely make it gooey and nasty, I would use just use foam pretty nice

banknut made it! (author)banknut2007-05-30

i have to admit, there is some goo, but not enough to be a problem

admanrocks made it! (author)2007-05-30

well original instructables are better

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