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You may have seen these in the Make Blog. This is how to make your own.
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Step 1: The finished speaker box

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This is the finished article. In this case the box is an 80mm cube but it could be any size you like just choose the card thickness to suite the size of the box.

Although this was made from card you could just as well use polypropylene as a harder wearing material, you can often buy stationary folders made from polypropylene that you can recycle.

Step 2: The Net for the crash lock box

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This is the net for the crash lock box. You can scale it up or down but keep the same proportions. The example Illustrate here fits onto an A4 sheet of card to give an 80mm box. Punch through the holes to let the sound out. The tab at the right hand side is fastened with a couple of brass paper rivets. The rest simply locks together. You may want to make other suitably sized holes if you need to fit a speaker jack socket.

Step 3: Cut out and speaker fitted

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The net has been cut out and the speaker fitted - I used hot glue on the rim of the speaker. The tab is attached to make up the basic box. The bottom crash lock is assembled and only the top has to be closed. To reduce cost I didn't bother with a speaker socket but ran wires directly to the speaker connections.

Step 4: Last step

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Closed the bottom and you are finished. The crash lock mechanism ensures the box stays closed until you need to fold them flat then you can pull the flaps out and fold the box flat. You can leave the speaker inside and as in the originals keep them in a plastic bag until required again. The surface can be painted or you can glue the wrapping paper from your last birthday present onto the box to jazz it up.

Even a simple test shows an improvement to the sound from a very small speaker. A bigger speaker will sound better.
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i dont get it???
rickharris (author)  angle of fire8 years ago
There was a review of a japanese version of this here a few weeks prior to this post - I simply showed how to o it - Cheap and easy speakers. i have one by my PC as I type.
I can't find any amplifier where it is??
rickharris (author)  samaddon2 years ago
There isn't one- The instructable is to make the loud speaker enclosure.

In my case the amplifier is on my sound card in the PC.
I can't find any amplifier where it is??
me neither...
maslo7 years ago
Nice idea:) however I really don't like to hear their sound... Must be awfull...
rickharris (author)  maslo2 years ago
Have you made a pair?

80mm Speakers are limited anyway.
acox4 years ago
Yes, but does it blend?
russell37827 years ago
hey, anyone know where I can source these in commercial quantities. I have attached an image i found on the web, but cannot track down the supplier/manufacturer ? any ideas ? THANKS
paper speaker 1.bmp
Teracycle makes these from M&M boxes. Radio Shack had some, also some pirimidal speakers.
Hi, we are factory for the fodable speaker in shenzhen, china. We have the paper and pp foadable speaker. Plz contact with by email   or skype: szdaisy66
here is a link for the wholesaler's website;

For Canada you'll have to contact these guys;

I can say poundland for uk peeps they are only slightly more colourful
I could make them for you if you want... how many?
vhotho mentioned that MUJI used to make those, but no longer.

I actually just saw them on the 6th at the MUJI Express (?) in the new wing of the JFK airport... This photo is MUJI's as well. You can purchase them from the MoMA or their NY stores.
Oops, sorry. The picture is MoMa's.
I actually saw those same pictures a few months ago and I wondered the same thing. A few weeks later I was at Ross and I found speakers kind of like those. (Except they were pink and "girly". I don't remember the brand but I bought them and gave them to a friend for her birthday so I could probably find out if you're still interested.)
i did not find those but at think geek they have a cardboard boom box style speakers that are really cool
A pretty good idea would be to get some birthday cards and take the flat speakers from them. That way, you would be able to fold them, with the speaker in place.
By "net" would you perhaps mean "diagram?" And is there a PDF or other suitable file which might be printed directly on card stock for those who are happy with the size you've used?
rickharris (author)  MairseyDotes6 years ago
OK - yes a net is the technical name for the outline you need to cut out to make something (usually 3D by folding) I am sorry I don't have a PDF for this picture but I have added a new picture with measurements on it. so you can draw it as I did. The measurements suited the speaker i had but you can alter them if you need to.The picture is A 3 in size so if you choose to print it out you need to double the size and get 2 A 4 pages. Hope this helps.
reeding6 years ago
i had a plastic pair from a hair salon i think
FaqMan6 years ago
I find this design very cost effecitive and creative.
rickharris (author)  FaqMan6 years ago
Thank you :-)
kylemcinnes8 years ago
The net for an 80x80x80mm box will NOT fit on an A4 sheet.
sides doesnt appear to be 80*80... they are like 60 mm's or so...
mms2346 years ago
The space between rear side of the case and the speaker is too much for just a 80 mm speaker. What about if we tight it a bit? like 80*80*45 ? I wonder if it will still stand and wont fall...
nilmahj6 years ago
why not use chinese take-out containers? you'd be recycling and they'd look pretty cool too.
yeah but you'd have to ask for some clean ones 'cos it would be dirty and get mouldy
eegg8 years ago
you could also make one like this and put a computer 80mm fan in instead of a speaker to cool your hands and just connect it to the usb... i'm making one
ll0ll eegg8 years ago
Or ... both a fan and a speaker? Ooo ... and some leds :o)
lol yur smiley has a double chin
no, thats a round nose :-)
so its a clown is it? do you know what we do to clowns here do you?
ChipUser eegg8 years ago
eegg, Don't forget to add holes on the back/sides. Otherwise the air flow will be restricted.
guyzyl6 years ago
I made it with two speakers. It looks cool and works well.
rickharris (author)  guyzyl6 years ago
Good, so many who didn't try it said it would be useless - Not at all it seems.
geester9107 years ago
this is a good cabinet, could you do it with 1 of these cabinets

This is a good thread.
hi, russell3782, we're the manufacurer of this folding speaker. We're a Chinese factory. This is our PATENT PRODUCT. If you need details of the speaker, pls contact me by email. My email is Vivian Gong
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