Introduction: From Pringles Box to Acoustic Amplifier

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What do you do when you have to many empty Pringles boxes....

Well you can use tham as a acoustic Ampfilier.....

Here is the Sound Test.....

Step 1: What Do You Need.....

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1. A Pringles box

2. Popsicle sticks

3. Wood glue

4. Tin snips

5. Saw

6. Scrollsaw

7. Plywood

8. Paint

9. Rubberbands

Take the Pringles box and cut it in half with a saw.

Step 2: Measure the Popsicle Sticks

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And cut them in lenght ... about 10 cm or 4 inches.

Step 3: Gluing and Clamping.... Sawing and Sanding

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Use wood glue to glue the popsicle sticks on the box.

The best wat to clamp it to use rubber bands.

Drill 2 holes where the slot will be for your phone

Sand the sticks smooth.

Step 4: Cutting the Foot, Paint and Essembling the Box

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I made a templet for the foot and cut it out with the scrollsaw.

Painted the back and the inside black.

Then I glued the foot to the box...

And injoy the music !

For full instructions watch the video.


aldotoms made it! (author)2016-05-29

That's a great idea! And very easy to do it.

Thank you!

DEEJAY642 (author)2016-03-09

hahahaha soooo cool!!!!! thanks for sharing!!!! by the way in the last photo is that avicii playing????

rnel1 made it! (author)2015-08-17

Made it. Works great

hboom (author)rnel12015-09-03

Looking good !!!!

GNico (author)2015-07-12

Great idea, thanks !

tmessner (author)2015-07-03

How is the sound

sedakuyucu (author)2015-07-02

Perfect dock, i love pringles

ThomasL1929 (author)2015-06-21

You can do the same thing with PVC pipe. 3-4" works best. Dremel a slot for the phone, put a cap on the bottom end. Around 6-8" in length gives a more pronounced sound. Not as aesthetically eye pleasing, but it works. I work at a home improvement place-thick-walled cardboard tubes from carpet rolls work even better-they don't resonate like pvc. Nice build, but a lot of effort. Still a good idea, if you have the time.

AnneMildeux (author)ThomasL19292015-07-01

For more aesthetically pleasing PVC pipe, you could use pretty contact paper or "Duck Tape" sheets. :)

Jack O The Shadows made it! (author)2015-06-21

cool idea. it's cheap and easy to make. I made mine for $3. can't beat that. I'm actually surprised how well it works.

christine828 (author)2015-06-19

Very cool! You went to a lot of trouble to make a esthetically pleasing piece.You must have been very certain it would sounds good. Thanks for posting and for the video.

pattiemelt (author)2015-06-19

Love it! Especially nice touch is the popsicle sticks for a little better looking finish. Someone mentioned that they thought it was for charging - why couldn't you just drill or cut a small open in the end or bottom to feed your charger cord through. Then you could use it for a charging stand as well.

Raphango (author)2015-06-19

Great project!

How does the sound like? Is there a great difference?

hboom (author)2015-06-19

Thank you all for the comments.... You can make any shape you want of your pringles box... And even get the sound better. My I dea behind all of this is just make something nice and functional out of scrap material....

infomaniac50 (author)2015-06-18

This would look awesome with one of those vintage phonograph horns. The straight can shape probably doesn't contribute much to amplification but would make it more directional. It's also infinitely less fiddly than setting up bluetooth speakers.

werejag (author)2015-06-18

no template for the foot or sizes taht need to be cut?

PenguinAngel (author)2015-06-18

Lol yes it is I don't eat a lot of salty thing but once and a while . Guess it's time

Tdogm6 (author)2015-06-18

Perfect excuse to buy some Pringles and Popsicles!

Tdogm6 (author)Tdogm62015-06-18

And an iPhone. ;-)

ronald.ferreira.39 (author)2015-06-18

just for fancy no doubt

User1 (author)2015-06-18

Nice little 'able here. There was one step I was hoping to learn exactly what was the idea here. I saw it on the video at 5:00. Saddly it wasn't listed here as one of the steps. :-/

hboom (author)2015-06-14

Thank you.... Well I used the popsicles for the nice finish... So I don't know if the sound is different without them.

DachsieMommie (author)hboom2015-06-18

It's a really good idea though. Hopefully we can improvise.

TasseDeThé (author)2015-06-14

Nice 'ible, thanks for sharing. Going to try this soon!

Are the popsicle sticks used to give a nice finish or do they improve the sound or the amplification?

gdsmit1 (author)TasseDeThé2015-06-18

That was what I was going to ask as well. I'd bet there will be some sort of improvement to the audio, but probably not huge.

DachsieMommie (author)gdsmit12015-06-18

Probably not a great deal. I'm gonna try one with jusr heavy cardboard & a Pringles can. I have lots of both.

PenguinAngel (author)2015-06-18

Wow what a great Idea > wish I had the tools to make it LOL good luck I voted for you


Try one without the popsicle sticks. That's what I'm doing, since I don't have any of those. I do have lots of Pringles cans though. Want a couple ;-)

DachsieMommie (author)2015-06-18

Excellent timing, my husband just bought a box of 18? at Costco. I'm gonna try making one today, after he finishes his just opened can. That should take him about 5 minutes :-)

elliotnash (author)2015-06-18

Looks really good and fancy. At first I though it was for charging you phone :D

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