Step 7: Hooking The Speaker Up To Play Music

This step is optional, depending on what you are hooking your tiki speaker up to. One option is to route your speaker wire to a connection for patio speakers that you may already have, which is pretty straight forward. Another option is to create a stand-alone boom box set up, which is what I did here for the sake of showing you guys. If you have the right amplifier, you should be able to play music from any device that has a 3.5mm headphone jack, such as an ipod or other mp3 player.

1) Take the jack cable (the one with the audio jack attached to it. the small section of black cable in the pictures) and strip it apart to expose the positive and negative wires. Some cables have the two wires side by side like the speaker wire attached to the tiki, but most cables have one wire in the center surrounded by a nylon shield, with the other copper wire braided around it. If the latter is your case, simply unbraid the copper wire on the outside. Twist the outside section to create one lead, and twist the inside section to create another lead.

2) Now take one lead from the plug cable and twist it together with one lead from your tiki speaker cable. Do the same with the remaining leads. Now take your two wire nuts and screw them onto the two leads. You've just connected your speaker wire and plug, and are now ready to plug it into your amplifier.

3) Connect your plug into an output jack on your amplifier, turn it on, plug an auxiliary cable into the AUX jack on your amplifier, and your tiki will now play music!! Congratulations!

As stated in the intro, this amplifier should actually be housed in some sort of weatherproof box, but making the box is a project of its own and deserves its own instructable. If you subscribe to me, I will notify you when I make the amplifier housing, and update this instructable too. I hope this tutorial was helpful. Happy tinkering!

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<p>EXCELLENT!!</p><p>I humbly suggest a door in the back for the ability to remove speakers/repair stuff.</p><p>I made a Tiki for the scouts. I used a couple of empty Spackle buckets as patterns. I used cardboard and plaster of paris and struclite. Mine was for indoors and not weather tight . </p><p>I made tripled corrugated cardboard disks using an opened spakle bucket lid as template. This make the inside bigger then a bucket. I made 3-4 sets. I stacked the buckets with lids on and disks betwixt them. I wrapped it in scored corrugated card board (refrigerator boxes)I taped the stuff in place with strips of paper tape and outdoor wood glue. After drying, I I did another layer, same technique. I took plaster's fiberglass &quot;tape&quot; and plastered it thinly over the seams allowed it to dry then Glued on eyes nose and moth and arms/hands that I made from cardboard and shaped over the tiki as the shaper, Then I spackled it, then painted it. Some where I have a Pic. If I can find them I will post one. </p><p>I always thought about doing them in stone and putting outside with a speaker.</p><p>I encourage all to try this it is a hoot. The cub scouts loved it and I scared the wits out of a school teacher. (it was brought to school and placed in a class room that had big ferns, the teacher walks through in semi dark and turns to see this creature staring at her, in a virtually noiseless dark place. </p><p>If I did this technique for out side I would do two things</p><p>1) use coroplast (corrugated plastic signage, free AFTER elections), and </p><p>2) after using plain ceent I would coat in thinset used in tile work it is paintable and waterproof and has bonding compound in it.</p><p>ciao</p>
Nice project, gonna make a set for my daughter's place!!!! You did a great job!!
Here's a suggestion that will make your whole project lighter, cheaper and easier to move: mix perlite into your cement to make &quot;faux cement.&quot; You can buy large bags of this stuff at Home Depot, Lowes, any garden store. Don't be afraid to mix in peat moss, too-- you pretty much get adobe, which has great texture and is very strong, and less likely to crack. Just make sure you have enough concrete in there to hold it together. <br> <br>I've made this stuff into fake boulders...cool, paintable, lightweight!
Thanks for the awesome post, I have to say that this is one of the most creative <a href="http://mycoolpatio.com/Patio-Speakers" rel="nofollow">patio speakers</a> that I've seen. Because since I throw a lot of parties in our backyard, I try and make my backyard look as good as it can get. And I would definitely get these in my backyard.
These are the coolest outdoor <a href="http://mycoolpatio.com/Patio-Speakers" rel="nofollow">patio speakers</a> that I have ever seen! Thank you so much for posting this information on how to build them. What would be a good place to get these supplies? Thank you for your help!
That is awesome! What if the lips would move, though? that would be even cooler!
Is it water proof?
Yep, its been going strong for about three years now! (i wrote the instructable a year after i built the tiki). It's pretty waterproof, its just a concrete statue with exterior paint on it essentially.
That are some of the coolest <a href="http://mycoolpatio.com/Patio-Speakers">patio speakers</a> I have ever seen. I want one, but I kind of also want to make my own unique one as well.
Great instructable! I built one over the summer. I did a few things differently but same end result.
Very Nice. We have a tropical themed area in our back yard and I have been thinking about converting our thrift store stereo speakers into outdoor speakers that can stay outside. Your idea is just the thing and is brilliant! Any ideas for concrete reinforcements fibers etc. to make the final product lighter and more resistant to cracking over the long haul?
Dude love the Tiki! I will defineately try this. Last year we had a row of Snow Tiki's, when we got record snows in Virginia One question though did you put wire mesh over Tiki's facial features it was a little hard to tell in your pictures?
I believe there was only the drywall mesh on the features, since chicken wire would be hard to bend around such small features.
Thank you!
&nbsp;Yo dawg i herd you leik tikis so imma put a tiki in ur tiki so you lose the game
&nbsp;good job alex hahahaha
&nbsp;Self bump?
&nbsp;No, Just that this guy has two identities. One is Gangsta adn the other one is normal...
&nbsp;Makes sense
&nbsp;we seem to have an epidemic of multiple persona attacks... NO ONE IS SAFE!
AHHHHHHH!!!!!!...<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> OHHH YEAHHHH!!!!!<br /> <br /> <br /> OH NO IT IS HAPPINING TO ME!!!!!!<br /> <br /> OHH YEAHHH
&nbsp;Oops, my other identity got control....
This is great!&nbsp; But I'm confused here:&nbsp; <br /> Take your plastic sheeting and measure out enough material to cover the top of your tiki. Once you have your plastic measured, cut it out with your dremel tool. Glue it on top with your Liquid Nails.<br /> What plastic sheeting are you talking about?&nbsp; Can you describe what the product is that you used and why?&nbsp; Could I just use a bucket lid? <br /> I'm trying to envision how to make a bear standing up.&nbsp; Thanks?
Sorry about the confusion here. I used plastic that I had acquired by cutting up a rectangular cat litter box. All that you really need is some sort of rigid plastic sheeting, like lexan, or possibly metal. A bucket lid would work too, but I didn't feel like going out to get one, so I just chopped up a cat litter bucket. I hope this helps!<br />
This is amazing ible you&nbsp;definitely get 5 star from me. &nbsp;I hope&nbsp;to make&nbsp;something&nbsp;similar&nbsp;for my garden one day.
Here is a thought, instead of music, for say Halloween or any time you want to be 'different' build the Wind Harp listed here<br /> <br /> http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-Wind-Harp!<br /> <br /> and amp teh sound though this....<br />
Looks cool in the picture, must put this on the list.........<br />
Awesome!&nbsp; This is way better than those lame rock-speakers.<br />
if this loads here twice I&nbsp;appologise, and I&nbsp;do not know if my pics will come through. here was the last post<br /> <br /> I&nbsp;found a pic or two from old emails, but not the assembling photo's :-( <br /> <br /> the pics don't do it justice. I&nbsp;took it to my kids grammar school for a show and tell, delivered it early and hid it among the ferns in 1 classroom (no pics :-(&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ) a randomn teacher walked through and almost fainted , it was a surprise and big! almost 7 feet tall and wide as a compund bucket. The thing is cardboard (refrigerator box sliced up on one side so it rolls up), then glued, then I made appliances from cardboard (all glued with yellow carpenters glue) then stucco'd lightly with plaster and painted up. He was sorta a copy of &quot;first man&quot; as seen by the Maori. <br /> <br /> He stood in a couple of scout events, and then my kitchen, went to school then halloween then , burned in trash , how sad.&nbsp; But we had no place for him.....
<span class="803115615-27052010"><font face="Calibri">Well done! I'm thinking on incorporating an old Fog machine I have laying around and LED lighting for effect. Imagine if smoke rolled out his ears! <br /> Great Job ! </font></span>
I&nbsp;like it I&nbsp;like I&nbsp;made one almost 7 feet tall using similar technique, although I&nbsp;never added a sound device. Mine was for the Cub Scouts!&nbsp; If I&nbsp;still have a copy of pics I&nbsp;will attach one. <br /> <br /> I&nbsp;made mine with cardboard rooled around two spakle/compund buckets with lids on carefully made rounds that I&nbsp;glued in place every 2-3 feet then pulled the buckets.&nbsp; The top of mine was egg shaped and sat on a bucket flled with steel plates. Tiki Man came off the bucket and fit nicely in my minivan. We put him out at holloween (do put yours out too, with eerie music and add lights to his eyes) but he was not allowed back in house so I&nbsp;trashed him. He loked real nice when the garbage men cam and they just stared laughed and threw him in.<br /> <br /> yet another dead Diety.<br /> <br /> sparkie<br /> <br /> A virus wiped me out a few years back in the clone wars of 05 , I&nbsp;think I&nbsp;lost tikki man, if I&nbsp;find him I&nbsp;will post with the series of pics I&nbsp;shot as I&nbsp;did it. It was either pre instructables or I&nbsp;did not know about it then.<br /> <br />
&nbsp;brilliant putting it on a wagon! &nbsp;Why did I never thing of that!
Awesome idea, brilliant execution!
&nbsp;I want to do something similar, but less tiki and more Aussie. Any ideas?
you could try a kangaroo, with the speaker in the pouch
&nbsp;Thats so awesome! Now all I have to do is get one to stand still so i can make a sculpture of it!<br /> <br /> thanks,<br /> --brokeit<br />
good luck!
I haven't read the write up yet but the concept is great.
For some reason this kinda reminds me of Night at the Museum with the Easter Island head
really cool! that is a great project!<br />
Very awesome!&nbsp; Great job on writing the 'ible as well.
Here is something I learned while working with clay. To help slow the drying process a bit, wrap in newspaper and wet the paper, and loosely cover in a plastic bag. <br />
Thanks for the tip! I'll have to try that on my next cement project<br />
THIS is multi-level kewlness!<br /> <br />
That looks amazing, great job!<br />
Awesome!&nbsp; What a great instructable with great detail! I think that this technique could be used for a great deal of different outdoor projects, and you should be proud of your work here.&nbsp; Bonzers!&nbsp; - Pj
Great i'ble. Who doesn't like tiki statues?&nbsp;
Great project...gives me ideas, thanks. Cman<br />

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