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Everyone wants speakers, but they are often very expensive, and aren't portable at all. Chances are the you have received a lot of those holiday or birthday cards that sing to you when you open them. Maybe you got an undesirable present that happens to have a speaker inside of it. In this Instructable, I am going to show you how to make your own speakers from stuff you have lying around the house, and then put them inside an Altoids tin. Not only will they look cool, but they will also be portable and very functional. They work with ANY device that accepts 3.5 mm audio jacks, and as of today, most devices do, such as Ipods, Iphones, Ipads, Mp3 players, Mp4 players, and many, many more. You won't have to buy a single thing for this Instructable. These speakers can easily fit in your pocket!


luckily, there is not much in this Instructable that could harm you, so you should be good to go. 
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Works but mine are very quiet. Any suggestions?

ItalianJack7 months ago
Hey I noticed one thing. You should twist the two same colored wires together, and the two different colored wires together, so you can get both channels of sound (R, L) on one speaker. I think that's how it works. Great 'able!
Verticees (author)  ItalianJack6 months ago

That's a great idea! Thanks for your comment!

what happens if the connections fall off

Verticees (author)  MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE9 months ago

Well then the speaker won't work unless you solder them back together!

I was slightly confused as to the part in which you connect the wires of the headphones and speaker could you explain it in a simple way? Thx
Verticees (author)  johnnyrancher71911 months ago

Cut off one earbud cable altogether (each earbud has its own cable). Then, cut the earbud off the remaining cable, exposing the wires inside (there should be two colors wires in it). Strip the insulation of the cable so you can further see the wires. Now, use a lighter to burn off the insulation from the wires. Finally, connect the two wires inside the cable to the two wires on the speaker (polarity does not matter). That should be it!

If you need anymore help, don't be afraid to comment again! I'd be glad to help!

jajer1 year ago
Awesome tutorial dude, but I have a few questions;
Wouldn't the speakers also need a power source?
If I was to put a system like this into a guitar, would it work?
Verticees (author)  jajer1 year ago
The speakers do not need a power source since they do not have an amplifier unit. Although it should work with a guitar, I heavily recommend that you do not use it for your guitar because the speakers can probably not deliver the volume or sound quality you are looking for. Hope this helps!
This was a really good instructable! This is going to help a lot with my project.
Verticees (author)  Gettekiller0071 year ago
Well I'm glad I could help!
Bjarke1 year ago
I noticed that you used a stereo jack. Does'nt that mean that if you heard some stereo music, then you could only hear one part of it, instead of converting it to mono.
dodo91 Bjarke1 year ago
actually, analogy headphones/speakers dont work like that. They have one of 2 types, Mono, which is the left speaker only, and stereo. The plug doesnt "Convert" it to mono, it simply only puts out the left/right speaker.
Great idea will the speakers you used from the headphone work as well
Verticees (author)  swim_guy51501 year ago
That is possible, but I recommend using speakers from over ear headphones, not the ear buds I had.
dretana1 year ago
Dont you need a power source like a battery?
Verticees (author)  dretana1 year ago
Hi dretana,
Since these are only speakers, you don't need batteries. However, if you make speakers with an amplifier unit, you will need a battery. You don't need batteries in this instructable
thanks for the great instructable
Verticees (author)  davtheman2231 year ago
Thank you so much
Cole4792 years ago
So, on a scale of 1 to 10, what is the quality of sound from the one made in this instructable?
Verticees (author)  Cole4792 years ago
The one made in this Instructable has a sound quality of about 6-7
The one shown in the last step has a sound quality of 9.

Of course, they are not super high quality, like Beats.
Do they not sound a bit "Tinny"?
Verticees (author)  awsomenesskid2 years ago
haha, hi awesomenesskid. The sound quality of your speakers really depends on what speakers you are using. The speakers may sound a little tinny however, if you close the lid and play music. There are two solutions to this problem:
1.) Keep the lid open when playing music
2.) Make a bunch of holes in a circular arrangement on the lid

Thanks for commenting, hope this helps!
jensenr302 years ago
really nice! very cool instructable!
Verticees (author)  jensenr302 years ago