Picture of How to Make Paper Speakers From Scratch
How to Make paper Speakers From Scratch

This is a speaker i made from scratch useing scraps i found around my home. The goal of this project was to make a speaker for free out of scrap. The other thing was that i did not use a pre made speaker to make this.

I will show how to make it, so you can build your own :)

Heres a video of the sound of my speaker.


Step 1: Parts and Tools

Picture of Parts and Tools

soldering iron


construction paper
card board
card board tube
audio jack
coated copper magnet wire (This must be atleast 8 ohms to protect your devices)
ysoni1 year ago
how is it working without battery
great instructable.i made one too but the sound is not very loud.but enough for a hand made one
Guchiwoochi (author)  argha halder2 years ago
Thanks :) btw mine wasnt all that loud either. But it was just an expiriment.
you are welcome
batman962 years ago
That coil looks less than 8 ohms, less than that can tear up your music playing device.
Guchiwoochi (author)  batman962 years ago
Oh thanks for the warning. I will post that the coil must be atleast 8 ohms.
I checked and my coil was just bareley 8 ohms I guess it still worked fine.
Yea 8 ohms is usually the lowest resistance of a speaker, although some VERY loud speakers go lower, they have special amps that can take it.
Just wanted to make sure nobody blamed you for tearing their stuff up.
By the way great instructable, the finished product looks Cool.
How loud is it?
Guchiwoochi (author)  batman962 years ago
Its fairly quiet. around the sound of loud cheap earbuds. But, I might add a small amplifier for it. This speaker itself was mostly just "proof of concept " speaker that I got the idea from looking at an old stereo I had. And Thanks for telling me the speaker had to be 8 ohms. It would have been bad it this really messed up someones equipment. I dont know all to much about speakers coil.
Really interesting, they should add this in junior high school coursework
shastri2 years ago
Awesome, will try with my daughter soon
artcfartc2 years ago
That's pretty awesome! When my neighbor told me he couldn't have hardcover books in prison because people would make speakers out of them, I thought he was pulling my leg. After seeing this, I guess it is possible.
Guchiwoochi (author)  artcfartc2 years ago
Lol i guess the prison guards dont want to listen to their music :/
Wyle_E2 years ago
Cool. Quibble: That's an audio plug. The jack is what you plug it into.
rjcullis2 years ago
This is just super. I used to have a speaker making company and would love to make this to show to school students how a speaker works. It would be fun to use this as the speaker in a folded horn speaker system. The folded horn could be made out of cardboard to be true to the paper idea.
Vijster12 years ago
The wiring you have setup now takes audio from one channel, while your music has two. Why not wire this up to a stereo jack, so you can regain the other half of your music? Simply wire what you have going to the audio on the jack to both the right and left. Though you didn't ask for it, I hope this helps you improve your speaker!
Kiteman2 years ago
Any chance of hearing a recording of it in action?
Guchiwoochi (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
Shure! I will post one today.
Guchiwoochi (author)  Guchiwoochi2 years ago
Actually I dont know how to post a video, but I posted a link to the video.
GrissleFist2 years ago
That's awesome. Can't wait to try it.