Picture of The Altoids Tin iPod Speaker/Case!

So my friend pulled out his fancy new touchscreen iPod nano and went to the radio function to listen to some sports game.  He checked his pocket and was dissapointed when he found out he had no earbuds, so now he couldn't check the score.  The solution for this would be to build a small, affordable, easy to build speaker system for any iPod or mp3 player without a built in speaker.  The materials are pretty easy to get if you don't already have them, and it is so simple to build that I would highly recommend this project for kids and students.  I hope you enjoy making your iPod speaker!

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Step 1: Materials

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You will need...

* Felt
* An altoids tin
* An old pair of headphone or earbuds
* a mini speaker from a Hallmark singing card


* Hot Glue Gun (with glue)
* An awl
* A Hammer
* Soldering iron with solder (optional)
* Tin Snips
* Pliers

Step 2: Prepare the Headphones

Cut the headphones off of the wire so you have two wires.  Make sure the two wires are about 10" long.  Strip the wires revealing a colored wire and a copper wire.  The Colored wire is your positive wire and the copper wire is ground, or negative.  The polarities will not affect the speaker, but it is a good thing to know which is which.

Step 3: Wire the Speaker

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Clip the speaker out of the card so you still have the positive and negative leads.  Twist together or solder one of the colored wires to the positive speaker lead, and the negative wire to the ground lead. You will only need one set of a colored and copper wires, so feel free to clip the other one back.  Wrap the connection with electric tape, and plug the speaker into your ipod to test it out.  If it doesn't work, check your polarities. If it still doesn't work, check to make sure your connections are good.
This is really cool!
tdorrough2 years ago
Where can all the materials be found?
ivanjacob3 years ago
add an amp please
DoctorDv (author)  ivanjacob3 years ago
I'm new to audio projects, but if you can explain to me how to make an amp, I would gladly attempt it. Also, what would an amp do to improve my speaker? Thanks!

Yes. An amp would be a great addition to this project. An amplifier will allow a larger speaker to be hooked up to your iPod with out damaging it. So instead of a hallmark speaker, you can take a speaker out of an old boombox and use it.


DoctorDv (author)  Michael_Bell3 years ago
Thanks, maybe I could do this sometime, but as for right now, I would like to keep my speaker inside of an altoids tin. If I added an amp to my hallmark speaker, would it make the music louder? If so, how could I make one? Thanks!
bwrussell3 years ago
Glad this worked out, it looks good.