Introduction: Cardboard Tube Speaker System

I will be teaching and talking about my Instructable project. My project as you can tell from the title is about speakers. Now these speakers will be very cheap and easy to make with depending on brand, color, and store would be the spray paint which even then is optional. These speakers can be used really for anything you want from music to stories. Depending on how you cut it it can work on most technology. Now before we begin here is a photo of the end product and I just want you to know that this is heavily inspired by another item and most of the design is also based off that. But now without further ado here is the supplies.

This Instructable is just one of hopefully many to come from Dover Intermediate School in Westlake, Ohio. In Technology Literacy class students explore many components of technology. will help students share their work and experience in dreaming, planning, designing, making and documenting. We hope this to be just a start of some great ideas and creations. Be sure to follow to see more made by DIS Demons!

Step 1: Tools and Supplies

With this project the Tools and supplies go a bit hand in hand and due to the small supply needed they will be merged into one step.. So with that out of the way here it is.

  • Scissors
  • Felt tipped Pen
  • Paint (optional)
  • Cups x2
  • Cardboard tube

Step 2: Phone Placement

Take the cardboard paper towel tube and mark the middle where you will put the cell phone.

Step 3: Cut Slot

Use the scissors to cut the tube along the marked lines.

Step 4: Cut Cups

Mark the end of the tube against the cup and cut along the line.

Step 5: Assemble

Slip the tube into the two cups.

Step 6: Install Baffle Material

Stuff the two tissues/paper towels into the cardboard tube (this makes it sound quality better).

If you feel it sounds fine without the without the tissue then you can just leave it be.

Step 7: Install Phone

Put it together to make sure everything fits.

Step 8: Paint

Take apart again and paint. Don’t forget to remove the iPhone!

Step 9: Reassemble

Put it all together!

I hope you have enjoyed this project and have had fun making it. Also many of the ideas from this came from the smithsonian book “Maker Lab”.


Made by DIS Demon


Cardboard Contest 2017

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Cardboard Contest 2017