Introduction: DIY Speaker Boombox

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Don't throw that DIY Speaker box away, use it to make an acoustic Boom Box. It might be small, but it packs a punch and isn't nearly as big and heavy as an original. All you need is a little bit of time and a few easy to find extras.

Step 1:

You will need:

DIY speaker (pre-made)

DIY Speaker box (get it out of the recycling bin now)

Roll Brown paper sealing tape

2 elastic bands

2 metal tags

2 matchsticks (or similar)


Hole punch (optional)

Glue stick

Step 2: De-construct

Remove the inner compartment sleeve from the box

Step 3: Create Doors

Take the compartment insert and tape together middle section to form a Y shape

Step 4: Secure Doors

Place back into the box the other way round to form two flap doors. Tape the middle of the division to the base of the box with brown tape on both sides. Make sure you press it in tight to the corners to get a secure fit.

Step 5: Prepare Fastenings

Take two elastic bands, cut in half and re knot.

Step 6: Prepare Door Fixings

From the remaining box inserts, cut two 4cm squares and punch in the center with a hole.

Step 7: Prepare Doors

Punch two holes 2cm in from the edge of the box

Step 8: Secure Door Fixings

Push a knotted elastic through the door hole and sandwich a matchstick and piece of card on the other side with the tail of the knot popping out the back. Make sure the card is orientated with its ridges running parallel with the side edge of the flap, crease to cover knot and glue firmly in place.

Repeat on other side.

Step 9: Doors So Far

Now you should look like this: 2 flaps, 2 elastic ties, but no hooks to secure.

Step 10: Insert Audio Cable

Enlarge the central hole enough to feed the audio cable through the middle division.

Step 11: Add Fixings

Punch holes aligned with top elastic band and internal slit in box. Insert metal tags, leaving a little bit of play to allow for the hooking of the elastic band.

Step 12: Attach Speaker

Put the DIY Speaker in the right hand compartment and secure the exciter to the door flap.

Turn on and test.

Step 13: Customise

We have opted for the traditional Boom Box, which you can download from here, but let your imagination run wild and free.

This is a small compact system, and ideal for an MP3 player or smaller phone, so a simple way to make this fit the fashion for the larger phone is to cut a slot in the top and sealing with some more paper tape. This will enable the phone and to peep out making for super speedy music changes. Hello.

What can I say, we are working within our means, and a box is a box.