Altoids Tin Ipod Case




in this instructable you will learn how to make an altoids tin in to a ipod case. this is my first one so please leve feedback on how to make better.

Step 1: What You Need

yoy will need

1. an ipod nano or anything else you can get to fit (ipod mini is to big) The 3rd gen ipod (short and fat) will fit in too, but you will have to change the way you cut the foam. the newest ipod may fit, but i haven't tried it.

2. A drill bit as big as the end of a pair of headphones and a drill.

3. Styrofoam(to pad the ipod nano)

4. duct tape

Step 2: Shape the Styrafoam

shape the Styrofoam so it will fit in the Altoids tin. (roughly 3.5in by 2.25 in)

use a knife to shape out a cradle for the ipod nano. (.26 inches deep)

Step 3: Drill the Hole

insert the Styrofoam into the tin. take the Altoids tin and mark a dot about 1/4 of an inch from the top and 1/2 inch from the corner. check this by putting your pod in the case and centering the hole to the headphone jack. (sorry about the sucky picture quality, it was taken from my phone)

Step 4: Duct Tape It Up (and Show It Off!)

take the duct tape and cover up the Styrofoam and let it run over a little so it holds the Styrofoam in. tape up all the edges to prevent it from scratching up your ipod (or you). now insert your ipod and start to listen to the minty cool music of your ipod minty. take it to school or work and amaze people about how cool your ipod now is. (it also serves as and almost indestructible case, but it only pads it if you use the Styrofoam.



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    37 Discussions

    Red Monkey

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Expanding foam might make good padding. Just squeeze it in the tin, sit the ipod in it and trim when dry. You'd probably have to coat the ipod in something so it didn't stick to the foam though.

    1 reply

    this is a really good idea, but the duct tape, thats the problem, duct tape doesnt look that great in it,and it can also damage your ipod, so I came up with a solution: buy thin memory foam, heat up a hot glue gun until its just hot enough to squirt the glue out, and put a layer of the foam on the top and bottom of your tin, this forms the shape of the ipod nicely too!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    you should make another one with speakers coming out the back. That would be pretty sweet


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    prety nice, but i made this in about 10- 15 minutes and it serves the serves the same purpice and looks the same on the outside.

    Dirt Rider

    10 years ago on Introduction

    i made somthing like this once but i lost my ipod so i cant use it lol


    10 years ago on Introduction

    i made mine with fabric instead of duct tape because it looks nicer. i also wrote the names of great bands on the top lid with all different colors of sharpie. it looks great!

    the Mrs.

    10 years ago on Step 4

    pretty good! next time check the spelling and stuff, because it can take away from the instructable, but otherwise it was fantastic...


    10 years ago on Introduction

    WOW i cant wait until they get one for the ipod classic >:(


    11 years ago on Introduction

    its extremely hard to find altoids in the uk, but we have a time share in florida so wenever i go out on holiday, i buy masses of altoids in different size cases lol

    there is a tape called gaffers tape that wont melt or leave residue on your ipod. i would use that