Bottle Speaker

Do you have an old bottle lying around?

Do you have an old speaker or plan to buy on in the near future?

If so, put the two to use and combine them using this simple and easy tutorial on how to make a Bottle Speaker!

What you'll need:

  • An old bottle
  • A speaker that still works
  • Cloth (This is for decoration purposes, this of course is optional)
  • A juice carton/cordial bottle

Needed Tools:

  • Something sharp (E.g - Keys, knife,scissors, etc)
  • A drill
  • A soldering iron
  • A screwdriver
  • A Handsaw
  • Super Glue

Step 1: Dismantling the Speaker

When dismantling your speaker, you'll need to be a little bit rough with it (Not too rough, just don't be afraid to take stuff apart).

To take apart the speaker, you will most likely need a screwdriver, a soldering iron and maybe even a drill. Be sure you know what to do with the tools your using as not using them properly can lead to minor injuries. Most of the time, taking a speaker apart should be direct and simple in regards to what you need to do. Be sure to take it apart from the outside right into the inside, instead of making a giant whole in it and dismantling it from the inside out. E.g: If there's a grill on the outside, find a way to take it off and continue from there.

For the people making this instructable, the process went like this (in order):

  1. Take the grill off the front
  2. Screw the casing off of the speaker
  3. Take circuit boards out of their little slots that held them in
  4. Destroy the super glue holding the battery in
  5. Drill a hole in some of the casing so we could pull the speaker out

This process may be different for you, but hopefully it shouldn't be too hard to deal with if you pay attention to what you need to get done.

Step 2: Taking Apart Your Bottle

Once your done dismantling the speaker, it's time to move on to your bottle. You will need to make sure there's a hole at the top of your bottle that the speaker can be mounted on. Measure out your speaker and make a slightly smaller hole for it to sit in on the top of your bottle now if this hasn't already been done. If your speaker had any buttons, (such as an on/off or a volume up/down button) It's ideal to measure where the buttons will sit so you can make holes in the bottle to make the buttons accessible from the outside.

There are many ways you could do this of course, but we suggest that you make a rectangular shaped panel, big enough to hold all of your components (Not including the speaker and wiring) using something like a juice carton. You will also want to cut a whole that's slightly smaller than your panel using a handsaw. If it isn't obvious already, we will explain why you need to do this in the next step.

Step 3: Combining the Two Together

If you followed us in the previous step, you will have made a rectangular shaped panel and you will also have made a hole in the bottle, slightly smaller than the panel.

Now, you will need to Measure the sizes of your buttons and switches (that control the speaker) and make an outline of those measurements onto your panel. If you screw this process up, you can always start again and make another panel out of the same bottle you used to make the first one. Before we move on to the next step, you will need to unplug the speaker from the battery now. Once the outlines for the buttons are done, cut them out and carefully superglue your circuit boards and the battery onto the panel. Make sure that they're in line with the cut - outs you made. Also be sure to the have the circuit boards facing vertically so they don't get destroyed when the speaker is in use.

Then, plug the wires back into the on/off switch and place the speaker on the top of the bottle (where you made the hole that depended on the size and shape of your speaker). Superglue both the speaker and the panel to your bottle, and be sure to wrap some zip - ties around the panel to ensure that it stays on there while the superglue dries. You can cut the zip ties off when the superglue is dry.

Step 4: Textiles (Optional)

If you don't think the finished product looks good, our solution is textiles.

You can use any material you would like, just as long as you cut a hole in the material so you can once again, access the buttons and switches of your speaker. There are also many ways you can attach it to the speaker. We put a rubber band at the bottom of our material and sewed it up to make sure it doesn't pop off. You can also layer other materials on top of the first layer of cloth for extra style points.

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