Intro: Hidden Flower Speaker
Hello, today I have a neat little project that should be fun for anybody, should only take approx. 30 minutes, and is the perfect addition to any desk (at work or at home).
When you're at work, don't you notice sometimes it gets too quiet? Do you, like me, have a boss that won't let you have anything unprofessional-looking on your desk? Then why not solve both problems; build a speaker into a flower pot!
Concealed in this bouquet (or mess) of fake flowers is a small speaker! While it may not be too powerful, it is probably more than enough so that you can hear your mp3 player, but not enough to annoy co-workers. The beautiful part is that unless somebody knows where the speaker is, nobody would probably guess!
(sorry if pictures are blurry, done with a cell phone camera)
Step 1: Materials
Here is a list of some materials you will need:
1x Flower pot (preferably with a hole in the bottom; $1.50 at the dollar store)
1x Speaker (pulled mine out of a broken set of skullcandy headphones)
Fake flowers (Dollar store)
Thin Cardboard (Soda pop boxes work wonders)
Also necessary are the following tools:
Adhesive (tape or glue)
Drill or Dremel Tool (should your pot need a hole)
Step 2: Prepping the Speaker
(IT IS GOING TO BE ASSUMED THAT YOUR SPEAKER IS ALREADY BUILT AND/OR FUNCTIONING. IF IT ISN'T, CHECK ONE OF THE MANY OTHER HELPFUL INSTRUCTABLES ON THIS SITE)
The most important thing to do is make sure your speaker will fit inside your flower pot. The best way is to see if it will touch the bottom (if it doesn't, it may be a tight fit later on). Once this is ensured, we can begin tracing!
Start by tracing the top of your pot onto the cardboard. This will serve as your speaker base.
Cut out your newly traced shape, and the proceed to trace your speaker into the middle. This will be where the speaker rests.
You may choose to cut the circle out completely, but I found it works better if you simply cut a cross into your circle (as shown); these 'flaps' will be able to support your speaker, and should bend enough so that your speaker sits flat.
Step 3: Securing Your Speaker
Now that we have a place to put the speaker, it's time to assemble!
Start by placing your speaker into the hole that was cut in the previous step. Secure your speaker using whichever adhesive you selected (I used duct tape).
IF YOUR FLOWER POT DID NOT CONTAIN A HOLE AT THE BOTTOM, NOW IS THE TIME TO DRILL ONE OUT. MAKE SURE YOU CAN FIT YOUR 3.5mm JACK THROUGH IT!!
To install the speaker into the pot, first feed your cord and jack through the hole at the bottom as far as you can.
Next, bend the corners of your cardboard, so that your speaker base can sit lower into the pot. You may need to cut slits into the cardboard for easier fitting (as shown).
Once this is done, simply secure your base into the pot using an adhesive of your choice (again, I used duct tape).
Step 4: Hiding the Speaker
Before you start putting in your flowers, make sure your speaker still works. Just to be safe.
If you are using a square pot as I am, you should have some open spaces made when you attached your speaker. These will be what hold up your flowers!
You are going to have to cut your flowers into small sticks, so beware as some flowers contain metal flexible stems!
Simply cut and place your flowers into the open holes, ensuring to cover as much space as you can. If your flowers have metal stems , you can bend your flowers so that they are more in the middle.
Add as many as you need to make it look pretty, and congratulations! You can hide your speaker at work!