The Altoids Shuffle/Zen Case (Teachers Wont Notice!)




Bored during that chemistry class? Rather listen to music instead?
Well if you have an altoids tin and a drill, you can make this dream a reality!


Step 1: What You Need

You won't be needing much, and I did this project in about 5 minutes, and that includes taking pictures for this project.

You will need:
1. Your mp3 player. For this project I used a Creative Zen Stone.

2. An altoids can. I used a small 50 Mints 0.37 OZ tin, and my mp3 player fit snug in there. You want to make sure your music player will fit inside the tin, so buy according to your mp3 player's size.

3. Earphones and USB cable. The USB cable for your mp3 player that way you can load and charge your mp3 player. The earphones are self explanatory.

4. Drill and Drill bits. You're going to need to drill a hole inside the altoids tin.

Step 2: Drilling the Altoids Tin

 This is pretty easy, you have to use a drill bit according to the size of headphone jack on the mp3 player. I used a 7/32 size drill bit, so try using that.

You want to put the hole at a good location, I put the hole on the top of the tin (refer to the pictures)

Smooth out the ridges, and get rid of all those metal shavings (Don't breath that stuff in...)

Step 3: The Finished Product

Load the music you want and charge your mp3 player up before you put it in the tin.

Now, [ut the mp3 player inside the tin, plug in the earphones, press play and close the tin. Hooray! You did it! Give yourself a pat on the back!

I posted some pictures on some ways to conceal the mp3 player that way you can listen to it during school, and not get caught, as well as the finished product.

Enjoy! (:



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    9 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Your title is misleading.Change is to something like "Altoids Zen case" because you title is saying you built an MP3 player from scratch in an Altoids tin.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nice case for a zen, I will call it heavty duty zen case.
    I wonder if a bit of silicon and suguru, can make this case water proff

    1 reply

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Maybe, but you gotta find a way to cover that hole for the headphone jack, or the water will leak into the mp3 player. If you find a way, let me know! I would love to make a waterproof case (=