Yet Another Altoids Speaker System




A quick, easy to make, and actually pretty powerful speaker system; made from an Altoids tin and a cheap speaker system I bought at Ross. I know tons of these Instructables already exist, but it's my first, so I'm doing something simple.

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Step 1: Components

You're going to need:
Altoids tin
Speaker/s(You can buy the little iPod speaker sets for pretty cheap just about anywhere.)
MP3 Player/iPod(for testing)
Needle nose pliers
Wire cutters/Scissors
Metal File(optional)

Step 2: Prepare the Altoids Tin

Using your wire cutters or scissors, cut a hole into the lip of the Altoids tin, and its lid, which is large enough to let the wire of your speakers through. There are ways to build these so that just the headphone jack sticks out, without the wire needing to be pulled out to function correctly, but I don't know how to do that.
You can use your pliers to bend the edges around themselves, making a nice, less sharp edge on your tin. Alternatively, use the metal file to smooth them out.

Next, layer the inside of the tin with duct tape. This step isn't required, but it can keep your speakers from sliding around.

Step 3: Place Speakers/wires

My speakers were a bit too large, so I needed to layer them on top of each other. Take most of your wire(keeping about an inch of wire left out) and place it directly underneath one end of the two placed speakers. I put a piece of duct tape on top of the wires to make them look a bit nicer, and make my headphone jack easier to find. To keep the headphone jack safe during storage, simply tuck it underneath the speakers.

Step 4: Finished Product

When you're done, you should come up with a pretty lightweight, compact, and portable speaker system. Since it's an Altoids tin, you can easily fit it in a purse or pocket.

Thanks for reading, and happy building.

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    13 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    The Altoids tin is a useful package for many things, but sometimes it's used simply because it is an Altoids tin. Your use of "Yet Another" hints that this perhaps isn't the best package for the speakers, and your main aim was to put speakers into the tin?


    6 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I agree, there are just too many projects that would be better if they werent stuffed into Altoids tins just because everyone else does.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    That's another way of putting it. I was interested that the author used the words "Yet Another" like they were aware of this. L


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    "Yet Another" implies that it's been done before. Altoids tins actually make wonderful houses for speakers.


    10 years ago on Step 4

    this is kinda vague. i know it's your first, but a little more detail, please?

    2 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 4

    I changed a few words to make the whole thing a bit less vague, but I don't see much I could do to it to make it any less...


    9 years ago on Step 4

    Heyyy...i have that same mp3 player!!


    10 years ago on Step 4

    he basically put speakers in the altoids tin and made a hole for the wire to come out

    1 reply