The finished project, a Pringles speaker. Insert your phone or mp3 player and you have a speaker system. JESSICA GARRINGER / CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Jessica Garringer
Photo: Jessica Garringer

DIY under $10: Speaker made from a Pringles can

Give your mp3 player or phone a sonic boost.

Have you ever had a moment where you wished you phone or mp3 player was just a little louder, but didn’t want to spend tons of cash on some fancy speaker system? Here is a solution that will only cost you $2.49 to make.

This speaker is portable and can project sound fairly well.

You will need

Items I purchased:

• A can of Pringles: $1 at Walgreens

• Scrapbook paper: 49 cents at Michaels crafts store

• Wooden craft sticks: $1 at Dollar Tree

Items I already had around the house:

• Scissors

• Tape


1. Cut a small slit on the side of the empty canister about 1 inch in from the top and bottom of the canister.

2. Place a craft stick on both ends of the slit to ensure it sits evenly.

3. With the craft sticks still in place, trace your musical device’s base in the side of the canister that is facing upward.

4. Remove the craft sticks and use your scissors and cut out a slit that fits your device snuggly.

5. Wrap the entire canister with a piece of scrapbook paper, securing all seams with tape and removing any excess paper.

6. Use your scissors to cut your slits out of the scrapbook paper.

7. Place the craft sticks back into your slits and put your musical device in the top side of your canister.

Tip: If the music sounds muffled or tinny, then add some tissue or paper towels to the inside of the container. This will help with the sound.

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