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Make an iPod Speaker from a Hallmark Music Card

Make an iPod Speaker from a Hallmark Music Card

Ever get one of those cards for your birthday that plays music when you open it Do not throw it away, you can use it as a speaker for your iPod.
Cut the speaker wire at the base of the circuit board first and then gently remove the speaker from the card. If you don’t cut the speaker wire first you could end up ripping the wire from the base of the speaker and then you’d really need a soldering iron. The speaker is fixed to the card with a small circular piece of double sided tape, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to remove. Avoid the urge here to use your utility knife to “cut away” the speaker – you could accidentally cut right into the speaker itself.
Cut headphone wires at the base of each headphone.Next, strip the wires. You may notice some fiber-like material interlaced with the leads themselves. Strip this stuff out with your utility knife or you will not be able to get a solid connection from your headphones to the speaker.Connect headphone wires to speaker wires.
You’ll also want to cut a small hole towards the bottom rear of the box to feed the headphone jack through. Feeding the wire through the back/bottom of the box not only makes it look nice, but also weights the box so that it doesn’t fall forward on its face when you stand it up on end.
Run a small amount of glue along the beveled edge of the speaker and quickly attach it inside the box. Hold it to give the glue a chance to dry. Secure it by adding some spots of glue along the top and bottom edges of the speaker where it meets the box. Try not to glob it on so that you don’t add more weight. I ended up using way more than I should have, but it didn’t make the box unstable.


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