Amplify your smartphone sound with outdoor speakers made from simple household items We decided to amp up the classic speaker DIY with a little pizzazz from our Elephant's Garden & Foreign Bazaar wrapping sheets!

All you need is an empty paper towel tube and two paper cups, and you’ll be jamming out to your favorite tunes in no time. This DIY craft is easy to make, costs next to nothing, and, best of all, truly works!


To make them, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 empty paper towel roll
  • 2 paper cups (the bigger the cup, the bigger the sound)
  • Markers or pencil
  • Utility knife
  • Sharp scissors
  • Double stick tape
  • Printfresh Foreign Bazaar & Elephant's Garden Wrapping Sheets

Once you have gathered your supplies you are ready to roll. Start by cutting down your paper towel roll (optional) to the length desired. Then hold cups up to one end of the speaker and trace the size of hole you will need to cut out of the cup. Cut along the circle you just traced out and adjust size of circle to fit paper towel circumference if needed.

Now that you have your measured circles cut out, you can start to cover and decorate your speaker! This is the fun part and is totally up to you to design how you want your speaker to look. We decided to cover ours in our wrapping sheets for the office.

Once your speaker is decorated you can now start to assemble. Fit in your paper roll into the pre-cut circles in your two cups. Secure with tape underneath if needed.

Lastly, pick your favorite playlist and enjoy your DIY outdoor speaker by the pool or barbecue!


Let us know what event you use your speaker for!

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