Reuse Your Art Deco Easter Egg Box to create a Sound System

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If you’re looking for a way to reuse your Easter Egg box other than card recycling you could consider creating a sound system like this with it…

It will require some technical ability to do this and some patience, but it isn’t expensive. It could be a good introduction into the low cost world of Raspberry Pi computing.

The kit used is a complete streaming sound system that can stream your own audio files stored on the SD card, Tune In Radio, or Spotify. It’s not a bluetooth speaker, it’s a separate audio system controlled from a smart phone via a web interface.

Firstly you’ll need the wonderful Pirate Audio kit from Pimoroni here….

At the time of writing this kit costs £19-50. You’ll also need to buy a pair of small speakers if you don’t have any. I used the recommended extras £3 miniature speakers from Pimoroni and put one at each end of the Easter Egg box taping them to the lids and making small holes in the card to allow the sound to come out.

If you don’t have one you’ll also need a Raspberry Pi computer. I used the low cost raspberry pi zero. Unless you want to play around with a soldering Iron I would buy the version with the pre-soldered header that the Audio board connects to. You may also want to buy a set of spacers to mount the boards to one another.

Finally if you’ve not used a raspberry pi before you’ll need a micro SD card, an old USB keyboard, a USB mouse, and a TV or monitor that takes an HDMI input. So that might start to sound a little more involved! You can buy various starter kits from Pimoroni, but if you can gather together the bits it will save you money and help the general use of recycled materials. For example you can buy older computer monitors in charity shops (when they reopen) for as little as £10 and use an HDMI to VGA converter. Do check the number of USB ports on the board you buy as you may also need to use a USB expander to plug in mouse and keyboard. One USB port is typically used to power the PiZero.

Once setup the system works standalone and you don’t need a keyboard, mouse or monitor. The system is controlled via a mobile phone web interface. When you plug it in an IP address will be displayed on screen that you type into your mobile phone web browser to connect.

The SD card will need to be programmed with the Raspberry Pi operating system. You can either do this using a download from the raspberry pi website following instructions here. This will require a computer with an SD card slot.

Or you can buy a preprogrammed card or starter kit on the Pimoroni or PiHut websites.

Finally you’ll need to follow the Pirate Audio instructions on the Pimoroni website

If this all sounds a bit complicated you could use your Easter egg box as a plant pot, or simply recycle it in cardboard recycling!

I think the sound quality of the whole system is rather good for an Easter Egg box!


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