During this month's Family Vacation in Long Beach Island, NJ, the adults would sit out on the porch and listen to music on our phones before dinner each night while enjoying an Orange Crush* (our favorite beach beverage).
The kids came out one evening with an empty paper towel tube and a pair of scissors and whipped up this crazy looking set of "speakers" to amplify the music. Believe it or not, it worked!
They said they saw the idea on Instagram and we had some nice tunes for the rest of our vacation.
Want to make some speakers for the next time you are in a pinch?
Just cut an opening the width and depth of your phone into the top of a paper towel tube.
We discovered that only cutting on 2 short sides and 1 long side while folding the remaining long side inward created a tighter fit so that the phone was suspended rather than resting on the bottom of the tube. It created better sound when the speaker on the bottom of the phone wasn't touching the bottom of the tube.
Might as well pour yourself a drink after you make this portable speaker:
Orange Crush Cocktail
Fill a glass with ice
Squeeze a half an orange into the glass, then drop the squeezed half into the glass
Add a shot (or two) of Orange Stoli
Top off with Sprite.