DIY Microphone for Kids

Do your kids like to sing, perform, or generally just like the sound of their own voices?  Are you into upcycling and eating almonds?  Yes?  Well then do I have a project for you!

Are you familiar with Magic Mic?  It doesn’t actually amplify your voice but rather adds reverb with an echo chamber and spring.  We have one and it is super fun even for adults.  It’s in the toy basket and has survived many toy purges over the years because it never seem to lose its play value nor does it run out of batteries!

Turns out an echo mic is a pretty simple device to make!  Want to make one?  Here’s how…

What you’ll need…

  • light duty extension spring (mine was 2 inches long with a 1/4 inch diameter)
  • 2 eight inch pieces of craft wire (I used 24 gauge)
  • an empty plastic Emerald Almonds tube or equivalent
  • an empty water bottle
  • duct tape (we used Duck Brand which comes in cool patterns now!)
  • heavy duty scissors
  • an awl or push pin


cross section view of DIY echo mic

  1. add a hole big enough for craft wire in the center of the almond tube lid and bottom
  2. loop a piece of wire through the end of the spring twice and twist the remainder until secure; repeat on the other end of the spring with the other wire
  3. feed end of wire through the bottom of almond container and twist end into a bundle so it won’t pull through; repeat with the other end of wire through the hole on the lid making sure spring is stretched
  4. pierce a hole and cut around the water bottle where the label starts then pierce again and cut the mouth open wider (make a careful cut here because you want the edge to be smooth)
  5. tape the bottle top to the top of the almond container and try it out!

Do you have a favorite DIY and/or upcycle toy?  Please share a link!



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