Transform Your Thrifted Speakers into Funky Focal Points

A few flea market raids into your weekend, and you’ve acquired a solid set of working speakers! The only downside? Their grill cloths are lookin’ a little dingy — what to do, what to do. We’ve whipped up a way easy DIY that will take those beat blasters from ‘blargh’ to ‘bad’ — in the M.J. way.

Other tips to keep in mind when crafting:

  • I used a lightweight fabric with just a tad of sheen. Note the lighter the fabric, the more taut you’ll want to keep it when stretching so the surface doesn’t ripple when you blast bass. Medium-weight fabrics equivalent to that of what you found on the speakers originally are ideal.
  • You can also use multipurpose fabric- or wood-glues depending on how permanent you want it to be. I like change, so I opted for the more temporary option–a sturdy double-sided tape.

For more way-doable DIYs, visit our Crafts & Decor DIYs section, and let us know what types of crafts you’d like to see next by commenting below. We’d love to hear from you!

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  1. Christina 04/09/2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Muucchh better than a big ugly black speaker!


  2. Laura @ The Joyful Fox 04/09/2012 at 7:24 pm #

    This is a genius idea!

    • Laura (ModCloth) 04/10/2012 at 9:19 am #

      I must confess, Laura – I saw my friend Cori do it over the holidays, and I had to try it out myself!

  3. bellerousse 04/11/2012 at 4:18 pm #

    My parents had a set of ancient speakers sitting around the house for decades, ended up being used as plant stands like in the picture! Over time, they got some big tears in them and started looking junky. I hope they didn’t get thrown away in the end, now that I see how good they COULD look!

    • Laura (ModCloth) 04/11/2012 at 5:44 pm #

      Oh, I didn’t even think about using ones that don’t work anymore as stands – that’s a great option, too! You’ll have to show us when you’re finished.

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