This Altoids tin electric kalimba appeals to me as a highly portable but still simple musical instrument, and you can plug it into an amp, too! Learn to make your own thanks to Deansrds’ tutorial.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • dorkomatic

    This is just the project I was looking for!

    One good question though, where can I find good material for the tines?

  • Inktknal

    I’ve made it, but when I’ve tried it. The sound was so silent. (I have no external audio box)
    Although, thanks for the tutorial.