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How to Make a Homemade iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch Stylus

Updated on April 20, 2012

The Frustration of the Touchscreen

Sometimes, using an iDevice such as an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, the touchscreen can be very frustrating. During these times, you might be complaining that the keyboard is too small, and your fingers are too big. Maybe you find it difficult to be constantly be using your fingers. Or it could just be you want a more stable way to use the touchscreen. After browsing the internet, and making a few of my own, I decided to share with you the basics of how to make a homemade stylus for your iDevice.

What You Need

The process of creating a stylus can be very simple, as long as you have the right materials. Search you house for these items:

  • a ballpoint pen
  • a kitchen sponge
  • tinfoil
  • scissors
  • masking tape
  • wire cutter/knife (optional)

Yep! That's all. Very simple. Now that we have what we need, let's move on to the next step.

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Cutting the Tip of a Ballpoint PenCutting the Tip of a Ballpoint Pen
Cutting the Tip of a Ballpoint Pen
Cutting the Tip of a Ballpoint Pen
Cutting the Tip of a Ballpoint Pen
Cutting the Tip of a Ballpoint Pen

Step One: Removing the Ink

The first step is to remove the ink tube from the ballpoint pen. This can usually be done by twisting the front (or back, depending on the type of pen) of the pen and the tube should pop right out. Now you should have an empty pen. To make a later step easier, though this is optional, if the pen has a point, you can try to cut it off with a wire cutter, or knife. The next step -- time to cut the kitchen sponge.

Step Two: Cutting the Sponge

Now what you need to do is cut the sponge to an appropriate size. It basically should be around the size that would be able to fit into the empty ballpoint pen.

Step Three: Inserting the Sponge

After you have that accomplished, you must try to squeeze the cut up sponge into the small hole on the front of the pen. It may be difficult to do this, so to make it a bit easier, you can twist it around while pushing it in -- gradually, it will get more and more inside the tip of the pen. Continue pushing it in until you have a tiny bit of the sponge left out.

Step Four: Wrapping the Tinfoil

To make the stylus work correctly, we now have to carefully wrap a piece of tinfoil around the pen. Do not wrap it around the part of the sponge that is sticking out; everywhere else.

Step Five: Protecting Your iDevice

This next step is completely optional -- you only need to do this so your iDevice does not get scratched by the tinfoil. I suggest you do this step, it really will be protective. Plus, it will make it more comfortable to hold in your hand. So, protect your iDevice, you simply have to, over the tinfoil, wrap some masking tape around it, just like you did with the tinfoil, and not covering the leftover sticking out sponge.

A Completed iDevice Stylus
A Completed iDevice Stylus

Step 6: You Are Done!

After completing the previous step, your new iDevice stylus is finished! To use it, just hold it like a normal pen, and swipe it across your iDevice's touchscreen. The stylus can become extra useful and handy when in use with a drawing or artistic app. It really feels like a real pen. If you want to ad a little bit of style to you stylus, then color or draw over the tape, or attach another small piece of paper and do it on that.

Thanks for reading my hub! I hope that it will be extremely useful for you! Do tell me in the comments if you liked this hub, disliked this hub, used this hub, found this hub useful, or just any comment or criticism. Happy hubbing!

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      Jckobl 6 years ago

      Thanks for the note! I'll defineately fix that.

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      Doogski 6 years ago

      Awesome, but where in the materials does it list that you need a sponge?

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      Jckobl 6 years ago

      Thanks! I really appreciate your comments. It really is fun satisfying other people!

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      great! 6 years ago

      I just stumbled to this hub out of curiosity, and I found it extremely useful. I have always wanted to make my own iPad accessories, and this is my first one! Thanks for sharing this project! voted up!