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iPad Stylus: How to Make an iPad Stylus for Free?

Updated on July 15, 2013

Make an iPad Stylus

Here is a step by step guide to make a simple but free stylus by yourself for your iPad. Now some of you may ask what is an iPad Stylus?

An iPad stylus is a pen like tool to draw something on your iPad or just to do other stuffs. It will work like a more precise finger tip. But why do we need a stylus?

Try yourself and see it is how much difficult to draw on your iPad just using your fingers. A pen like tool is needed to draw anything on a tablet. Sure, you may create an image like thingy with your fingers but it would be impossible for you to produce anything of higher quality. You cannot work with tiny spots and designs only with your fingers. A stylus is also a must for digital photo editing on a touch screen.

Can we use any pen like thing as an iPad Stylus?

No, it is not possible on an iPad. You can do this on a resistive screen but not on a capacitive one. The resistive touch screen can read the pressure on its surface. When your finger or any pointed tool puts little pressure on a point of the screen it registers that. The iPad’s screen is capacitive i.e. it does not recognize pressure to register a click. It reads our body voltage for that purpose. If we use a plastic tool like that of a resistive screen it will not be understood by the screen. So, we need something which will carry our bodily electric to the iPad screen’s surface. There are many styluses available are made for capacitive touch screens. You can buy an iPad stylus from ebay too. Check these out:

The iPad styluses price are not much. Most of these are priced below $5. But still you may want to create an iPad stylus as a DIY project and have some fun.It is not that difficult to do but the product will not be as good looking as the company made ones.. Build quality will be poor off course, but it will work fine for you . You can do it yourself with the things already available in your house.

Here is how you can make a Free iPad Stylus:

The things you shall need to do it:

i) A mechanical pencil

ii) A paper clip

iii) A metal thumbtack

iv) A needle nose piler

Steps to make a free iPad Stylus

Step1: Unfold the paper clip. Using your needle nose piler make a small loop at one end of the paper clip. Now insert the thumbtack through the small loop hole. You can also use a solid metal wire type thing to do it.

iPad Stylus Making
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Step2: Remove the lead from the mechanical pencil. Now push the thumbtack from the thumbtack-paper clip combo into the tip of the pencil.

Step3: Now you are very close to finish your process of making a free iPad stylus. Wrap the other end of the paper clip firmly at the grip (where you hold your pencil).

How to make a capacitive stylus:


Now your iPad stylus is ready to use. While using it, your fingers will touch the mechanical paper clip. The paper clip is connected with the thumbtack, which is conductive too. By this circuit your somatic electric flows to the capacitive touch screen of the iPad. Your touch will be registered after that.

Now stop reading and start working for your iPad stylus. Let me know about the result, too. I wish you best of luck. It would be a very pleasing experience to make your own DYI stylus at home.


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    • iguidenetwork profile image


      6 years ago from Austin, TX

      Nice one... you wouldn't post this if your hand made stylus scratches terribly on the screen. Might try it. Up and useful, awesome.

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      6 years ago

      u can make ipad stylus without scratching ur screen a cotton butt which we use to clean our ears then foled it using foil paper. but don't cover the cotton . then dip ur cotton into water and take it out .then try it on ur any touch screeeen

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      Risk sax 

      7 years ago

      You can make it with a sponge as the tip. It won't scratch that way

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      7 years ago

      Won't it scratch your screen though?

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      7 years ago

      Need metal clip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Draw Something Pen 

      7 years ago

      Spend a few bucks, buy one from

    • pinappu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from India

      Aha...I am glad to know it.

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      7 years ago


    • pinappu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from India

      I don't think so @lizriz

    • pinappu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from India

      Try it and let us know @iphoneiosjb

    • pinappu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from India

      Thank you very much @Brett.Tesol

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      7 years ago

      Seems like this would scratch the screen?

    • iphoneiosjb profile image


      7 years ago from india

      Wow.. that's great.. didn't knew we can make iPad stylus ourselves

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      Brett C 

      7 years ago from Asia

      Nice idea for those on a budget or that just like making things. Sharing with my followers, up and useful.

    • pinappu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from India

      Creating something by your own hands is always charming @czcz

    • CZCZCZ profile image


      7 years ago from Oregon

      Interesting idea for making an iPad stylus for yourself. I already have a stylus but this is a fun creation.


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