How to Make a Stylus Using Just 4 Household Items!

by Pushkar Kohli
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There’s a whole bunch of people who use stylus to take notes, paint and do variety of other activities over their Android and Apple devices. Stylus surely costs quite a lot and isn’t something you can afford to lose. However, if you happen to lose one, we can help you make an inexpensive and absolutely perfectly-working stylus using just 4 household items! Yes, you read that right – just 4 household items.

So, come let’s learn how to DIY stylus!

Things You Need

As mentioned above, the DIY stylus that you’ll make will be inexpensive and you’ll be able to make one using household items. So, the items you’ll need to make a DIY stylus at home are:

  • A ball-point pen
  • A Q-tip (a.k.a. earbud)
  • Aluminium foil
  • Tape (optional)
  • Water

1. Prepare Your Materials

First step is to prepare your materials.

Remove the ink cartridge from the ball-point pen and cut the Q-tip diagonally at about 1 cm from one end (as shown in the photo below). You may cut it using a knife or a pair of scissors. It’s a simple process. You don’t need to overthink it.

2. Insert Q-tip into the Pen

Now push the cotton bud into the tip of the pen where the nib normally sits (as shown in the photo below). You just have to make sure it doesn’t go off easily and fits tightly at the tip.

3. Reassemble Pen and Wrap in Foil

Once done with step 2, screw the pen back together and wrap an aluminium foil around the pen. You need to make sure that the foil touches the cotton bud tip fully. You may use a tape to secure the foil, if required.

4. Dampen the Tip and Start Working

Should we tell you that your stylus is ready? Yes, you read that right.

Now you just need to dampen the tip a little with water to make the pen conductive. Squeeze off the excess water. The tip should be damp and not soggy, for you do not want to get water on your phone/tablet.

Dampen the tip again if it stops working at any point!

Your very own inexpensive and fully functional stylus is ready!

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