How to Make a Homemade iPad Stylus Pen

By Travis Meyer

The iPad uses complex touch-screen technology that responds to your touch, allowing you to swipe through content, adjust switches and scrubbers, or zoom in on objects. The touch screen on the iPad is designed to only respond to your touch, but the screen also responds to electrical wire glue, a compound commonly used for circuit boards. The glue can be found at hardware stores and may be used to create your own stylus pen for the iPad.

Things You'll Need

  • Ballpoint pen
  • Dental floss
  • Wire glue
  • Metal snap fastener

Step 1

Unsnap the two sides of the metal snap fastener and throw away the socket component. The socket component is the side of the snap fastener that has the sunken face and rounded side.

Step 2

Cut a 3 1/2-half inch length of dental floss with a pair of scissors and then tie three knots into one another at the end of the length of floss to make a single knot. The size of the knot should surpasses the circumference of the socket snap’s sewing hole.

Step 3

Guide the end of the dental floss without the knot through the front side of the socket snap and thread the floss until the knot catches in the sewing hole. Trim the length of floss that runs past the knot.

Step 4

Distribute a drop of wire glue on the knot to adjoin it to the snap fastener.

Step 5

Twist off the end of the ballpoint pen and take out the point, the ink well and the spring.

Step 6

Pull the length of floss through the pen point hole and thread the floss through the ballpoint pen until the socket snap touches the tip of the pen.

Step 7

Put the pen back together with the dental floss pinched between the pen housing and cap, so as to secure the floss. Use tape or glue to hold the dental floss inside the pen housing if the cap doesn’t hold the floss taught.