How to make a Stylus Pen without Conductive Foam

If you don’t want to spend your money on a store bought stylus pen, or if you are up to a do it yourself project that is both fun and useful, you could always work on a homemade stylus pen. It might not be on a design level as the fancy stylus pens but it will be your craftsmanship. If you happen to be a teacher you can teach your students how to make a stylus pen and it will make for a wonderful project that you can have as a class. It’s easy, fun and fast. And the best part is, you can make one by using household items.

This is one of the easiest methods of how to make a stylus pen. You need just few materials, aluminum foil, some tape, and a pencil. You are free to use a pen or a chopstick depending on your preferences. You will also need a sharp knife. Use the knife to whittle the pencil so it is not so sharp around the top edges.

When whittling the pencil make sure you don’t make it too thin and sharp on the top, because the touch screen might not register it. Rather than that just round it up a bit to mimic a shape of a pencil eraser or the tip of your finger. If you skip this step there is still a chance that your stylus pen would work, but this will make it more comfortable to use. Not rounding the tip will make the stylus pen work only if held straight, rounding it will give you the opportunity to have a bit of a tilt when using it.

The next step includes the aluminum foil. You need the wrap the pencil in at least two layers of it. Make sure you cover the whole pencil length with aluminum foil. When wrapping the tip make sure you smooth it out. You don’t want any wrinkles or folds. After that tape the aluminum foil at the center of the pencil to make sure it stays in place. This will make the stylus feel more secure and will keep the aluminum foil from unfolding.  Work carefully to avoid wrinkles and keep everything as smooth as possible.

Next thing you need to do is take a piece of scotch tape and place it on the top of the pencil. The part where the tip of the stylus pen should be. This will further smooth out the aluminum foil and it will prevent it from damaging or scratching the touch screen on your device. Again, you need to do this carefully and make sure the tip is smooth and round. Use your fingers and delicately place and then smooth the scotch tape over the tip of the stylus pen.

Try it on your phone. Your stylus pen is ready for you to use as you see fit. See if it works. It by any chance the touch screen on your phone has trouble registering it, try flattening the tip of the pencil further more.