We’ve featured a few ways to make your own iPad or tablet stylus, but they’re either kludgy or require some harder-to-find items. Technology “journalist” Walt Mosspuppet shows us how to make one out of just a candy bar wrapper and a pen.
This method is remarkably clever (you know, for a drunk puppet), and is cheap and simple: you just need a capacitive candy wrapper and a pen. Most candy wrappers should work; I’d guess that you can tell which ones are capacitive by whether the inside is silver—if it just looks like white glossy paper, it probably won’t work.
We actually experimented with a few modifications to this trick, and here’s our version of the stylus. It’s a bit more sturdy, and the only extra thing you need is a bit of tissue paper (or anything else that can act as a buffer between the pen tip and wrapper). First, cut the candy wrapper as shown, with two strips coming out of the top, right next to each other:
Put the pen on the rightmost edge of the wrapper, and put the tissue paper bunch on top of the pen. Fold the first strip down onto the pen and tape it on. Tape the rightmost edge of the wrapper to the pen too.
Roll the pen over and fold the second strip down onto the pen, so it’s perpendicular to the first strip.
Then, just roll on the rest of the wrapper and tape it all together. You’ll have a quick, easy stylus that’s fairly durable and will work on your touch screen device.
Got any of your own methods for creating easy, at-home styli? Share them in the comments.
How to make an iPad Stylus with a Protein Bar Wrapper! [Walt Mosspuppet]