I've known for years that there are special pens that can be used with capacitive touch screens, like the ones used on the
So when I read iLearn Technology's tutorial on making your own capacitive stylus using common office supplies, I had to give it a try. Provided that you can swipe the materials from your office supply closet, the pen costs nothing. With a few basic tools, you can make it in minutes.
In the end you'll have your own custom touch-screen pen. It may only entertain you for a few seconds, or it may inspire your kid to be the tablet-era Picasso. No matter what, you'll feel like MacGyver when you're done.