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26 Best Apple Pencil Accessories to Buy or DIY

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by Max von Übel
Feb 16, 2019

We've rounded up a list of the best Apple Pencil accessories to help you decide whether to BUY or DIY using 3D printing.

If you’re looking for the best Apple Pencil accessories, but are still debating between buying or DIYing, we’ve got you covered.

Most of these accessories should work with either the original Apple Pencil or the newest model, which came out in 2018. Unfortunately, makers have yet to share any new DIY items specific to the latest Pencil, but we’ll provide an update if that changes.

In case you are still rocking the older model, or just want to get some gadgets for your new pencil as well, you’ll find awesome Apple Pencil accessories in this article to buy – plus, we dug out free alternatives for you to 3D print at home.

If you don’t have a 3D printer at home, All3DP has your back. Try our Price Comparison Service to get instant quotes from leading online 3D printing services across the globe. You can print Apple Pencil accessories in a variety of materials and colors.

Best Apple Pencil Accessories to Buy

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories FRTMA Caps

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Apple Pencil caps are notoriously lost within weeks, so you should get some spares early on. And why not add some color to your life at the same time? These slick caps are made of quality silicone and come in midnight blue, lavender, mint, and red.

DIY Alternative: Pencil Cap

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FRTMA Apple Pencil Caps

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories FRTMA Cap Holder

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If you are looking for a more permanent solution to the missing cap problem, give these cap holders a try. The package includes a regular cap, cap holder, nib cover and a lightning cable adapter tether. Available in midnight blue, lavender, mint, and red.

DIY Alternative: Pencil Cap with Retainer

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FRTMA Cap Holder

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories MoKo Cap Holder

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This set of cap holders also try to tackle the lost-cap predicament by securing them to the Pencil. The accessory can be easily installed or removed. But this version should satisfy Apple design purists, since they are available in white. The package includes one cap holder and one lightning cable adapter tether.

DIY Alternative: Pencil Cap with Retainer

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MoKo Cap Holder

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Fintie Lightning Cable Adapter and Cap Retainer

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Another way to deal with disappearing caps is to use these retainers that secure them to the pencil. Choose from 12 different colors (even glow-in-the-dark!). The package includes retainers for the cap and lightning cable adapter. Our only point of critique is the included nib cover could also be tethered to the pencil.

DIY Alternative: Lightning Adapter and Pencil Cap Retainer

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Pen Pal Pencil Clip

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This clip was designed to work with an iPad, so unlike a metal clip it will not scratch the screen when attached to the device. While it is no fail-safe precaution against losing the pen, it will certainly keep it from rolling of your desk. You can get a variety pack that includes the colors blue, white and yellow or each color separately.

DIY Alternative: Pencil Clip

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Pen Pal Pencil Clip

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories SAMDI Wooden Charging Stand

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The SAMDI stand is not only a stylish and sleek way to store the Apple Pencil on your desk, it can also charge it. The charging cable, at six feet in length, is long enough to use in most offices. Also, the stand is available in two shades (walnut and light yellow) and is partially handcrafted.

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SAMDI Wooden Charging Stand

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Belkin Carrying Case and Stand

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Apple Pencil cases often seem very clunky and awkward. Belkin strikes exactly the right chord between useful and elegant. The case features a high-gloss PC exterior and can store one Pencil, one lightning charge adapter, one cap and one extra tip in specially designed compartments. In addition, it sports a stand that props up the Pencil and keeps it within reach.

DIY Alternative: Pencil Stand

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Belkin Carrying Case and Stand

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Fintie Apple Pencil Holder

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This holder will keep all components of your Apple Pencil secure. Since it was designed to be snug fit, the pencil won’t rattle inside the holder. The elastic band can be quickly attached to the case of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Choose from 24 different colors and patterns.

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Fintie Apple Pencil Holder

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Mushroom Stand

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Though this stand isn’t compatible with the latest Apple Pencil, it provides a sleek and convenient place to keep your tool safe and charged.

DIY Alternative:

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Mushroom Stand

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories MiniSuit Pencil Sleeve

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The MiniSuit Pencil Sleeve is the solution to a number of issues that Apple Pencil users sometimes complain about. The ribbed grip minimizes the strain placed on your wrist and prevents the pencil from slipping out of your hand. As a bonus, the sleeve will keep your cap in place while still allowing easy peel off for charging the pen.

DIY Alternative:

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MiniSuit Pencil Sleeve

If you want to kick it up a notch, Leeko came out with a glow-in-the-dark version so you’ll never lose it—even within the deepest reaches of your bag.

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Leeko Pencil Sleeve

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Cuvr Leather Case with Pencil Holder

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Feast your eyes on this genuine leather case for the 2015 Apple iPad Pro. It also features a holder to secure your Apple Pencil. Its leather exterior is textured for added grip. This beauty is also available in black, brown and oxblood. Available for the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

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Cuvr Leather Case with Pencil Holder

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories MoKo Pencil Holder Case

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This MoKo Pencil Holder case is perfect for keeping all the pieces in one place. It offers a strap for your charging cable and a tiny pocket for the lightning adapter or an extra tip. It’s also available in 14 different designs.

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Cuvr Leather Case with Pencil Holder

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Ergonomic Grip

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The sleek design can cause the Apple Pencil to slip or roll right out of your grip. Nobody wants that. This soft silicone grip is ergonomically designed to feel more natural in your hand and curb any rolling-off-the-hand tendencies. A must for long term use of the Pencil to combat wrist fatigue.

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Ergonomic Grip

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Thankscase Protective Hard Shell

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Three layers of protection in a slim design. The hard shell inside protects your Pencil from shaking, scratching and twisting to prolong its life and functionality. A leather outer sleeve offers an extra layer of defense and  is stylish too. It comes in diamond black, gold, rose gold and snow white.

DIY Alternative: Threaded Case

Where to get it?

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Thankscase Protective Hard Shell

Best Apple Pencil Accessories to DIY

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories iPad Pro Stand with Pencil Holder

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As a rule, good design is straightforward but functional. This holds true with this simple yet smart iPad Pro Stand, which will keep your Apple equipment organized. This accessory should be 3D printed with 25% infill, and without supports or rafts.

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Who made it? Jerome Demers

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Mount and Stand

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This elegant accessory can both prop up your iPad and keep your Apple Pencil at hand’s reach. In order to connect the two 3D printed parts, you’ll need screws and hex nuts.

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Who made it? watchmaker_lam

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Pencil Stand

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This nifty pencil stand is based on the Wacom stylus. It is an improvement on the original design because you can store the various small parts of your pencil within. It can hold your Apple Pencil horizontally or vertically. The example pictured above is 3D printed in PLA with Biofila Silk filament and 20% infill without any supports.

BUY Alternative: Belkin Carrying Case and Stand

Who made it? Sven Van Geyt

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Lightning Adapter and Pencil Cap Retainer

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You prefer the original cap? Not a problem with these retainers, which let you can fasten your caps and Lightning adapters to the Apple Pencil to prevent them from going astray. To 3D print this awesome accessory you’ll need flexible filament.

BUY Alternative: Fintie Lightning Cable Adapter and Cap Retainer

Who made it? hong liu

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Pencil Cap

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If you love Apple’s products but can’t afford or don’t want to buy replacement caps, 3D print your own caps. This STL file requires no supports and can be printed with an infill of 15%. Also, the designer recommends a brim of 30 lines.

BUY Alternative: FRTMA Caps

Who made it? Blake Long

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Pencil Cap with Retainer

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Prevent your caps getting lost with a more lasting solution by printing this cap with a built-in retainer to secure it to your Apple Pencil. This file 3D prints without supports, but requires flexible filament for proper functionality.

BUY Alternative: FRTMA Cap Holder

Who made it? John Pariseau

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Pencil Clip

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The days of your Pencil rolling off your desk are over thanks to this accessory. The 3D designer behind this model recommends an infill of 20% and a raft. Also, you may need to post-process the part to ensure a snug fit with your Apple Pencil.

BUY Alternative: Pen Pal Pencil Clip

Who made it? Bob Streeter

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Anti-Rolling Add-On

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The Anti-Rolling Add-On is a genius little accessory that keeps your precious Pencil from rolling off the table. The STL file 3D prints without supports and doesn’t require much effort to make.

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Wh made it? Tom van Wijland

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Pencil Holder for Smart Keyboard

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Do you want to extend the Smart Keyboard’s functionality to carry all your iPad gear with you? Now you can do so by attaching your Apple Pencil directly to it with this accessory. To 3D print correctly, this file requires a raft. After the print is complete, add a sponge sheet for better grip.

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Who made it? Alex Hui

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Magentic Accessory Case

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How do you keep track of all your Pencil’s accessories? With this accessory case, of course! It’s compact, with room for the lightning adapter, cap and up to four tips. And it stays shut with the help of magnets.

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Who made it? Alexander Leisentritt

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Rocket Charging Dock

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Why have a boring old charging station when you can have a rocket? The charger cable comes in from the bottom, so you just have to land your pencil appropriately to prepare your missile for a successful mission.

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Who made it? Lasse Klein

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Threaded Case

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If you’re not a fan of a big bulky case with room for all kinds of accessories you may be interested in this simple sleeve-like case. The hard case that is not much wider than the Pencil itself was created to stop the nib breaking off in your pocket.

BUY Alternative: Thankscase Protective Hard Shell

Who made it? Jin Choi

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

Did we miss a cool Apple Pencil accessory? Please feel free to add it to the comment section.

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