Introduction: The Pencil Drone

The aim of this project is to demonstrate that ordinary things can fly. All (or almost all) can fly!

To demonstrate this, I selected objects that can be found in any desktop.

What's most ordinary than a pencil and an eraser? Can a pencil fly?

Yeah! Let's prove it!

Take the things and the tools. Here we go!


The reference of commercial components are:

- H107-A03 Main Motor Set (6.31$)

- H107-A43 Circuit Board (17.68$)

- H107-A35 Main Blades (2.99$)

- H107-A24 Battery (2.79$)

- H107-A06 USB Charger (1.95$)

- H107-16 Transmitter (16.71$)

Are cheaper. You can find it in online stores.


Step 1: Cut the Materials

Cut the pencil, the plastic card and the eraser.

Step 2: Motors Support

Drill the eraser pieces, to create the motors supports.

Step 3: Assembly Motors

Assembly the motors in the eraser pieces.

Step 4: Relax Time

Sorry, but I need a relax time.

Step 5: Electronics

Weld the motor wires to the electronic board.

Step 6: Arms Assembly

Assembly the pencil parts (the arms) to the eraser pieces.

Step 7: Body Assembly

Cut the plastic card, and glue it to the pencil arms.

Step 8: Fix Electronics

Glue the electronic and motor wires to the drone structure.

Step 9: Propellers

Assembly the propellers.

Step 10: Battery

Place the battery, and hold it with the elastic band.

Step 11: Enjoy It

Before to fly, remember to adjust your transmitter values.

Enjoy your pencil drone!

Step 12: Thanks!

Remember to vote this project.

Thank you!


Chascoso (author)2017-07-12

Oww it is a good project, is it neccesary the code for that project?

Timothee Gillier (author)2017-05-13

Very well done!

1settnat (author)2017-04-25

do i need a flight conroller?

amitbs99 (author)2017-04-23

hi I want to make this drone but I want it without circuit

JoelJ31 (author)2017-03-20

Hey Dooit,
The link of the H107-A43 Circuit Board, the H107-A06 USB Charger and the H107-16 Transmitter is always directing me to a page on Ali Express which says "This item is currently not available for purchasing." Can you please give me another link for me??
Thanks a million!

JoelJ31 (author)2017-03-20

Hey dooit! Whenever i click the H107 - A43 circuit board link it directs me to Ali express where its written "This item is currently not available for purchasing."Can you please giveme another link?

drone it73 (author)2017-03-08

is great

justin_summerlin890 (author)2016-09-28

i made it... it was very fun.


Hey Justin!

Congratulations and thanks for your comment.

I love to know that you spent a good time during your manufacturing.

Please share it, send us a picture. I will be glad to see it!

Thanks again

SiardY1 made it! (author)2016-04-26

Hi Dooit,

I have finally made this.
Although it isn't made of pencils, but plexiglass instead, I inspired it on your idea.
Thank you very much for the clear and simple explanation!

_dooit_ (author)SiardY12016-09-03

Hey SiardY1!


Congratulations, your drone is amazing!!!

I like it very much! Thanks to share, I'm glad to see it!!

** Apologies for my delayed answer :P **

The Life Hacker (author)2016-06-01


AmeyaN (author)2016-04-26

I created this project, but it won't fly. The motors dont move at when the number on the controller is greater than 15. How do I fix this?

Izabella Przywozny (author)2016-04-17

How do you connect the transmitter to the to the drone? Love it!!!??

Jedi_zombie85 (author)2016-03-10

Nice write up, great work

KrisztiánK4 (author)2016-02-21


Can you help me a bit?
I already have a hubsan x4, but your instructions inspired me to make an other drone... so I ordered the motors and circuit board, but my remote controll can't connect to the new circuit board. What's the problem? Shall I calibrate something or what else? Everything is for hubsan x4 h107c, so everything should be compatible to the other parts.

_dooit_ (author)KrisztiánK42016-02-28

Hi KrisztiánK4!

I tested this circuit board with other transmitters, and does not work.

And I tested one transmitter with many circuit boards (H107), and works ok.

Could be that you need to disable the safety mode?

Please check the page 9 of the original manual, and try it.

Follow this link. In the dowloads tab, you can find the manual:


KrisztiánK4 (author)_dooit_2016-02-29

Hey, thx for your answer!

I download manual, but I can't find where it's write about disabling safety mode... :/

Neither on page 9 or in whole text or in other manuals. There is part writing about power on safety mode, but its just about what safety mode is, not about how to disable it.

jasondrible (author)2016-02-19

Could you put a small keychain camera on this?

_dooit_ (author)jasondrible2016-02-28

Dear jasondrible!

Yes, you could it!

Please check this camera (cheaper, and easy to connect in this drone):


Hubsan X4 H107C 200W pixels Camera module HD VIDEO

jasondrible (author)_dooit_2016-02-29

How would I put this camera on this drone?

MaksymilianG (author)2016-02-28

Is this dorone stabil?

_dooit_ (author)MaksymilianG2016-02-28

Hi MaksymilianG!

This is a nanodrone, and this kind of small drones, (usually) are very "swift" to fly.

This drone, is not the best drone to perform a great flights. Is only a pencil and eraser, is not a "racing drone".

The good thing is that you can learn to assemble it, and you can improve it easily.

The_gelatinous_cube (author)2016-02-17

How much did it cost to make


Dear The_gelatinous_cube!

The cost of the components is near 50€. But you need take into account shipping costs (not included).

And to manufacture it, you need 5 hours aproximately.

jasondrible (author)2016-02-19

Could you put a small keychain camera on this?

The_gelatinous_cube (author)2016-02-17


RobotsMaking (author)2016-02-14

Can I make this bluetooth controllable too?

And phone controlled?

LOOOOVE this drone ;)

_dooit_ (author)RobotsMaking2016-02-15

Dear RobotsMaking!

Thank you very much for your nice words!

Bluetooth? Phone controlled? woooooow! Yes please, you can do it!

And please share it. I would like learn to do it!

I'm excited to see it

RobotsMaking (author)_dooit_2016-02-16

I am searching for how to make a pencil drone controlled by bluetooth, but I need to search many things yet ;)

I will let you know if I have it

wutucz (author)2016-01-25

In the woods I lost my Hubsan H107C :) I was left with a transmitter and a 5 batteries. Now I know what to do. Thanks for a very nice inspiration.

Btw Link to Circuit Board and Transmitter not working.

_dooit_ (author)wutucz2016-02-11

Dear wutucz,

thanks for your comments!

hahaha the first step to be the best drone pilot... is lost one drone, and the second step... crash it! XD
I am on the way too.

Thanks again!

PatriciaC69 (author)2016-02-10

AMAZING!!!! Can I do this project with second graders students?

_dooit_ (author)PatriciaC692016-02-11

Dear PatriciaC69!

Thank you very much for your nice words!

I will be glad if you and your students make a lot of pencil drones!

Just one thing... please share your photos with us!

AmeyaN (author)2016-01-05

Very Cool! I have a question though. How do I know which parts to buy? The H107-16 Transmitter page is not up and running.

Is this the same thing: ? Thanks in advance

_dooit_ (author)AmeyaN2016-01-11

Hey AmeyaN!

Thank you very much for your comment.

Yes, the transmitter that you find is the correct one, the reference is H107.

Good selection!

If you have any doubts, feel free to comment.

AmeyaN (author)_dooit_2016-02-02

Hi, I bought all the parts. The receiver seems to connect to the circuit board. However, my motor ran for a little, and then stopped. I want to make sure it works before I weld/sauter everything together. Is there a reason it wouldn't work unless I sautered it?

_dooit_ (author)AmeyaN2016-02-02

Hi AmenyaN!

mmmm... please, give me more details:

- how do you tested the motor? You connect it directly to the battery?

- This occurs only in 1 unit? Did you tested all motors?

DEEJAY642 (author)2016-01-05

very nice and creative. I would never have the energy to make a drone i would just go online and buy one. This has inspired me. Thanks

_dooit_ (author)DEEJAY6422016-01-11


:) Thank you very much for your comment.

I send you a lot of energy for this project, and many more!

I love your profile picture! I also have a bird! :)

DEEJAY642 (author)_dooit_2016-01-14

what bird do you have???

DEEJAY642 (author)_dooit_2016-01-13

cool!!! the bird in the picture is a 2 year old budgie named Billie and she is very clever

DEEJAY642 (author)_dooit_2016-01-11

oops im actually too late to vote sorry but by the looks of things you won. What was your prize??

_dooit_ (author)DEEJAY6422016-01-12

Yes, my project was one of the finalists, and I won an instructables kit, with a nice tshirt (...).

Thanks to try to vote my project!

DEEJAY642 (author)_dooit_2016-01-11

im going to vote on this

SiardY1 (author)2016-01-06

Thank you so much for the very clear
explanation! I am definately going to make this! But first i have to collect all the materials.

I'll let you know when I'm finished :)

_dooit_ (author)SiardY12016-01-11

Hey SiardY1!

Thanks a lot for your comment!

I will like to see the result of your project, please share it! And sure that you can improve it.

Feel free to comment, if you have any doubt.

meglorin (author)2015-12-15

The presentation on this instructable is amazing! What size and where did you get your graph paper?

_dooit_ (author)meglorin2015-12-16

Hey meglorin!

Thank you very much for your nice words!

About the paper... great question! (you checked all details, you are great!)

I bought a notebook of millimetric paper. The dimensions of the notebook sheet is DIN A3 (420x297mm). In europe is a "standard" dimension and these kind of notebooks are used (were used before the computers) to learn/draw a technical sketches in the school.

I bought it in the stationery of my neighborhood. If you are not in europe, probably is not a common thing to find.


The reference of my notebook is:

Millimetric notebook "PRECISION"

Bloc papel milimetrado "PRECISION"

Modelo 510 - 50 hojas Din A3 Milimetrado



_dooit_ (author)2015-11-22

You are right. As you commented, to improve the flight I reccommend too use more lighter and strength materials.

The goal of this project was demonstrate, that we could make a flying object with any kind of materials. It flies, but we cannot use the pencil drone in a drone race :)

Thanks for your comment PilotOfTheFuture!

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