Credit Card Guitar Picks





Introduction: Credit Card Guitar Picks

About: my name is Adam!

here is something cool to do with old credit cards or fake ones you get in the mail

Step 1: Materials

you will need:
Credit Card
Guitar Pick

Step 2: Trace

Using your other guitar pick trace the shape on the card, you can also make you own cool designs, try and get as many on one card as you can

Step 3: Cut

Cut out the picks

Step 4: Done

YAY! now you have cool guitar picks that work great!



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    I have made tons of awesome guitar picks from credit cards. I just need to know what works best at removing the writing on the back.

    If you don't have time, but you do have money you can also buy a punch for this from

    This is exactly what I did with my credit cards, I highly recommend it!! Do it!!!

    I made mine from a cancelled credit card.
    Very cool idea. Thanks.


    I'm in India as well. But I don't get it. What are you talking about?

    A little tip to people that thinks they are to thick. You can make a thinner one out of plastic from the side of a bottle. ;) They still work! just did it myself :P

    Since I like a medium flex pick, I tried taking cards to work on the train with a small pair of scissors, a pencil and a bit of 200 grit sandpaper (to feather the edges).
    I would trace the shape of my favorite picks, cut the shape and sand the edges so they were slightly rounded and the resulting pick had a nice, even shape.

    Sometimes I'd cut the raised letter/numbers into the pick as well (when it's cold outside the picks tended to slip around and I didn't always have surfboard wax to keep them in place).
    I've had different experiences with different cards but mostly positive.
    I've taken people's old ID cards and made picks with their photos visible.
    All in all, it's a great way to give that plastic another life, if only for a while.
    Many of my picks have lasted years.

    Sorry to destroy your world but I've tried a credit card guitar pick and in 3 days of using it it broke in half, you have to consider a better material for them. Although of that this is very original :)

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    All credit cards are not the same. some are laminated pressed paper which will come apart with little use.
    I used to take my favorite shaped picks (triangular) to work with me (I was a locomotive engineer) and when I had time I'd trace the outline, cut two or three from a card, use a little sandpaper to do the fine shaping.
    I've got picks I've used for years. I have a wallet with about ten in it most of the time. Even found that the embossed numbers and letters were easier to hang on to.

    thats strange never happened to me. you should consider trying this again. i posted this instructable almost a year ago and still have those pics :)

    I would just like to point out that playing with a normal credit card itself would work... so why wouldn't a lopsided pick made from the same material work? >.>

    If you want a low gauge pick, just use the top of a yogurt container or something else. My Dad's been doing this for years, he prefers them to normal picks.

    great idea and the area with numbers idented is great for grip. it changes the sound of your guitar strumming but turtle shells sound great. i wanted to try the carbon fiber picks havent found any cheap ones tho.

     Oh boy! This was a great Instructable. I always kinda wanted to make my own, but never knew how. Thanks! Here are how mine turned out. Just made them out of some ID cards from previous school years. 
    It makes my guitar sound a bit flat, but it is alright. Guess I just have to find a better material for them. But all-in-all, this was very nifty!^^