Introduction: How to Make Guitar Picks

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This is a way on how to make picks enjoy

Step 1: The Items You Will Need in Order to Make Picks

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the items are scissors, pen(or permanent marker), a plastic card(membership cards, credit cards anything hard and flexible) and the pick.

Step 2: Draw the Pick

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use your pick to make the shape on the card and start drawing the pick (if your using a pen you might want to draw harder so the ink can get on the card)

Step 3: Then You Get Your Pick

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as you can see here I've drawn the pick it should look something like this.

Step 4: Start Cutting

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start cutting out your pick

Step 5: Then You Get Your Pick, But Not Done Yet

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if you see any excess on the pick cut it off

Step 6: Start Filing

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file the rough edges that the scissors made on the pick

Step 7: Polish the Edges

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Polish the edges of the pick with your carpet (or any cloth or old leather you may have) until it gives it a shine on the edges



your pick is now done the right way if theirs any questions or comments about this message me on yahoo at


dragon gods 15 (author)2010-10-24

this is a great in structable. but w/ do we trace if we donthave a guitar pck?

zrune18 (author)2009-06-11

lmao dude great idea!!! i got like 10 of thos cards....idnt recharge em lmao...

wvluhmann (author)2008-12-14

Hi everyone....I am still working on getting the pick punch to market in early 2009.......updates on the Pick Punch can be found at everyone take care

x_xPacox_x (author)wvluhmann2008-12-14

diy much better than punch

tubbychick3n (author)x_xPacox_x2009-05-24

very true, but you could probably start a school/ebay business with the punch.

tubbychick3n (author)wvluhmann2009-05-24

I'm definitely going to be picking one of these up as soon as they're up for sale.

wvluhmann (author)2008-03-22

If anyone cares I own the patent for punching out picks using a handheld punch. I plan to have this out hopefully in the next year. Here is another thread regarding this idea here on Instructables.......... Email

wvluhmann (author)wvluhmann2008-05-04

Hi, I changed my email to the following....

silverchakra (author)wvluhmann2008-04-12

Congrats! This is a great idea! I use hand held punches all the time for mixed media art. I got some guitar picks to make jewelry out of but if I had your punch I could make them myself without even having to cut them out! I hope you get it on the market soon, but I know these things can take time. Good luck with it!

Chuck P. (author)2008-03-22

Does anyone have an idea on how to get paint to stick to one of these? My idea is paint then a thin layer of transparent glue. Any ideas?

silverchakra (author)Chuck P.2008-04-12

You can get paint for plastic at a craft store like Michael's or Hobby Lobby. It comes in small plastic bottles for under $2. a bottle. Sometimes they have a package with 6 colors in small pots on a strip for just a few dollars. You can also use regular acrylic paint if you prime them first with gesso. Once painted you can decorate them further with designs, words, etc. with Sharpies.

S1L3N7 SWAT (author)2008-02-20

Oh, I got a cool idea. Make them out of used XBOX LIVE subscription cards.

x_xPacox_x (author)S1L3N7 SWAT2008-03-08

yeah that too i saw people on youtube do that

Patrik (author)2008-02-20

So - what is the wrong way?

Weissensteinburg (author)Patrik2008-02-20

That's what I was wondering...

Patrik (author)Weissensteinburg2008-02-20

Apparently, using a nail file, instead of a coarse file + carpet.

... because, well, that's just plain wrong...

make your own guitar picks from gift or credit cards!

Credit Card Guitar Picks


admanrocks (author)Patrik2008-02-21

I feel so proud.

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)admanrocks2008-02-24


x_xPacox_x (author)Patrik2008-02-20

like not using the filer polish etc many things

S1L3N7 SWAT (author)2008-02-20

Yeah, I dont know what you mean by "the right way." The others look way better, yours still has rough edges.

WurdBendur (author)2008-02-19

You're polishing that on your carpet? lol

WurdBendur (author)2008-02-19

Is there really a right or wrong way? If it works for you, who's to say it's wrong?

rerat (author)2008-02-19

And what makes this any better than any other credit card pick?

GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-19

Cool! My brother and I do this all the time whenever we need some. We like doing it to cool credit cards, or just cards like that, then it looks really awesome because we pick a certain part on it. Awesome Instructable!

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