Introduction: Make Your Own Guitar Picks From Gift or Credit Cards!

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in this instructable ill teach you how to make your own guitar picks from gift or credit cards
now you wont have to drive over to your music shop just to get frigging picks!
cheap, easy, and fast
i did not invent this, i used this as my idea, but i just tuned it a little

Step 1: What Youll Need

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gift card or credit card (i prefer gift cards)
nail file
a guitar pick

thankfully my handy dandy pocketknife thing came with both scissors and a nail file!

Step 2: Tracing the Pick

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pretty much self explanatory
just put the pick on the gift card
and trace around it
is that so hard to follow?

sorry, i already made a bunch of picks with this one :)

Step 3: Cut the Pick Out

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just... cut the pick out

don worry about the rough edges
you'll trim them soon

sorry about the blurriness

Step 4: Trim It

trim the rough edges to make it pretty smooth

hey! its instructables back there!

Step 5: Bring Out the Nail File!

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start smoothing out the edges on the pick

Step 6: Filing It Down

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now just make it about the right size

hold the ghetto pick and the real pick together and file

Step 7: Its Done!

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after 5 minutes barely doing anything
you have your new pick

now go out there and make some sound!


fredkellypicks (author)2013-10-07

Very easy method as you said.But i think there are some cutters available to,with that you can get any shape of your guitar pick.

Picks For Acoustic Guitar

MistressX956 (author)2009-10-19

Haha I like your comment about the Id's and what not cleanmonk. ^_^ Good Idea!

sheltiesruleusa (author)2009-08-19

hey im new at guitar and when i bought my guitar the guy told me i dont need a guitar pick but i want to have one to try out. problem is that the store is like half an hour away so its not worth driving all the way out there just for guitar picks. i wanted to make one on my own but i dont have A guitar pick to trace! does anyone know the sizing for a guitar pick? and does size matter otherwise id just take a credit card and cut it so its roughly the same shape as a guitar pick... thanks! sorry for sounding so ignorant but im NEW at guitar. thanks!

its okay, you could just look on google for an image of a guitar pick thats roughly the same size as a real one and just use that, and it mostly matters on what your preference is for using a pick, or what type of music you play or you could use picture 1, that looks like a good size for a pick

nycnyusa (author)2009-07-26

library cards work great 2

watermelonhead (author)2009-07-02

Thanks for this instructable! (or should i say.. INSTRUCTUBAL) we get these stupid blockbuster cards all the time, and my brother also loses his picks all the time.

no problem, and yeah i hate fake cards that come through the mail

bassmonkey (author)2009-06-16

i dicovered this on accident, but it;s soooooo cool... make one of these picks,then put it under a hairdrier on th hottest setting for about a minute, or 30 seconds,then hold it like you woul a pick, and bam! custom pick!!!!!!

kenzington (author)2008-10-16

I make my own guitar picks all the time--it's good to find thin but sturdy cards or pieces of plastic (but that's just my preferance because i like thin picks best). iTunes cards work great. To JonH20--how do you make it look like an elephant??

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)kenzington2009-05-17

i think jonH20 means that since he has no pick to trace, his looks so deformed that it looks like an elephant XD

Elephant? What?

dobbylvr (author)2009-05-17

this is awesome!!!! great work!

Doveman (author)2008-02-18

Your 'handy dandy pocketknife things' name is a mutitool if you didn't know. :)

Quiksilver2693 (author)Doveman2008-03-24

Or a Leatherman.

Or Steve" Handy Dandy Pocket Knife form Blues Clues

fearme36 (author)Mr. Brownie2009-03-19

What's that you say blue? there's a killer in the house? We need to bring out the handy-dandy pocketknife!

randomrocks=D (author)fearme362009-04-02


randomrocks=D (author)2009-03-30

just finished my 1st its great!

Zippy_Pyromaniac (author)2009-01-20

I gotta make this with an Itunes gift card so I can have one of those funky dancing sillouhets on it!!

bootycrewqueen (author)2008-12-22

This is so cool!

a7xforlife (author)2008-12-02

Awsome! I have a habit of loosing my picks... a lot.

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)a7xforlife2008-12-02

me too... lol, but! i started the bass, which i like more. so now i play finger style, and i don't use picks. alas! small plastic pieces begone!

a7xforlife (author)INSTRUCTUBAL2008-12-03

I want a bass... I pretty much suck at guitar. I'm hoping Santa will bring me one.

firedragonblood (author)2008-07-30

what kind of gauge does it produce? i prefer medium (about .73 mm) would this work for me?

lol... i dunno... you can find something that you like and do this. but im not that lik good with picks to understand what you just said

saberscar (author)INSTRUCTUBAL2008-09-06

she's talkin about how thick its gunna be if im not mistaken i think so

Bongmeister22 (author)saberscar2008-11-22


yeah then itll make like about that size


pandaboy292 (author)2008-11-10

the best one on homemade picks hands down. no one elese has anything about sanding in it.

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)pandaboy2922008-11-13


S O F (author)2008-11-10

beastly idea man

thedog458 (author)2008-07-03

grate job i really like the idea 10/10 for show and 5/5 for the idea.

PyroMaster007 (author)2008-06-21


firegardeneve (author)2008-06-20

this is awesome. I just made some in 5 minutes at work using a H&R; Block Tax Cut cd case I had lying around

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

Hello...I changed my email to the tired of paying aol money use the following to contact me:

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)wvluhmann2008-03-22

great job. im happy to hear.

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)2008-04-08

yup... i mentioned u a few comments back

JonH2O (author)2008-04-07

Cool idea but my problem is when I need a guitar pick and must resort to desperate measures...I have no guitar pick to trace. So, I just make it look like a elephant.

INSTRUCTUBAL (author)JonH2O2008-04-07

thats why you PRE-make them

Obsessive (author)2008-04-07

Sweet! I had a used Hot Topic gift card in my room. Made a couple sick picks. Thanks!

popomaster (author)2008-02-21

you also do it with cd,s. they arent like glass if you cut them, there actually just circles of really strong plastic. you should be able to cut them with scizzors. there stronger than credit cards and stuff.

popomaster (author)popomaster2008-02-21

Oh, They are als see through if you scrape off all that paint, it comes off really easily, but you will lose a few do to the fact that they are see

x_xPacox_x (author)2008-02-20

good stuff man

pjordan903 (author)2008-02-18

I really like this instructable because I always have lots of gift cards and stuff I've used, and I don't want to have to drive all the way to the store if I don't have any picks. These picks work just fine.

Metal4God (author)2008-01-09

hey looks who's how to play guitar insrtuctable is on the side, MINE

ckloss187 (author)2008-01-01


INSTRUCTUBAL (author)ckloss1872008-01-01

man... its not that great haha but no i dont have one

rocknrollskwurl (author)2007-12-28

i save old gift cards and these work better/last longer than real picks. we could collect junk mail w/ the fake cards then make/sell these! good way 2 recycle also

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