Milk Cap Guitar Picks




About: My name is Jack and Growing up in a workshop has taught me a few things so I'd like to share my experiences after my discoveries. I do put the J in genius after all.

Have you ever looked around and said "where are all my picks?" Or "man I don't want to buy or wait for my picks to arrive". This instructable is meant for someone who owns a pick punch but doesn't want to buy material for it. I will be posing another tutorial on making picks out of different materials without a pick punch.


Step 1: Materials and Preparation

This is a very simple project all you will need is as follows.
Plastic bottle caps (I used milk bottle caps because of the thickness and size)

Razor blade exacto knife or other sharp knife

A pick punch (you can also trace the shape from another pick and use scissors

Step 2: Cutting

I've drawn a black line showing where to cut. Once this is done you will have a sheet of thin plastic.

Step 3: Punch It

Once you have the thin sheet line it up in the press and make your pick.

Step 4: Finishing

This is optional but will help in the long run. I use sand paper to remove any burs or sharp edges.

Step 5: Done

You can now customize and rock out with your new guitar picks.



    • Gardening Contest

      Gardening Contest
    • Party Challenge

      Party Challenge
    • Arduino Contest 2019

      Arduino Contest 2019

    8 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Cool. I have one of these punches and seem to go for either really stiff picks (old credit cards, store loyalty cards etc) or really floppy (plastic from bubble packs, plastic milk bottles etc).

    Also a great way to keep kids quiet for half and hour if you don't mind being inundated with Hello Kitty picks. :)

    1 reply

    3 years ago

    I use old credit/debit cards with a pick stencil. Have you tried any soft woods yet?

    1 reply
    Creatively crazy nsnw318

    Reply 2 years ago

    i have not tried any soft woods i think the wood would crack with the pressure, additionally i feel like a wood soft enough to be cut with this would be worn away quickly when playing.

    Lady Judy

    3 years ago

    Wow... I can try this in home. Thank you :-) Oh... Can you vote me in Egg Contest 2016. I make Instructable Egg New Life.

    Creatively crazy

    3 years ago

    I borrowed it from a friend by the Internet is the best place