Make Your Own Guitar Picks From Gift or Credit Cards!




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

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

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

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!

start smoothing out the edges on the pick

Step 6: Filing It Down

now just make it about the right size

hold the ghetto pick and the real pick together and file

Step 7: Its Done!

after 5 minutes barely doing anything
you have your new pick

now go out there and make some sound!



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    65 Discussions


    9 years ago on Step 4

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

    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!

    1 reply

    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

    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.

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    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!!!!!!


    10 years ago on Step 7

    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??

    2 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 7

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


    9 years ago on Step 7

    this is awesome!!!! great work!

    fearme36Mr. Brownie

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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

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