Tattoo Guitar Picks




Hello there everybody! In this instructable I will show you how to personalize guitar picks with temporary tattoos!

So you are looking for a nice gift you could make for someone who plays a stringed instrument like a guitar or mandoline? Or you just want to stand out with your unique picks? This instructable shows you how you can do it in a few steps.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

For this instructable you will need:

- Guitar picks ( the picks should have a smooth surface) or a plastic which you can cut out a guitar pick

-temporary tattoos ( you can get these mostly at toy stores)


- a sponge

- water

- clear lacquer

Please note: get some guitar picks or plastics that are not too dark. The design will not show up on darker / black picks or plastics!

Step 2: Remove the Front Cover of Your Temporary Tattoo

First of all you need to remove the transparent foil of your temporary tattoo

Step 3: Place Your Pick on the Tattoo

Now you need to place your guitar pick on your tattoo. Press the guitar pick with the tattoo together.

Step 4: Cut Out

Cut along your guitar pick .

Step 5: Water the Surface

Water the tattoo surface and press it down with a sponge. Wait a little bit ( 1-2 minutes should be enough).

Step 6: Remove the White Cover

Remove the white cover carefully. Let it dry.

Step 7: Paint It

If your guitar pick is dry, you can paint the tattoo surface with some clear lacquer. It takes normally 24h to dry. ( I do not recommend to use a hair drier, because the heat can create bubbles on the surface and even crack your tattoo design underneath the paint.)

This last step will prevent or at least delay the wear out of the design. I hope you enjoyed this little instructable!

Feel free to check out my Etsy shop where i am selling guitar picks out of recycled materials!

My Etsy Shop - Click here!

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    4 years ago

    Very cool. These would also make great jewelry elements.


    4 years ago

    That looks uncannily similar to some variations of COC's skull logo I've seen. Did you make the temporary tattoo yourself or are there packs of knock off metal band artwork out there. If so, I must have!

    PS: cool idea, I've always wondered about other applications for temp tattoos!

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    I got these temporary tattoos at a toy store ,but i think that now and then you can also buy some at ebay for even cheaper.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    What a creative idea! Thanks so much for sharing your project with us - I feel like this would make great gifts during the holidays :)

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    Thank you peppypickle ! You can also check out my etsy shop for further ideas...I just dont like it when something goes to trash like plastic or even worse: throwing away into the thats why I reuse things that would otherwise pollute the environment.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice I shall try to make this for a friend of mine who collects picks and plays the guitar. Thanks.

    Also this looks like your first Instructable you should enter it into the first time auther contest.

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice I shall try to make this for a freind of mine who collects picks and plays the guitar. Thanks.