Guitar Picks - How To Make Your Own Guitar Picks

Guitar Picks

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If you have some stiff plastic credit card type cards laying around (used up gift cards, etc.), you can recycle them by making your own guitar picks. All you need are some plastic cards, scissors, one guitar pick (for a template), a pencil, and sandpaper.

With this simple do-it-yourself technique, you can have original and attractively colored guitar picks. This is not only easy and fun, but a sustainable practice. You are turning trash into useful tools!

Make some for gift giving as well. A guitar player always enjoys receiving the gift of some new guitar picks. They make great stocking stuffers at Christmas time!

Guitar Picks - Materials

Guitar picks - materials needed
Guitar picks - materials needed

Materials Needed


All you need are

  • a pair of scissors
  • plastic cards
  • a pencil to trace the shape
  • sandpaper
  • an old guitar pick to use as a template

Guitar Picks - Trace the Shape

How to Make Your Own Guitar Picks


With a pencil, trace the shape of a guitar pick on the plastic card. You can cut several guitar picks from just one card.

Guiter Picks - Cut the Shape




With a sharp pair of scissors, carefully cut out the shape that you traced.

Guitar PIcks - Smooth Edges

Guitar Picks - Smooth the Edges


Next, gently sand all the edges of the guitar picks with a medium grade sandpaper.



Now comes the fun part - try your guitar pick out on your guitar. You've created a valuable tool from a piece of trash!

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DiamondRN 7 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

I like that! Utilization of available resources.


ralwus 7 years ago

Very ingenious and green too I reckon. LOL


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Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

What a great suggestion. Thanks for the hub!

Jen


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

Thank you, Nurse Diamond. I love the idea of reusing stuff.

ralwus, it's fun, practical, and they're pretty too!

Thanks for stopping by, Jen, I appreciate the comment.


cosette 7 years ago

OMG

awesome idea! my son plays guitar and would find this hub really interesting. very well written and formatted. i'm a fan now!


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

And I am yours as well, cosette. Great minds think alike.


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marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

Wow, that's original! People will wonder how i got that "Mastercard" guitar pick now! LOL


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

Marco, we found an old lost ID card of my son's and I am going to make him a pick with his own face on it. hehe


guitar phono 6 years ago

I bought a tool that punches them out. The website is pickpunch.com they have a bunch of videos, pictures, and how to information for all kinds of homemade guitar picks.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

guitar phono - great idea if you want to make a lot of them. Thanks for stopping by!


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prowork 6 years ago from Marietta , Ohio USA

Well what do you know , I would have never thought of this.


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TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

That's awesome. I've cut up old credit cards when I could't find a pick, but nothing like yours. Very cool!


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

ManWithoutPants - my son made these. We found an old ID card and I wanted to make a guitar pick using the ID, featuring my son's face. Wouldn't that make a fun gift? Thanks!


anonymous. 6 years ago

Good and all... but... they feel horrible to use.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

anon - well, I don't play guitar so I don't know. 2 of my sons play quite well and they enjoy using them. I am sure that there are all types of guitar picks. Thanks for the input.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

What a good idea! I teach guitar and this will be a fun thing to do with my students. Thanks.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

Vocal - thank you! I hope you have fun with it!


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IvoryMelodies 5 years ago

Dolores ~ what a neat idea! Have a friend who plays guitar, so I will be making a template from one of his picks so I can try this. Thanks!


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

Ivory - make sure it's one of those thick cards as flimsy ones will not do. Thanks!


Doodlebob 5 years ago

This is nice. But i did mine from an old CD. It's works just as nice. And it's transparent.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

Bob - really? Cool idea. I don't even know what CDs are made out of but thanks for the interesting tidbit!


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OrlandoC 5 years ago from Glen Ridge

Great idea! It really serves two purposes!


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

Orlando - 2? Not sure what you mean but thanks for reading and commenting!


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John J Gulley 4 years ago from Wisconsin

Great idea for re purposing old plastic. Let's keep them out of the landfill as long as possible.

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