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Published on September 6th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell


How To: DIY Guitar Picks

Both of my roommates play guitar, and they go through quite a lot of guitar picks. Instead of buying new picks all of the time, I decided to make them their own “custom” guitar picks using old credit cards!

What You Will Need:

1. Old credit cards or other plastic cards (insurance cards, membership cards, etc). Just remember to be careful with the personal information on your cards.

2. Pen/marker

3. Scissors

How To Do It:

1. Trace an old guitar pick several times on your credit card. You should be able to fit 4-5 picks on each card. I smudged mine a little bit, but they should look like this:

2. Then, cut them out.

3. If your edges are rough, you can sand the edges lightly.

Isn’t this such a simple project? My roommates are going to love them because they are fun colors and they won’t feel so bad if they lose them! Do you have a musician in your life that could you make these for?

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About the Author

Hello! I'm Bonnie -- a craft nerd, musician, writer, furniture and vintage lover, crafter, and diyer! If you would like to learn more about me, I also have my own blog, Revolutionaries, where I write about more craft projects, furniture redos, and my faith! You can also find me on , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

8 Responses to How To: DIY Guitar Picks

  1. What a great idea! What kind of scissors did you use? I’m thinking my normal paper cutting scissors won’t work very well.

  2. While I appreciate this, I must share that there is a guitar pick punch that makes the cuts cleaner and straighter than doing it by hand. But yes, I love the credit-card picks a LOT!

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  4. that’s pretty cool!

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

  5. Sarah says:

    Great idea! It is hard to find good guitar picks that are cheap. This helps me out a lot. They are so easy to make and no more just cutting up and throwing away old cards.

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