Three Design Your Own Guitar Pick Projects

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Whether you're a beginning guitarist who needs a versatile middle-thickness pick or a seasoned strummer looking for a way to show off your style during a solo, you can design your own guitar picks out of a variety of materials. These quick and easy projects won't take up all your practice time, and they make great gifts too. If you need help downloading the printable instructions, check out these helpful tips.

Make a Guitar Pick Out of a Gift Card

If you're like most people, you probably have dozens of old gift cards lying around. Once you've used up the cash value of those cards, give them a new life as guitar picks.

This process results in picks that are a perfect medium thickness, making them a versatile choice no matter how you play.

Things You'll Need

  • Old gift cards
  • Marker
  • Existing guitar pick in a shape and size you like
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Cutting board
  • Nail file

What to Do

  1. Place the gift card on top of the cutting board, and put the existing pick on top of the gift card. Center the pick over a part of the card you want on your new pick.
  2. Trace around the existing pick using the marker. Set the existing pick aside.
  3. Using the craft knife, carefully cut out the pick by following the marker lines. Go slowly to ensure your design is smooth and even.
  4. When you're done cutting out the pick, use the nail file to smooth the rough edges until your new pick feels comfortable in your hand.

Make a Guitar Pick Out of an Old CD

make your own guitar picks from old cds

Nothing expresses your love of music quite as much as a guitar pick crafted out of an old CD. Whether your favorite album is full of scratches or you've replaced it with MP3s, you can recycle that old CD in an awesome and practical way.

The pick you make using this process will be a bit stiffer than a gift card pick, making it ideal for precise picking.

Things You'll Need

  • Old CD
  • Marker
  • Existing pick
  • Very sharp craft knife
  • Cutting board
  • Medium grit sandpaper

What to Do

Unlike gift cards and flexible plastic, CDs are made of a very brittle material. This means you need to score and break them.

  1. Put the old CD on the cutting board, shiny side up. Then place the existing pick on top of the CD in the desired location.
  2. Trace around the existing pick using the marker. Set the existing pick aside.
  3. Next, it's time to cut out the pick. Trace around the pick shape using the craft knife, but don't try to cut all the way through. Try to use straight lines as much as possible; you can round the corners later.
  4. Gently bend the CD away from the scored side, allowing it to crack along the score lines.
  5. When your pick is cut out, round the corners and smooth the edges using the sandpaper.

Make a Photo Guitar Pick

make your own guitar picks from photos

A photo guitar pick makes an impressive personalized statement. Instead of a photo, you can also substitute the logo of your band or another favorite image.

Because it is two layers thick, this pick is best for solos and fast picking.

Things You'll Need

  • Thin, clear plastic sheet (available at your local craft store)
  • Photograph or image small enough to fit on the pick
  • Existing pick
  • Marker
  • Cutting board
  • Craft knife
  • Epoxy glue
  • Nail file
  • Scissors

What to Do

  1. Place the sheet of clear plastic on top of the cutting board, and place the existing pick on top.
  2. Trace around the existing pick using the marker. Then move the existing pick and trace it again. Set the existing pick aside.
  3. Use the craft knife to cut out the picks from the clear plastic.
  4. Round the edges of both clear plastic picks using the nail file.
  5. Place the existing pick over the photo, and trace around it with the marker. Use the scissors to cut out the pick shape on the photo.
  6. Mix the epoxy according to the package instructions. Spread a very thin layer of epoxy on one piece of clear plastic.
  7. Center the photo over the clear plastic piece, picture side down facing the epoxy. Press it down firmly.
  8. Spread another thin layer of epoxy on one side of the other clear plastic piece. Press this piece onto the back of the picture. Adjust the alignment of the layers.
  9. Allow the pick to dry, and then file the edges again with the nail file.

A Tool to Help

If you find that you love making your own guitar picks, you may want to invest in a Pick Punch. This handy little tool retails for about $25 and punches pick shapes out of a variety of materials. This eliminates the need for tracing an existing pick and cutting it out with a craft knife.

Always Have a Pick Handy!

Not matter what method or material you use to create your pick, you're sure to end up with a statement-making, personalized guitar accessory you love. Create several picks so you always have one handy when you want to play.

Three Design Your Own Guitar Pick Projects