Friday, November 30, 2012

DIY Guitar Picks

Here's a great little stocking stuffer for the guitar player in your life!

Here's what you need to make your own guitar picks:

-pretty papers, images, magazine cut-outs, etc.
-sharp pencil
-scissors or sharp blade
-laminating folders
-laminator or iron
-guitar pick to use as a template *See step 1 if you don't have access to guitar picks

1) If your guitar player is kind enough to leave their guitar picks out and handy for all, grab one on the sly to use as a template.  If your guitar player doesn't live with you, here's an easy way you can make your guitar pick template.

  - go to
  - once you've determined the size of your monitor the website will create a true to size image for you
  - print this out, cut it out, trace onto some heavy cardstock or lightweight cardboard and use as a template.

   or, you can just try using the image above~

2) Now, every guitar player is different, but I like my guitar picks to be pretty sturdy so I put an extra layer of lightweight cardstock in between my papers.  Some guitar players like really soft picks.  In that case you don't need to add the extra layer of cardstock.  You decide, maybe make a mixture~

If you're adding the cardstock layer, use your template to draw several and cut them out.

3)Now, trace your guitar pick shape onto some beautiful scrapbooking paper, an image from a magazine, a photo, or anything else you'd like to use that's fairly flat.  Cut out one image for the front and another for the back.

4) Add a little adhesive and make a sandwich with your papers and cardstock before it goes through the laminator.  This just keeps everything in place, you don't need to cover the entire piece. (pretty images facing out)

5) Arrange your picks inside a laminating pouch, making sure to leave enough room between them to seal in the edges.

6) The first time I did this I tried a little trick I saw on Pinterest and just used my iron at home to melt the laminating folder (in between it's cardboard covering sheet).

This was the result:

At first I thought it was a great big fat craft fail, but they turned out just fine.

I did a second batch in the laminator at work:

There aren't as many crinkles surrounding the picks but I still had to take my iron to the edges to make sure they were all sealed in.  If I make more, I'll stick with the home iron method.

7) Once you're laminated all of your pretty little picks cut them out.  Try to go as close as you can to the edge without breaking the seal.

And that's it!  Now you, or your guitar player, are ready to make some beautiful music!

I started out making this project just for fun, but when I went to look for my store bought picks I couldn't find them, so in the end these are a necessity.  They're so much better looking than what I had anyway~

Any other guitar playin' crafters out there???  Leave a comment below!


Prairie Scraps said...

I'm a guitar player and I need my picks to be just right for size or I can't get it to move between the strings correctly. I worry about that border of lamination film outside the outline of the actual pick.

Added to the fact that the stability isn't the same as the hard plastic, I just wonder if these really would work for a real guitar player.

Etcetorize said...

Hi Dorie...I am a real life guitar player and used one of these while jamming the other night. It worked just fine. But, like I said in the post, every guitar player is different and picky about their picks.

I probably wouldn't use this for intricate picking patterns but for something more laid back it works great.

These are just meant to be a fun crafty project for someone who wants to try something new~

Unknown said...

I have a guitar pick punch that I use. It is designed to punch plastic gift/credit cards for the pick. Really, if you didn't have the punch, you could just use your template---which is great, btw---and cut a pick from the gift card with scissors. A little light sanding with a nailfile is all it takes to finish the edges. Not as pretty as your scrapbook paper on both sides, but functional

Ladies Holiday said...

Those would make a great stocking stuffer! Thanks for sharing - I need some inspiration this year! Stopping by from the Cheerios and Lattes Blog Hop :)

Mitzi said...

Very clever and original, Tamara!

Laura said...

great idea!!

Michelle L. said...

I love the cool papers and art you chose for your picks. Great post!

Feral Turtle said...

What a great idea. I think I might try my hand at this. Thanks for sharing. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

O my goodness these are really adorable! This would be a great little gift for a musician! I would love for you to share this over at my blog hop!

Anonymous said...

Love this! So going to make where's that huge stash of scrap paper I have?!?

Jill said...

What a great idea Tamara!! They look so pretty.

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Cherilyn said...

Great idea! I think I will be making some for my sweet musician!

Diana of Diana Rambles said...

What an adorable idea! Thanks for linking up at my Pin Me Linky Party. I hope you come visit & link again. The party starts tomorrow at 8am CST.


Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Oh. My. Goodness! I know a guitar player and I am so making some of these as a stocking stuffer!

Thanks so much for sharing at the party,
<3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

Unknown said...

I'm learning guitar and these are really cool! Thanks for posting these! I was browsing pinterest becasue I was looking for cool guitar picks and I came arcoss your post! Very awesome thank you!


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