AFTER READING THIS, YOU WILL NEVER BUY GUITAR PICKS !

Greetings!
If you run out of picks every now and then, or somehow lose them, this article is for you.
Ultimately a guitar pick is a piece of fine plastic cut through a machine. The question is, is it really hard to make one sitting at home, and spending a few minutes of time ?
Here's a quick tutorial of how you do so. Although you may intuitively feel that homemade picks can't match the precision of manufactured picks in terms of smoothness and rounding, in reality you can get a finish close enough or better than factory made ones!

Step 1- SELECT THE RIGHT CD (DVD)
So the first step is to select a DVD. The visual difference between a CD and a DVD is that CD's are white on their reflective side and DVD's are blue on their reflective side. So what we need is the BLUE one. In case, you're stuck-

Step 2- SEPARATE THE TRANSLUCENT LAYER
All DVD's are made of two layers - The cover and the projection layer. We want the projection or the translucent layer. To separate it, all you have to do is make a cut on its edge (circumference) and separate it out. We won't be needing the opaque plastic cover so you can throw that. And if some of that sparkly stuff is stuck on the translucent area, don't worry ! That can be used to make the FANCY ones....
I know its difficult to explain, So I guess the GIF animation should explain it all.

Step 3- TRACE OUT THE REQUIRED PICK
Now, this is easy. On the translucent CD, using a real pick and a permanent marker trace out the pick shape that you want on the CD. So trace out as many picks as you can to fully utilize the CD. Keeping the pick steady, while tracing it might be a difficult task. So I suggest, while doing this use the index finger and press the pick downwards and then trace it. Be creative and find your way to do this :)



Step 4 -CUT IT OUT !!
Simple- Use a good pair of scissors and cut out your traced picks! Do this with a steady hand and cut it cleanly in one go without stopping.
Step 5 -SAND IT
Smooth-en the edges using a sanding machine or by hand using sand paper. And you're ready to rock !! Optionally you may make your band logo or some graphic on them once you're done with sanding.
ROCK ON
And that's it !! You can also make picks with old credit cards and Cheetos Tazos :)
Hope the picks rock it! If you're stuck at any step, do leave a comment and I'll get back. HAPPY PICKING :)
                                                                                        - Cheers
                                                                                          Siddharth