Monday, March 12, 2012

Martha Stewart Circle Cutter

Hello my blog friends! Forgive me, it's been a while. 

I've been swamped with school. We're reaching the end of the year so we're all stressed out with multiple projects that we're juggling.  I'm exhausted...

However my nephew's 5th birthday party is this Saturday so I've got to get myself together! 

I usually make some sort of Happy Birthday banner and since one of his many themes is "the ocean" (as per his request) I'm making a banner that sort of resembles bubbles... (sort of..) I'm going to have fish on either end so it'll look like the fish are saying "happy birthday!"
Oh my goodness, I'm so tired. Does any of this make sense?! Haha

So usually when I make a banner with circles, I end up hand cutting them which takes a long long time! So today, I finally invested in a circle cutter! 


It's not the cheapest buy at $30... but of course I had my 40% off coupon! This one can cut a circle up to 5 1/2" in diameter and as small as 1". 
I was tempted to also get the larger one which cuts circles from 4" to 12" but... there's no way I can justify buying both! At least not at the same time. =)


Both cutters come with 3 blades which is nice. 

I already had a print out of the circles which were 4":


I found it hard to line it up to cut perfectly sized circles that matched my print outs. Luckily the blue circle outline was on the thicker size so I ended up using the 3-15/16" hole rather than the 4". 



It was still a bit hard to match up and some ended up a little skewed:


Oh well. Beggars can't be choosers. 

Tip: Before committing to the cut, hold the blade in place but don't push down on it and create the circle just to make sure you're actually going to be cutting what you want to cut. (Hm.. that was really hard to word. Does that make sense?). If you have this cutter, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. 

Also the instructions say to hold the cutter perpendicular but at times, I found it a lot smoother when I tilted it ever so slightly while cutting.  

All in all, it's a good little device but I definitely wouldn't ever buy it at full price. 

For the future, I now know to create an even thicker outer circle to allow for some slack and hopefully not get skewed circles. 

Have any of you used this type of circle cutter before? Any tips, tricks, frustrations?



2 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to your nephew! I love birthday banners, my boyfriend has his birthday in next week and I'm planning birthday cakes and everything already :)

    Maria

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