Making Memories Paper Piercer Deluxe

Reported by: Tracy Schultz

Paper piercing is a great way to add texture to your paper crafting projects. But if you don’t have the right tool, it can also ruin your projects at the same time!

I love my Making Memories Paper Piercer Deluxe for a few reasons: price, quality, availability, and its simple design.

Being the frugal person that I am, I tried for months to pierce holes in my projects with a standard needle. The needle would slip from my fingers so often that I would either stab myself or punch a hole in my project in the wrong spot! The Making Memories Paper Piercer Deluxe has a wonderful handle with grip markings on it making it easy to hang on to.

On one end of the tool is your piercer. The other end features a handy needle threader that screws off to store spare needles in. I’ve found the needle threader to break easily, so I don’t use it. But that’s not why I bought this tool anyway!

I use my piercer for adding decorative pierced borders and accents to my cards as well as piercing holes to add tiny brads to. Another use for it is picking up glue dots to add to my embellishments. This way, the glue dots are always in the exact center and I don’t have to worry about the dots sticking to my finger!


  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to grip
  • Opposite end has a needle threader and needle storage
  • Readily available in most craft stores


  • Needle threader breaks easily
  • Seems like it’s being replaced by a newer version from Making Memories
  • Doesn’t come in any fun colors!

After scouring the Making Memories website, it seems like they’re phasing this particular paper piercer out in favor of one with a new design and a stylus on the other end instead of the needle threader.

Despite that, you can still find this exact tool at quite a few online retailers like Create for Less, Ben Franklin Crafts, and Save-on-Crafts; as well as many local craft stores (that’s where I found mine). It retails for $2.99.

I’d give this tool an 8 out of 10. It’s easy to use, easy to find, and easy on the wallet. I just wish the needle threader lasted longer and that the tool itself was cuter!

Do you use the Making Memories Paper Piercer Deluxe? We’d love to know what you think about it!

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2 Responses to Making Memories Paper Piercer Deluxe

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    Radiogirl December 2, 2008 at 2:52 pm #

    Very nice and informative review. I want to do more piercing on my projects. I like the price point. I will keep my eye out for this one (or the newer version).

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    Kim December 4, 2008 at 4:31 pm #

    I have the one with a stylus on the other end. My only complaint is that it sometimes pops out while I’m using it. I tried gluing the stylus end in and it didn’t hold. I can’t believe how hard it is to get a fool-proof paper piercer!