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Martha Stewart Circle Cutter

Reported by Christina Hammond

I have a ton of different craft supplies, but one I repeatedly come back to is my trusty Martha Stewart Circle Cutter. More often than not I can never find the correct sized circle punch for the task at hand, and this handy little gizmo solves my problem.  I should be honest here and admit that I own a few of these because I could not find them when I needed them (hey, two kids in a year and big move makes for one loopy crafter!).  This particular version comes from Wal-Mart.  It should be noted that this version is slightly different than versions that can be found in higher end crafting stores.  First, it’s green.  Second, the price point is lower and, finally, the higher end store versions have a few revisions that make it easier to use (we’ll get to those in the minute).

The rotating center disk has holes marked every 1/16th of an inch to produce perfect circles that can range in size from 1″ to 5″ diameter. The bottom of the non-rotating edge has small grippers spaced around that help the disk stay perfectly placed with little effort on my part while I concentrate on cutting.  Here’s where one of the revisions come in – the grippers are better on the pricier version.  They look and feel the same to me, but they just work better. 

The cutting tool features a rubberized grip with a tiny rotating, triangular shaped blade on the end.  The blade is sharp on both edges, so BE CAREFUL!   The handle end screws open to hold 2 or 3 extra blades, which is important because they are so tiny.  

Here is where we will find another revision- the covers on the blades are TINY on this version!  The white one sold elsewhere has big tags on these little blade covers so you can keep your fingers away from the blade while putting the cap on (and so you can find it when your big paws drop the tiny thing on your craft room floor!)


To create the perfect circle, simply center the Martha Stewart logo over what you’d like to cut out, and determine what diameter you’d like to use. Snap the little blade into whichever diameter hole you’ve chosen and rotate the center disk. You will hear a very audible “CLICK” when the blade is set in properly. It does not matter if you are right or left handed, or want to turn clockwise vs. counter-clockwise. 

I’ve found that it is best to tape down the item you are cutting, especially if it is smaller than the disk. A self-healing cutting mat also makes things go a little smoother (and, you know, saves your teak dining room table from circular destruction).


As you can see, a quickAlign Center little turn and you’ve cut out an exact size circle for whatever you need! I use my circle cutter for all kinds of things- fabric (well-starched and ironed very flat!), scrapbooking and decorating. I’ve made party decorations and Christmas ornaments.

My favorite use is to cut out the designs on the front of the pile of Christmas cards I get every year. Glitter the edges, punch a hole and hang with ribbon for toddler friendly (unbreakable!) decorations, or use them as gift tags the next year!

Pros:

  • cost
  • ease of use
  • cuts a variety of materials with ease
  • precise cuts
  • if you are “space limited” this one item can take the place of a bunch of circle punches

    Cons:

    • can be a little difficult to get the hang of at first. Too much pressure causes tears or it won’t spin
    • replacement blades aren’t readily available at most places
    • dark measurement markings can be difficult to see at times
    • blades tend to dull quickly

    I highly recommend that every crafter have a Martha Stewart Circle Cutter in their supply stash.  It’s useful in so many ways.  Be sure to let us know your thoughts on the Circle Cutter and come back and share what projects you create with yours!

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      12 Responses to Martha Stewart Circle Cutter

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        lu March 12, 2011 at 10:37 am #

        Have you tried the EK Success circle Cutter? I find that it is much easier too use than the MS one which I returned.

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        rilojane March 12, 2011 at 11:52 am #

        How often do the blades need to be replaced? Can you cut more than one piece of paper at a time?
        This is very tempting to add to my supply closet…

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        Mrs. Skojec March 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

        I’ve been wondering about this and look at it every time I go to the store, longingly. If it is as good as you say, I’ll be sure to add one to my collection of necessary items! Thanks!

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        Ladybug March 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

        I love, love, love my MS circle cutter. I tried the Fiskars one and another one that I can’t think of the name at the moment, and they didn’t compare to the MS one.

        I find, too, that using a glass cutting mat works better than a self-healing mat. It cuts like buttah!!!! 🙂

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        Elaine A March 12, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

        I’ve been looking at this also and hemming & hawing about buying it. Do you know if it will cut through light chipboard?

        Elaine Allen

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        Mod Podge Amy March 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

        I have this one and it’s AWESOME! It doesn’t slip around like some other ones that I’ve tried.

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        Cindy March 13, 2011 at 1:43 am #

        Since space is an issue with me it sounds wonderful that you can get so many different sizes in one cutter. How wonderful.

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        tina March 13, 2011 at 2:04 am #

        i’m looking for something that can cut wool felt. is this cutter good for that use?

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        SuZeQ March 13, 2011 at 9:02 am #

        I just might have to look into one of these gadgets. Martha don’t make junk!

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        Karla Anderson March 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

        Using a glass cutting mat makes this tool work so much smoother. I really did not think it would, but when I tried – ohh my what a difference in the ease of use!

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        construction_julie March 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

        I haven’t had a chance to try on chipboard, but felt didn’t work for me.

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        Heather Strenzwilk March 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

        Nice review. Like Karla, I find a glass cutting mat to be very helpful.