How to make a perfect circle out of paper

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How to make a perfect circle out of paper
Use string to make a perfect circle. (string image by Alison Bowden from

Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to make. Though a circle is a basic shape, making one out of paper can be a challenging task. But challenging does not mean impossible; with a pair of scissors, a piece of string and a writing utensil, making a paper circle can actually be rather simple. If you can make a perfect circle out of paper without having to buy stencils or compasses, you'll save money and learn a skill that is sure to come in handy when working on crafts.

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Things you need

  • Piece of string (the size of the radius of the intended circle)
  • Paper
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Take the piece of string and tie it close to the tip of the pencil.

  2. 2

    Place the end of the string in the centre of the intended circle on the paper.

  3. 3

    Take the pencil and pull it taut without moving the string end.

  4. 4

    Move the pencil with a firm hand and slowly draw the circle.

  5. 5

    Cut the paper along the drawn line with a pair of sharp scissors to end up with a perfect circle from paper.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not want the pencil line to be visible, draw lightly and then erase it when the circle has been cut by erasing from the inside of the circle to the outside so as not to wrinkle the paper.
  • In order to make the circle perfect and even, keep the pencil at a constant angle; if you start it at a 90-degree angle, hold it that way throughout the whole circle. The best way to stay consistent is to hold it at a right angle.

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