A large round hole punch is a versatile crafting tool, useful for more than just punching holes. While the holes themselves are decorative and functional in many projects, the circular shape that comes out of the hole has many uses as well.
Large round hole punches can create quick and simple gift tags. Use recycled greeting cards to find suitable images for the gift tags. Then, centre the portion of the image you want to be on the tag in the punch. It is not necessary to include the whole image; partial images look just as good. For example, select the star on top of a tree for a Christmas gift tag or a single balloon or flower for a birthday. Write your To and From names on the back of the tag.
Circular shapes are versatile to use as templates for other small embellishments made from either fabric or felt. Punch out a card stock circle and draw around it onto fabric to make yo-yos. Stitch around the fabric circle with small stitches, then gently pull the thread to gather up the material into a pouch. Press the pouch flat with the gathers on one side. Alternatively, use the hole-punch template to cut coloured felt circles, then glue or stitch them on top of each other to make flower petals. Cut nicks in some of the circles to give the petals a little shape.
Greeting Cards and Scrapbooks
Make your own aperture cards with a large round hole punch. Fold your card stock as normal to make a blank card, then position the front of the card in the punch where you'd like to make your window. Use very large hole punches to make one window, but you can also make several smaller windows in a card with a slightly smaller hole punch and arrange them vertically, diagonally or randomly to reveal portions of an image peeking from inside the card.
Make game markers, tokens or other pieces with the circular shapes punched from card stock. Personalise the markers with pictures of favourite cartoon characters by using the card circle as a template to draw around the picture. Cut out the image and glue it onto the card circle, then paint over the image with a layer of white craft glue to give it a glossy finish when the glue dries clear.
Let kids make wall art by spelling out their names in glue on a large sheet of construction paper, then covering the glue with overlapping punched circles in a rainbow of different colours. Glue more circles around the edge of the paper to make a frame.
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