Product Review: Martha Stewart Circle Edge Punch

Over the weekend I had the chance to try out the newest craft product from the Martha Stewart collection – the Circle Edge Punch. As a diy’er I like to have products like this where you can use it time and time again, and customize it to your occasion, so I was game when I was given this opportunity. What this tool does is cut out various sizes of paper “doilies” with pretty lacy edges {there are lots of patterns you can purchase to change it up}. This will be available exclusively through HSN, and you can see it demonstrated by Martha herself, tomorrow {Tuesday, Nov. 13}. Check out my experience below…

  • The way this works is you place a piece of paper on the tool, punch it, and rotate the paper using the magnetic knob so you punch the pattern at correct intervals. The patterned punch is also magnetic and you have to lift it off each time you rotate your paper. It all makes sense once you get the concept.
  • It took me a few minutes to figure out how to set up the cutter. I think seeing the live demonstration on HSN will be very beneficial if you’re a visual learner like I.
  • I made the smallest circle {6 inches} using note paper. It worked very well and I had no problems.
  • Next I decided to make larger circles {8 inches & 10 inches} using a heavier weight scrapbook paper {not card stock}. These were a bit more tricky. I found the the heavier weight paper wasn’t as easy to turn with the knob as the note paper was, which meant I had to double check my paper placement at each interval.  Upon further testing, I found that pushing down on the knob as you turn helps to turn the paper properly.
  • I also found out that when you make larger doilies you have to make at least 2 full rotations of the paper. That’s something the instructions didn’t tell you.  I found that pressing down on the knob also eliminated this issue as well.

Overall, I like having this tool. I can see myself using it for many different projects:  place doilies under plates to add color, line cake pedestals, make hanging banners, add to bags or gift boxes to add a decorative touch to the wrapping, layer different sizes and make ‘flowers’, etc. I also like the idea of being able to choose the size I need, and my own colors & patterns.

I will definitely be watching the demonstration tomorrow {see schedule here} to see if there are some tips & tricks I should know about to make the larger circles easier to work with.

How about you – is this something you see yourself using?  As a bonus, I’m able to offer you a 20% discount on all products via Martha Stewart Crafts {does not include the circle edge punch sold on HSN}.  Just use the code BLOG20.

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