I love working with circles and ovals and I love paper piercing. Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to paper pierce curves.











  • Paper piercing tools
  • curved cardstock


Step one:

Begin by lining up your guide line with the end of your cardstock. I lined the second, thinner line up with the end of the white cardstock.






Step two:

Paper pierce until the guide line doesn’t connect with the end of the white cardstock anymore. Keep the paper piercing tool in the last pierced hole and move the paper piercing template over until the guide line lines up with the cardstock again.






Step three:

Continue to pierce and turn.









Step four:

Continue until you paper pierced your entire curve, circle or oval this way.



Stay at Home Mom of Three, Splitcoast Team Member and Copic and Spellbinders die Lover.

29 Responses to “Paper piercing curves”

  1. I was playing with this myself yesterday. Thanks for helping me out!

  2. Another stellar tutorial! Thank you, Beate!!!! 😉

  3. Very cool! I will have to give this a try!

  4. Thank you for the demo. You make it look so easy!

  5. I have another idea on my blog for you. I have since realized that it’s called plastic canvas, but this tool is inexpensive and super easy!

  6. Great tutorial Beate! I took me a second or two to realize what line you were talking about in your first step, but I finally got it. Thanks for the great pics and the great tutorial!


  7. That’s exactly how I do it, B — great tutorial!

  8. Thankyou Beate! And thanks Jewel, will have to look out for some of that.

  9. This is awesome! Thank you, thank you for sharing this!

  10. Great tutorial. I’ll definately have to try this one. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Thank you so much Beate for the tutorial. I can always rely on your tutorials to work out really well.

  12. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. I can’t wait to try it. You so inspire me!!

  13. Roberta says:
    The circle is good perfect. The measure is helping any pattern. Thank you for your tutorial. Pierce is the right needle.

  14. Thanks for sharing this Beate. It’s so simple, yet I never thought of it!

  15. Beate,
    I love your work. What a beautiful kind spitit you have, so many people benifet from your talents
    Thank you
    & Blessings

  16. Brilliant! I free handed it and my customers wanted a trick or technique to do it easier and straighter and I didn’t have this tutorial…Now I know! thanks bunches!

  17. Too cool ~TFS~!!!

  18. What a great tip! Thanks so much!

  19. Hi Beate,

    Thank you for answering my e-mail and directing me to your tutorial. Circle piercing makes sense to me now.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful work.


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  21. Hi Beate,

    Great tutorial – might want to add an r to the title so we know its piercing when we check the links not to mention so google will find your most excellent tutorial. 😀

    Hugs and blessings – Jean

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  24. Oh I am so glad I found this tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing how to paper pierce small circles! I have a Bazzill template but it is not for circles this small! 🙂

  25. Great tutorial!

    Cheryl S.

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  27. Now that is so very helpful….will have to go give it a try!! Thanks for taking the time to show us your trick!!


  28. Where can I purchase the template you are using for this turtioral?

    Thanks, Millie

  29. Cool post it is surely. We have been looking for this information.

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