crafter tip: how to sharpen punches

How to Sharpen Craft Punches |

I love craft punches and I expect each punch to be perfect.

Often I’m using them on my designs (that I’ve printed at a local Kinkos… hence I’ve spent money on that sheet of paper) so I need a perfect edge every time or the camera will pick up the imperfection.

I can’t stand it when a punch starts to dull and pulls at the color on the paper leaving ragged white edges. Want to know how to sharpen your punches?

Wax paper. Yep. It’s that easy. Punch wax paper 3-4 times (it won’t punch all the way through, but it will coat all the details of your punch design.

It’s that easy!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Kim Byers, creative director & owner of The Celebration Shoppe. Her work has been featured in Parents, Better Homes and Gardens, All You, Pregnancy, iVillage, Huffington Post and many others. Kim is also a contributing writer for Kellogg's Snackpicks and Parade magazine, as well as craft contributor for JoAnn.

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  1. 1
    Lauren Nguyen says:

    Thanks! I’ll try that! I tried foil recently and it didn’t help. My circle punch keeps ripping my printable a for my daughter’s party! So frustrating!

  2. 4

    I had no idea! This is a great tip, thanks so much!

  3. 6

    I always heard aluminum foil and it never worked for me. . . .now I got to go try wax paper. Thanks for the tip!

    • 7

      Su – foil never worked for me either, but wax paper is amazing. There is always a point where you just have to toss them, but wax paper will extend their life! Good luck!