how to sharpen punches

By Stevie Adams / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

Hello & G’day… today I’ve got a quick
tip for you on ‘how to sharpen your punches’ say if you’ve got just a around
this around one inch around 3/4 and this is just a little about a half inch I’ve
got a piece of tin foil here it’s bit heavier than your kitchen foil and I got
it out of my very large tin of coffee so all I’m going to do is I’m going to pop
that in there and I’m going to make a few cuts so I’m just going to go around
and I’ll be cutting them out I’ll do a few I haven’t got a lot of this foil so
if I run out and it’s not sharp enough I’ll have to go back and use the kitchen
foil this one’s in pretty good condition
there’s a really good punch this one it’s been a little bit naughty I’ll get
rid of that bit I’ll do one more there this one here I’ve got a real big
problem there so I’ll get that off this one here is a bit hard to use with my
crook hand so I’ll go that way and use the table to push down on and I’ll give
that one it a bit of a sharp and to find the kitchen foil I’ve got to fold it
over a few times and it does make it a bit more difficult to cut it gets all
you know comes it comes loose when it’s folded and it gets caught up in my punch
so I’ll do just want a few more times because it’s the worst out of the three
it’s the worst so I need to show I actually needs replacing this one but
I’m making it last by doing this I am making it last all
right now I can keep them for a project or I can dump them
okay so I’ve got some scrap here this is 250 gsm card stock it’s a good quality not a problem
cut lovely not a problem
so that is a very simple way to sharpen your punches oh their popping right out
their working perfectly well. them ones now let’s try this one this one’s doing it hard because the cardboards a bit thick so I’ll go this way I really do have. the smaller the punch
the harder it is, my fingers are just not strong enough to push on that so I
really have to use the power of my hand but that’s cutting pretty good now there
is a quick and easy way of how to sharpen your punches if they are being a
little bit dull and you know not cutting out properly another tip is with your circle punch is
if you try to cut a single layer it will almost always do that so double it up or
triple it up as long as it’s not too heavy that makes a big difference you’ll
get a cleaner cut it was a single cut and a single cut
so fold your papers and it’ll cut much easier and if you’re not able to fold it
just say you want a single layer of that and you’ve only got that one piece just
grab yourself a normal piece of paper or some other cardstock and put it behind
it and then go in and cut your circle and you can avoid those little messes so
there is a quick and easy way of how to sharpen your punches here, when you take
the lid off you peel off that big piece of foil off the top of your can. I’m
Donna thanks for watching and bye for now

31 thoughts on “how to sharpen punches


  2. Another great video. I sharpen my scissors with foil all the time. I TRY to sharpen my punches with foil but like you said, it gets stuck! THANK YOU for this tip, I'll be saving ONE more thing to use. What a great idea!!

  3. Brilliant! I’ve been using folded over aluminum foil, and just like you mentioned, it is a little difficult and wants to get tangled and shredded. Now I wish I had been the foil from my coffee cans! Just opened one last week. 🤣🤗

  4. Great tip Donna! I could kick myself for tossing the foil piece from my coffee the other day! i will add saving those to my list from now on. tfs

  5. Thanx for the tip! Another option I have found helpful is to cut a soft drink/beer can remove the top and bottom, cut it down the side and you are left with a flat tho often curled round piece of tin that can be punched in the same manor it sharpens your punches as well as your scissors 😉

  6. Thank you for the sharpen tip, I will use it soon 😁. Also thanks for the tip at the end on folding the paper or adding another piece. I seem to always get those ragged edges when I am trying to center my punch on a design. Not anymore, thanks to you! 😁

  7. Yeah, kitchen foil just doesn't work at all 🙁 My 1 inch punch doesn't cut on a side (but then again, it was barely cuting from the start, I'm lucky like that and I waited too long before using it for the first time, it was too late to bring it back for a refund T.T) so TFS your trick. I don't have such foil seal at home but I'll be on the look out for them!
    (edit) Ooooh, the layering of paper trick does work! Awesome! I need 3 layers for my punch to really work but damn! Ok, not going to replace it yet, then! Many thanks, Donna! <3 <3

  8. Ask any new mums to save the lids from their formula milk tubs… they're thick and really big! Some drinks cans are also thinner than they used to be, and could be cut open to lay flat….cutting it open will also sharpen your scissors! 😁😁😁

  9. Awesome tips Donna, twinsie… boy where they where popping out.. lol! Thanks for sharing your awesomeness!!! Xox 🌲💜

  10. Very useful tip. I also use very fine sandpaper on stronger punches, but I don't force it if the punch isn't strong enough to go through.

  11. Helpful tips! I have that same punch that you say is the worst and I would agree. Mine needs sharpening a lot. TFS the tips!

  12. I'm so new to this that it had never struck me that punches would need sharpening… But now I know, I shall look out for heavy foil & keep it ready for when I actually get some punches!

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