Learn a quick and easy tip for dividing a circle into thirds!
While making a recent card, I needed a quick way to divide a paper circle into thirds. The stamps I was using were a little too large for spaces that quartering the circle would create. So I quickly headed to the Googles (my second brain) for help.
So glad I found this tip! It’s super easy to do and you’ll likely remember it without needing to refer to the video again.
In case you are not a video/visual learner, I’ll list the steps below. It’s not complicated so don’t be put off by the number of items listed. I just like to have one step at a time to refer to, so I’m listing it that way.
- cut a circle to whatever size you need
- cut a second circle out of scrap paper (because you’ll be folding and marking it)
- match the edges and fold in half
- match those fold lines up and fold in half in the opposite direction (you’ll end up with “plus” lines for your folds)
- mark the center, where the fold lines intersect
- mark the center bottom (this is easy as it is on a fold line)
- now, take half of your circle diameter and use a ruler to measure out from the bottom center mark (just pivot your ruler from that bottom mark and wherever your half-diameter measure hits the edge of the circle, that’s where you mark it)
- do this on both sides
- now, draw three lines….one from top center to middle, one from side mark to middle, and one from the other side mark to middle (you basically just drew a Mercedes logo)
That’s it! Now you know how to quickly and easily divide a circle into thirds. You can watch the full video of the card I made using this little tip here.