Five Unique Cutting Tools for All Your Crafts

Standard scissors don't always cut it (pardon the pun) in the crafting world. If you're new to scrapbooking or embarking on intricate projects with fabric, you'll need special tools. We rounded up our favorites so you can cut a variety of materials—in whatever shapes and patterns you need—with ease.

Fiskars SureCut Deluxe paper trimmer photo

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Paper Cutter

A paper cutter may not seem like a unique crafting tool, but many scrapbookers find that traditional paper trimmers are too short for their materials. That's where the Fiskars SureCut paper trimmer comes in. The leveling arm can extend the measuring deck beyond 15 inches (larger than the standard scrapbooking size) to accurately cut extra-large materials. It also features an interlocking blade and rubberized feet for stability and steady cutting. ($36; michaels.com)

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Michael's circle cutter for scrapbooking photo

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Circle Cutter

Cutting straight lines may be a feat, but cutting perfect circles is near impossible. You could trace and hope for the best, but this circle cutter will produce precise round shapes every time. It includes five blades that can slice through foam, paper, poster board, and more. You can also adjust the setting for one- to six-inch circles, depending on your project. ($8; michaels.com)

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Olfa craft knife with adjustable blade photo

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Craft Knife

The adjustable blade on this craft knife makes it an instant standout. Most knife sets come with one or two blades, but this tool has 13 settings that can be snapped off and replaced when they start to dull. Use this knife to slice through cardstock, film, paper, and more. It can even cut wallpaper for your next home improvement project. ($6; michaels.com)

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We R Memory Keepers Angled Rotary Cutter photo

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Rotary Cutter

No matter what shape you want to make, this rotary cutter gets the job done. Simply push and twist to define your angle and adjust as needed. Whether you want to create a beautiful birthday card or DIY holiday décor, it'll work for all your paper crafting needs. ($10; michaels.com)

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Martha Stewart Cricut Explore Air bundle photo

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Cricut Explore Air 2 Bundle, Martha Stewart Edition

The Cricut Explore Air, Martha Stewart Edition cuts through 100-plus materials (including leather), making a must-have for any avid DIY-er. Bluetooth compatibility allows you to cut from anywhere anytime. Simply use the smart set dial for your material and make specialized cards, pretty party decorations, and much more. The bundle also includes a tool set, 75 free ready-to-make projects, and a welcome book to inspire your next craft. If you already have a design in mind, upload the file (it accepts .svg, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, and .dxf formats) and let the machine do the rest. ($260, usually 280; michaels.com)

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