How to Draw a Circle With String

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It doesn't matter if you want to draw a small circle or a large one, using a string and a pencil is a great way to get a perfect circle. Sometimes you may not have a compass or it is too small for the circle you want. This method could be used to cut out circles of plywood for a table top to drawing circles on paper for artwork.

Things You'll Need

  • String
  • Pencil
  • Tape or thumb tack
  • Paper, wood or canvas, on which to draw the circle
  • Determine how large you want your circle to be and cut your string to that length. Be sure to add a little extra, since you'll tie the string onto the pencil and secure it to the center of the circle.

  • Tie one end of the string onto the center of a pencil. Be sure to allow enough room for the pencil to spin around within the string but tight enough so it won't slip loose.

  • Hold the string down where you want the center of your circle to be. If you're drawing a circle on wood or something other than paper, you could use a thumb tack or tape to hold down the string.

  • Pull the string taught and, keeping the pencil perfectly upright, use the string to outline the circle. This will give you a perfect circle.

  • Remove the string, tape or thumb tack from the center of your circle. Now you've got a perfect circle.

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