How to Cut Contact Paper for a Lazy Susan Shelf

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Things You'll Need

  • Tissue paper

  • Pencil

  • Scissors

  • Contact paper

If you have a Lazy Susan shelf, you might want to embellish and protect it with contact paper. Contact paper helps protect the shelf from dirt and spills and adds a decorative touch. Contact paper is generally easy to apply to straight-sided shelves. But it can be a little trickier to apply contact paper to round shelves, such as a Lazy Susan. You have to cut the contact paper to fit the Lazy Susan's rounded edges—a feat that sounds harder than it actually is. Follow this simple technique to cut contact paper for a Lazy Susan.



Step 1

Wipe away any dirt or crumbs from the Lazy Susan shelf. The slightest particle can create an unwanted bubble underneath the contact paper.

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Step 2

Place a sheet of tissue paper onto the shelf. The tissue paper will be used to create a template for measuring and cutting the contact paper. If your Lazy Susan shelf has an axle in the center, simply cut a slit large enough to fit around the axle. For an enclosed axle on a bottom shelf, you will need to cut the slit from the center to the edge of the tissue paper to get it around the axle.

Step 3

Press the tissue paper in place on the Lazy Susan shelf. Make sure there are no wrinkles. From the center of the shelf, lightly press outward to the edges of the shelf. At the edge, use your fingernail to create a sharp crease to form a border.

Step 4

Outline the creased border with a pencil. Remove the tissue paper from the Lazy Susan shelf. Cut on the pencil line to create the template.


Step 5

Unroll the contact paper, printed side down. Place the template on the contact paper and outline it with a pencil. Cut the contact paper on the pencil line.

Step 6

Leave the backing on the contact paper and measure for fit. Place the contact paper cutout on the shelf and see if it fits perfectly in place. If it does, remove the protective backing and place the sticky contact paper on the shelf. If it doesn't fit, remove the cutout and create a new tissue paper template.


When lining a Lazy Susan shelf, avoid using contact paper with striped designs. The lines will look awkward on the round shelf.


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