# How to Create a Perfect Circle Without Tracing

Three Methods:CompassPencil TipSquare

Need to draw a perfect circle, but don't have anything to trace? You can create a circle with a compass or even just with a pencil and eraser.

## Steps

### Method 1 Compass

- 1
**Find a drafting compass.**You can buy one at office supply or drafting supply stores. - 2
**Put your pencil in the open leg of the compass.** - 3
**Adjust the compass for the radius of your circle.**For a bigger circle, spread the compass wider. - 4
**Set the stationary leg of the compass where you want the middle of the circle.** - 5
**Keep the stationary leg stable as you move the pencil leg around in a circle.**

### Method 2 Pencil Tip

- 1
**Choose a well-sharpened pencil.** - 2
**Choose a piece of paper.**Place the paper on a flat, clean surface. The easier the surface is to move the paper on, the better, such as a well-polished table. Also, be sure to have plenty of space to be able to move the paper on the work surface. - 3
**Place the pencil on the paper.**Press down on the point where the exposed wood on the pencil meets the painted part. - 4
**Have the tip of the pencil touch the paper, so that the eraser end is sticking up.** - 5
**Rotate the paper.**While your index finger is holding the edge of the pencil described in Step 3, rotate the paper beneath the pencil with your free hand. - 6
**Continue the rotation until a full circle is formed.** - 7
**Congratulations!**You have now completed your circle.

### Method 3 Square

- 1
**Draw a square.** - 2
**Divide the square equally into 4 smaller squares using a pencil and ruler.** - 3
**Draw round lines in one smaller square.**Start from one end of a bisecting line and take the half circle shape up to the next bisecting line, with the rounded edge sitting against the edge of the large outer square. - 4
**Repeat for each small square until one large circle has been created inside the large square.** - 5
**Erase the square lines.**Leave behind the circle.

## Tips

- Make sure the paper doesn't move from the central point while you're turning it, or you could end up with a spiral design.
- Don't be disappointed if you end up with a slight spiral design, you just need to press down on the pencil harder.
- For a perfect circle, use a compass.
- Keep your hand steady!

## Things You'll Need

- Paper
- Pencil
- Clean and flat work surface
- Drafting compass (optional)

## Article Info

Categories: Drawing Shapes and Forms