trace around

trace around something

to press something against paper and draw a line around the edges that are in contact with the paper. Trace around this piece of material and cut out a new pattern. If you trace around the edges carefully, you will end up with a good drawing of the outline.
See also: around, trace
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Then, with a the photograph down, have them first trace around all their white shapes; " ballpoint pens seem to work best for tracing shapes.
1 Trace around a star, transfer to the sheet of card and cut out neatly with a Open out the card, place the template on the card on the cutting mat and cut 3 Cut a piece of fabric big enough to cover the shape you've cut out but smaller than the card.
Be sure the part is aligned correctly to the action (not the stock) and trace around the part of the bottom metal that touches the stock.
Place the pie plate face up on the bag, and use the marker to trace around the bottom.
PRO TIP: When working with dark hues, precision is important--so dab your pinkie in a bit of concealer, then trace around the edge of your lips to erase smudginess.
Later the Romans came and departed, leaving little trace around the Mersey.
Trace around the template and then cut on the line to make a unit 1.
2 To replace the googly eyes' white irises with brown ones, first trace around the eyes on to the brown foam sheet and cut out the circles.
It may be recalled that a Pakistani fishing vessel had on the New Year's Eve sunk without a trace around 365 km off the same Porbander coast in mysterious circumstances after being intercepted by the Coast Guard on high seas.
For an even circle, use a pencil to trace around a 12-in, plate onto parchment.
Kennedy Gardens also has barrier controlled residential parking with electric car charging points, new street lighting and an impressive new sculpture, after customers were asked to trace around their fingers to make a "Tree of Hands".
Center a remodeling box in the circle and trace around it.
There were also displays by Rich Goodwin Airshow, motorbike demonstrations, Mad Science, Noisy Toys and a pantograph - a machine to trace around your child and make a drawing to keep.