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How to Make an Infinity Symbol

Updated April 17, 2017

The infinity symbol is drawn as a horizontal number eight, or an hourglass turned on its side. The infinity symbol is used in mathematics, in mythology and to express notions of endless love. Drawing an infinity symbol by hand is not difficult, though if you want to create an elaborate infinity symbol you may need more artistic ability. You can also create infinity symbols on your computer using simple symbol codes.

Draw an infinity symbol using pen and paper. You can begin by drawing the number eight and then turning the paper horizontal. Alternatively, draw a horizontal figure eight on a vertical piece of paper.

Insert the infinity symbol into a Word document. When using a Mac, hold the option key and the number five simultaneously. On a PC, hold the ALT key and type 0236 on your keyboard's numeric keypad. In both cases, the infinity symbol will appear wherever you place your cursor.

Enhance an infinity symbol by adding additional art to it. A snake biting its own tail is a medieval symbol similar to the infinity symbol. As with the infinity symbol, the snake symbolises eternity. Draw an infinity symbol that incorporates a snake head and tail meeting at the centre of the symbol.

Explore the mystic knot, an ancient symbol for luck, prosperity and abundance. The mystic knot is a pattern of six interconnected infinity symbols. You can often find jewellery that incorporates the mystic knot to make attractive wearable art. You can make your own mystic knot out of metal, decorative thread or beads and create necklaces, bracelets or earrings.

Tip

Incorporate a variety of colours into a drawn infinity symbol. Colours can bleed into one another as they travel around the symbol. For example, red can give way to orange, which can then fade to yellow.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil or pen
  • Symbol codes for Mac and PC
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About the Author

Erika Sanders has been writing since 1997. She teaches writing at the Washington State Reformatory and edits the monthly newsletter for the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, a national nonprofit organization. She received her Master of Fine Arts in fiction from the Solstice Program at Pine Manor College in Boston.