How to Draw an Eight-Point Star

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How to Draw an Eight-Point Star
The first step to drawing a compass rose is drawing an eight-point star. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

The eight-point star does not appear as often as the five-point pentagram or the six-point Star of David. It is also a little more difficult to draw a perfect eight-point star than these two common examples. The eight-point star shows up commonly on maps as the compass indicating the cardinal directions. For map makers, knowing how to draw the eight-point figure in perfect symmetry is important. For non-map makers, the eight-point star can be a clever trick to show friends and family.

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Things you need

  • Compass
  • Protractor
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Paper

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  1. 1

    Open the compass to a radius of one inch, measuring with your protractor. Mark the centre of your paper with a dot. Place the sharp point in that dot, and rotate lightly drawing a perfect circle.

  2. 2

    Draw a vertical line directly through the centre of the circle, touching each edge. Draw a horizontal line exactly perpendicular to it, again through the centre.

  3. 3

    Draw two more lines through the centre to the outsides, exactly 45 degrees from the first two lines.

  4. 4

    Draw a dot in pen where each line meets the edge of the circle. Erase the pencil marks.

  5. 5

    Use the protractor as a straight edge and connect the dots. Connect the top dot to the third dot, moving clockwise. Skip two more dots clockwise and connect from the third dot. Continue connecting dots, skipping two clockwise each time until you have connected the line to the top dot.

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