Mastering How to Draw a Hexagon & Pentagon

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Mastering How to Draw a Hexagon & Pentagon
Hexagons are six-sided polygons. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A polygon is a closed shape with straight sides, and a pentagon is a five-sided polygon, and hexagon is a six-sided polygon. When you draw either of these shapes, you need to keep each side straight and of equal length to all the other sides. To that end, using a ruler is tremendously helpful. Alternatively, you may use grid paper to help you keep straight, equal lines. However, a simple ruler can provide all the assistance you need.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

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  1. 1

    Draw a 1-inch horizontal line.

  2. 2

    Draw a 1-inch vertical line coming up from each end of the horizontal line.

  3. 3

    Measure 1/2 inch, the exact middle, of the horizontal line. Mark that spot lightly. Draw a vertical line up 2 inches from that spot. Mark lightly - this line is only a guide. You will erase it when the shape is complete.

  4. 4

    Draw a 1-inch diagonal line on each side of the shape. Begin the line at the end of the parallel, vertical lines on the sides of the shape. End the diagonal lines exactly on the vertical guide line.

  5. 5

    Erase the guide line.


  1. 1

    Draw two 3-inch vertical lines 1 inch apart, marking only lightly. These are only guide lines.

  2. 2

    Measure 1 1/2 inches down both lines. Mark the points lightly.

  3. 3

    Draw a 3-inch, horizontal guide line that connects the points. This, too, is only a guide line.

  4. 4

    Draw a horizontal line between the two vertical guide lines.

  5. 5

    Draw a 1-inch diagonal line down from each end point of the horizontal line. Both diagonal lines should end exactly on the horizontal guide line.

  6. 6

    Draw a 1-inch diagonal line from the endpoints of the previous diagonal lines down and inward to end on the vertical guidelines.

  7. 7

    Connect the two end points of the diagonal lines with a horizontal line.

  8. 8

    Erase the guide lines.

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