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How to Draw a Hexagon Without a Compass

Updated April 17, 2017

Hexagons appear all around us. They have a deceptively simple shape, which can prove difficult to draw accurately. The mathematician Euclid described a method of drawing a hexagon that required some mathematical calculation as well as a compass and a straightedge. This method, while accurate, does not work without a compass. You can draw a regular hexagon without the use of a compass in a few steps.

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  1. Draw a dot on the intersection of two lines on a sheet of graph paper.

  2. Draw a second dot two squares to the left of the first dot.

  3. Draw a dot one square to the right of the first dot.

  4. Draw a dot one square to the left of the second dot.

  5. Draw a dot two squares below both the first dot.

  6. Draw a dot two squares below both the second dot.

  7. Draw a dot two squares above the first dot.

  8. Draw a dot two squares above the second dot.

  9. Erase the first two dots.

  10. Starting with the leftmost dot, connect the dots in clockwise order using a straightedge.

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Things You'll Need

  • Graph paper
  • Straightedge or ruler

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