How to Draw a Hexagon Without a Compass

Hexagons appear all around you. 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. If you don't have a compass you can draw a hexagon using a different method that requires graph paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Graph paper

  • Straightedge or ruler

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

Draw a dot two squares below both the first dot.

Step 6

Draw a dot two squares below both the second dot.

Step 7

Draw a dot two squares above the first dot.

Step 8

Draw a dot two squares above the second dot.

Step 9

Erase the first two dots.

Step 10

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

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