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How to Draw a Hexagon with Only a Ruler

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If you’re not lucky enough to have a stencil, first you might want to check out this awesome stencil set on Amazon. Second, here’s a quick rundown of how to draw a hexagon with only a ruler. Now you could potentially do this without a ruler, if you’re one of those crazies who can draw a straight line without one. For the best-looking hexagon though, you’re going to want to make sure that your lines are equal length and straight.


Step 1: Sketch Guidelines

Pencil guidelines for a hexagon that include a plus and a thing x

I nearly always sketch in pencil first. It gives me a lot more wiggle room for all the mistakes I’m bound to make in the planning stage. Lightly draw a 1-inch horizontal line, then cross the line in the middle with another 1-inch line. Next, create an x shape with two more 1-inch lines. For this x, you want it to be rather thin, if you are aiming for a symmetrical shape. This is a little hard to judge at first and does take a little bit of practice and eyeballing to get. In my example photos, only one set of guidelines was pixel perfect, but in the end, you can’t really tell. So just get it close!

NOTE: If you want a bigger hexagon, increase the length of these lines, but make sure that they are all the same length. This will ensure you have a (relatively) perfect hexagon. With a 1-inch guideline, your hexagon’s sides should be about half an inch long.

Step 2: Outline Hexagon in Pencil

Hexagon drawn with pencil using an asterisk like set of guidelines.If your plan is to do something like my bees and honeycomb spread, and you’re looking to color it in, you’re going to want to outline your shape in pencil first, color the shape in and THEN outline it, to prevent smearing your outline. In this step, you are going to ignore the vertical line completely. Instead, you want to connect the endpoints of your x and the horizontal line. You should notice that these lines are all equal length. If they aren’t, you may need to adjust your guidelines. For this hexagon, we’re going for symmetry. A hexagon that’s symmetric will have equal length sides.

Step 3: Add Color

Hexagon that was outlined in pencil is now colored in with orange and yellow marker

Erase the plus and x guidelines of your hexagon as best you can (you’ll erase it a little better at the end!). Go ahead and color your hexagon as you’d like. I used both orange and yellow Tombow brush pens to create a gradient, honeycomb effect. Coloring your shape in first prevents your outline from smearing later.

Step 4: Outline Hexagon in Pen

Colored hexagon is outlined in black pen

Finally, using your ruler, outline your shape with the black pen of your choice. Et voila! You’ve drawn your first hexagon. No stencils or hard math required!

It is a tad bit time consuming to do things this way if you want something like my bee and honeycomb April layout. But if you’re just looking for a few hexagons on the border of your page or for dates, it’s really not as hard as it seems! Like I mentioned earlier, you can also just purchase a stencil, which did save me time. This set has a lot of options and is one of my go-tos.

How’d It Go?

Any tips you think I could add to this? Want to share how your hexagon turned out? Leave me a comment below or message me on social media with your pictures!

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