Hexagonal Graph Paper Template

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Bees aren’t the only ones that make use of hexagons, as they build their honeycombs.We offer a graph template composed of consequent hexagons (6-sided polygons), which are useful for creating designs, coordinate systems, games, and more.

Template Contents

Here is a list of worksheets included in this template.


A graph paper composed of consequent (flat topped) hexagon shapes in portrait orientation.


A graph paper composed of consequent (flat topped) hexagon shapes in landscape orientation.

Using The Template

Personalize and Print

Add a personal touch! Each worksheet has a built-in header. Use the header to include information, such as name, title, and date.

Hexagonal Graph Template Personalize

If you prefer to draw by hand, just hit print - each tab is configured to print in its appropriate orientation type.

Writing Organic Chemistry

Hexagonal graph paper can be useful for students and scientists for tasks, such as writing out chemical compounds and other scientific concepts.

Hexagonal Graph Template Chemistry

Image credit: Encyclopedia Britannica

Working in Hexcel

Build a Hexagonal Coordinate Grid

For purposes unknown to us (or maybe to create games) you can use the hexagonal graph template in Excel to create a coordinate grid, which is an alternative to the traditional square lattice mapping system.

To do this, simply enter the appropriate numbers (separated by a comma) into the hexagonal graph paper provided in the Excel template to create a coordinate grid.

Hexagonal Graph Template Coordinate

To dive deeper into hexagonal coordinates and how hexagonal grids are used to develop games - Red Blob Games does a nice job of providing further explanation.

Create Tessellations and Designs

Hexagonal graph paper is great for creativity. Use the hexagon grid to create beautiful tessellations, such as floral artwork.

Hexagonal Graph Template Tessellations

The best option for creating this type of tessellation in Excel is to insert hexagon shapes and fit them to the grid. This is because the hexagonal graph paper template is designed with lines, but the actual Excel cell remains 4-sided, which means that using the “Color Fill” tool would not do a good job of filling in a hexagon shape (example below).

Hexagonal Graph Template Fill Color

To insert a hexagon shape - go to the “Insert” menu, select “Illustrations”, the “shapes”, and find the hexagon under “Basic Shapes”.

Hexagonal Graph Template Shapes

Once the shape is inserted, format the shape to fit the grid by dragging the edges of the shape to shrink or enlarge it. Finally, format the colors and lines to fit your design. The Format menu can be accessed by right-clicking on the shape.

Hexagonal Graph Template Format Shape



Modify Grid Scale

Our Hexagonal graph template contains hexagons that are roughly 0.4” x 0.4”. But let’s say you find this scale a bit small and you’d like to triple the current scale. Here’s how - take the column width and row width and multiply by 3.

Highlight all columns and right-click on any column. Select “Column Width” to enter a new column width. Repeat for all rows.

Hexagonal Graph Template Scale

Hexagonal Graph Template Width

Hexagonal Graph Template Height

Modify Grid Units

Want to draw to scale using the metric system, instead of the imperial system? You can modify the units originally displayed in this grid template by switching from inches to centimeters (or to millimeters). To do this – go to the “File” menu and select “Options”. Next, select “Advanced” and scroll down to the “Display” settings. Finally, select the appropriate unit (e.g. Centimeters) from the “Ruler Units” dropdown menu. This will now allow you to modify grid scale in the newly selected unit of measure. To do modify scale, see above section “Modify Grid Scale”.

Example. Excel Options, Advanced menu to switch grid units.

Hexagonal Graph Template Units

Add Some Color

Background graph paper color can be jazzed up just the way you like it. To modify graph paper background, select the area and use the “Fill Color” option, under the “Home” menu to charge the color of the grid.

Note: We recommend changing the grid paper background first; to avoid redoing any existing drawings, which may include other colors.

Hexagonal Graph Template Colors

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