# How to make a hexaflexagon

This is another magic pocket study tool I teach my students how to make. It is what is called a trihexaflexagon, which means basically a hexagon you can turn inside out to reveal a total of 3 complete faces (or sides of the paper). They put notes on these things and keep them in their pockets to make use of those odd bits of otherwise wasted time during the day (watching commercials during Channel One, waiting for the Pledge of Allegiance, after you finish your classwork...). Find enough odd bits of time, and you are done studying before you ever even get home! Now go have fun!

This is my second instructable. Clearly the first one wasn't exciting enough to win me a T-shirt... (-;
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## Step 1: Materials

For this project, you need a sheet of paper, a ruler, a protractor, scissors, and glue.

## Step 2: Measure

Your paper needs to be trimmed down to 24 cm across. Then mark every 4 cm along the top edge of the paper. Really, you could make this any size you want, since you use the protractor to measure the right proportions. But I like a flexagon this size, and it's easy to count by 4s. So that's how we do it. It's not important though.

## Step 3: Find center line

Set your compass to measure between the markings (4 cm). Place the point of the compass on the first marking. Draw a short arc. Move the compass point to the next marking, and draw an arc which intersects the first one.

This seems a little obvious, since a flexigon is clearly a mathematical wonder. But I have to say it anyway. This is also an awesome lesson to use for math instruction. I try to cruise through the steps as fast as possible, so it actually gets used for MY intended purpose - as a pocket study tool. But it sure would be fun to really delve into the geometric principles behind it... But alas, I am not a math teacher. (-:
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PiyushM3 months ago

Guys just watch this video

deedee2398 months ago

yea it didn't say anything about a compass

Michael Pawlicki5 years ago
it didnt say anything about a compass in the materials
4 years ago
Dont listen to the dude who made this instructable he got mixed up or he's Brittash
9 months ago

good thing you can really make a point by spelling British right -_-

nerdnurture (author)  LiMiT-L3sS4 years ago
Why do my commenters always assume I'm a man?

*gasp*

Do I have man-hands???
4 years ago
sorri plz repli
nerdnurture (author)  LiMiT-L3sS4 years ago
No prob! (-:
4 years ago
sorry i always say that to anyone OK nerdnurture
nerdnurture (author)  Michael Pawlicki5 years ago
Hey, I've already confessed my compass crime.  But just in case you're holding it against me because you don't have a compass, you can make your own with a thumbtack, a strip of cardboard, and a pencil.  Maybe the subject of my next instructable, if I ever have time!
potato3259 months ago

on the internet no one knows your a potato

lcastro1212 months ago
cool
nbaze1 year ago
teachers like you are what makes school tolerable. things like this we're perfect wouldn't me when I was young cuz I was so energetic and could not sit still. I disrupted every single class I was in the teachers always said they loved me but they just couldn't stand to have me in their class cuz I would not sit still or shut up. the teachers I remember the most are ones that came up with projects like this for me because it kept me busy. keep up the good work your students will remember you.
Petra19991 year ago
Please answer to my question: How to glue this? (Step 7) "Glue the thing shut while folded horizontally." doesn't help. All triangles? I glued all triangles, but it doesn't work. (Or I really don't know how to "pull out from the center". I have a pink side and i pull out from the center and I have the same side!!! Please help me! ;( I'm very frustrated right now!! )
1 year ago
it means to fold it like this
____________a______________

____________b______________
a is the top of your paper and b is the bottom.
you fold from a to b to a and glue them together ( i hope that makes sense )
But, I can't really explain how to flip it... sorry :(
stud-work2 years ago
Thanks. Interesting.
freakyqwerty3 years ago
You should try some other variations and post ibles on how to make those!
sofialicky1234 years ago
mushroom12254 years ago
Im confused, did you take the pictures off, because there not on my computer
KDB9554 years ago
Would you guys pay attention!!!1!
He keeps telling you he's female.
ktpjfarrell4 years ago
This is the first comment I have made!

What you are using is a pair of compasses!  A compass will get you home but is not a lot of use for drawing circles - I should be a teacher.
4 years ago
I know, but I was reading through the comments and couldn't resist saying something - the basic point about how clever the flexagon actually is was buried which just made it funny - I mean you no harm!
nerdnurture (author)  ktpjfarrell4 years ago
Oh for crying out loud.  Again with the compass?

I have confessed my crime.

Yes, you should be a teacher.  Because that's all there is to it - just knowing the difference between a compass and a protractor.
w00t ._.4 years ago
Why can't we just make a dot below the mid point of the 4 cm dots, instead of making those crosses?
Salsa7665 years ago
omg i just finished an exam today on symbiosis!
mightywombat6 years ago
This is interesting, though I think probably more useful for elementary or high school study guides. I'm having a hard time seeing where I might use this for anything at the college level. Still, very cool flexagon!
5 years ago
be thankfull he put it on google
nerdnurture (author)  hellogeek5 years ago
he's a she.  (-;
5 years ago
I love when people do that, except in real life, I'd have to say, She's a he.
(I have long hair. I get mistaken for a girl sometimes)
5 years ago
this is instructables.
LuckazMARTINS5 years ago

Try  YOSHIMOTO CUBE

andygold5 years ago
I used to make hexa-hexa flexagons.  They had 6 separate faces,  numbered 1 through 6.  Normally all you get was faces 1 through 4 to show up in a row, but I figured out how to get them from 1 to 6 in order without having to go through any other faces.

I still have some of them tucked away in a drawer since I was a kid.  Don't know why i saved them, but I've had them for 40 years.
cojo5 years ago
BEASTIE
Mikey D5 years ago
Too cool!

We used to make these in Elemmentary school about a billion years ago.  We actually got up to a duo-decka-Hexa-flexagon (20 sides if I remember corerectly) but alas I have forgotton how to fold them.  We used adding machine paper and no guideline  but they worked fine.

I have brought this up in conversations many many times but no one seemed to know what I was talking about.  :-(.

Thank you for posting this!

Mikey
nerdnurture (author) 5 years ago
Because clearly I don't know the difference between a compass and a protractor. I should have called it a circle thingie.   I should be relieved of my duties.  (-;
Colne Fawkes5 years ago
why do you say protractor, but have a compass?
rymagiccraft1235 years ago
that is so hard !!!!!!