Tessellations are patterns of plane figures that fill in a given space with no overlaps or gaps. Many different geometric shapes can be used for a tessellation. Hexagons are an easy-to-cut-out shape that you can use to make tessellations on a board. Board games such as "Settlers of Catan" use hexagon boards or hexagonal grids. Whether you are making a homemade version of your favorite board game, preparing for a "Dungeons and Dragons" night, or designing your own game, you can make your own hexagon tiles for the board.
Items you will need
- 1/16" birch plywood
- Belt sander or sand paper
Generate your original hexagon using a computer and software. Pick the size you want to use for your hexagon board. If you are making a board game with hexagon tiles similar to "Settlers of Catan" you can make the tiles 3 inches to 4 inches across. The original "Settlers of Catan" game includes 19 tiles and the board fits on a small coffee table. Tiles for "Dungeons and Dragons" miniatures are about 2 inches across.
Print the hexagon.
Cut out the paper hexagon using scissors.
Saw your plywood into strips that are wide enough to fit the hexagon shape you have created.
Place the hexagon cutout at the left edge of one of the plywood strips. Draw the outline of the hexagon using a pencil.
Move the hexagon to the right and place it next to the previous outline. Draw the next outline.
Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you have drawn hexagons on the entire strip.
Cut out all of the hexagons with your saw.
Sand the hexagons to smooth out any rough edges or splinters.
Paint the hexagons with different colors.
Arrange the hexagons in a grid.
Tips & Warnings
- You can glue the hexagons together, if you want the board to always have the same color pattern.
- You can leave the hexagons separate and arrange the board differently every time you use it. In this case, the different colors can represent different things.
- You will need at least seven colors of paint if you do not want any hexagons of the same color to touch. This makes it easier to differentiate between the different hexagons.
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