~Here Comes Trouble~
Hexagon TemplatesHexagons are all the rage this season in the papercrafting industry. With the multiple angles and surfaces that these shapes offer, the potential for layering is endless. The greatest difficulty with using hexagons is the template. If you have a die cutting system your problems are easily solved. Don't read any further, this won't interest you! If you don't happen to have such a system or the correct die you may continue.
Because each printer is set up a bit differently I was unable to find a template that would work as a simple copy and paste for everyone. However, a quick internet image search should reveal printable hexagon templates. For copyright purposes I cannot repost the addresses here, but I found MANY choices online.
After downloading the target set your printer to a 5x7 image size and print a test copy. If the printed hexagon is approximately 5 inches in diameter (across) you are in business. Once you have your printer and pattern set to the right sizes print out four hexagon templates.
Trim the excess paper from one template and label this one "large."
Trim the excess paper from a second template. Using your paper trimmer, remove 1/4 inch of paper from each side of the hexagon. Label this template "medium."
Trim the excess paper from a third template. Using your paper trimmer remove 5/8 inch of paper from each side. Label this template "small."
Trim the excess paper from a fourth template. Using your paper trimmer remove 1.25 inches of paper from each side. Label this template "x-small."
To ensure that you will be able to use these templates repeatedly, trace them onto flexible, plastic cutting boards. After cutting them out label with the above sizes and measurements, and store with your other templates.