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# How do I make an octagon shape?

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### Quick Answer

An octagon is a shape most people can recognize right away; it has eight equal length sides and eight equal angles. You need a ruler, a protractor, a pencil and a piece of paper to construct an octagon.

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1. ### Designate a starting point

The first step in constructing an octagon is drawing a straight line on the paper. This is the construction line.

2. ### Find the angles

An octagon is made up of eight equal angles. The total of all of the angles is 360 degrees. Therefore, each angle is 1/8 of 360 degrees, or 45 degrees.

3. ### Draw the sides

Beginning with the construction line, draw the first of the vertices. Using the protractor, measure a 45-degree angle. Using the ruler, determine the length of the side. Repeat these steps until all eight sides are completed.

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