How to Draw an Ellipse

Things You'll Need

  • Compass
  • Tacks
  • Cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • String

How to Draw an Ellipse. Using a couple of tacks, a string, a pencil and some practice you can draw large and small ellipses. Follow the instructions below to draw an ellipse.


  • Make sure that your cardboard is a little bigger than the piece of paper you will be drawing on. It may take a little practice to get the ellipse right. Don't get discouraged. Keep trying if you don't get it the first time.


  • Don't use lightweight string when making the ellipse. Make sure the string won't break while you are drawing.

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