How to Make an Outdoor Maze

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How to Make an Outdoor Maze
For a high-walled maze, use hedges, stacked hay bales or garbage bags stretched across a frame of PVC pipes. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

An outdoor maze can be a great party activity or a lasting feature of your house or farm. Both building and navigating outdoor mazes can provide a satisfying intellectual and physical challenge. Choose a material for your maze ahead of time based on your budget and how permanent you want the maze to be. For a long-term investment, you can plant a hedge maze or plough a corn maze, while a more temporary maze could be made out of hay bales, masking tape on the grass or even lines in a stretch of sand.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Graph paper
  • Masking tape or chalk
  • Materials for maze walls, such as hay bales

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Plan the maze out on paper before you start constructing it. A simple way to create a maze is to use graph paper, mark out the outer boundaries and start and end points, then simply start drawing one-unit lines at random until the maze looks dense and complex enough. Erase the lines blocking a single path from entrance to exit, block off any short cuts, and open out sections that are entirely closed off.

  2. 2

    Clear the area in which you intend to build the maze. Using your pattern as a guide, create an outline of the maze on the ground in chalk or masking tape, depending on the surface.

  3. 3

    Build the maze walls out of the materials of your choice. For a longer-lasting maze, you can plant young hedges or carefully pile hay bales. For a more temporary maze, use cardboard boxes or garbage bags taped across a wooden, plastic or PVC frame.

Tips and warnings

  • Check your local chamber of commerce to see whether you need a permit to build an outdoor maze.
  • If you are planning to let lots of people go through your maze, consider buying liability insurance, especially if you plan to charge entry. To reduce liability and make sure no one stays lost in the maze, have people sign a disclaimer as they enter and mark them off a list as they exit.

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