Introduction: Worlds Smallest Maze

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This is the smallest maze I've ever made, and you can make it on your computer almost entirely free (that is if you include buying windows, the computer, the printer with ink and paper!)!

Note:Only ink jet printers with at least 300 dpi work, 600 dpi works best!

other than the stuff listed above, you'll need to download some image editor.
I posted a freebie! If you already have one, you can use it instead.

click here for the editor

The pic below has stretched!

Step 1: Calculate the Size

First, how many cells by how many cells do you want it?
For example 17x22.
Multiply the x and the y by 2 to get 34x44.
Add 1 to the x and the y to 35x45.
This is your size in pixels.

Step 2: Make the Image

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Open Microsoft Paint.
Make an image with pixel dementions you calculated in the last step. Make sure you set the image to black and white in Paint.
Press the zoom tool and click on the little white line on the box.
This zooms in more than 8x.
Take the line tool with black as the color.
Draw lines to make a grid.

Step 3: Make the Maze Step 1

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switch to white, still using the line tool, to draw the answer path.this will cover up some of the black pixels to make a path

Step 4: Draw the Maze Step 2

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use the same method to draw dead ends.
you may draw dead ends off of dead ends as well!
save to bitmap format and close paint.

Step 5: Format for Printing Step 1

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open the editor (the freebie, or the other...maybe photoshop).
in my case, the freebie.
open the maze in it, and do the following:
change the resolution to 300, keeping the size in pixels the same.
change the mode to greyscale.
save and print to you ink jet printer.
you'll end up with something like below.

Step 6: Maze Drawing Tips

1) leave a gap in the outer walls for the start and finish.

2) draw the answer path first

3) dead ends only connect at one end.(no loops)

4) there are only one start and one finish.

5) the maze is solvable.(not imposible to get from A to B)


then (author)2009-04-19

if you want to make a really awesome maze go to

you can make mazes up to 999x999! (which is awesome)

mitch01 (author)then2014-04-27

I made an instructable about mazes =)

cl0ney (author)then2009-09-10
cl0ney (author)cl0ney2009-09-10

i take that back... here's 2000 by 2000px

davidprosser (author)cl0ney2010-03-18

nope :D mines bigger hehe:

then (author)davidprosser2011-07-08

lol, that would make a great thats what she said

but im not going to say it

casey321b (author)2008-09-09

im goiong to make the worlds bigest maze with the smallest pasages like this... the size of this make over and over again a billion times!!!!

rocksalt2342 (author)casey321b2008-11-30

yes, we'll all thank you for wasting so much paper and ink.

Arbitror (author)rocksalt23422008-12-20

Hes trying to break a record! Come on!

rocksalt2342 (author)Arbitror2008-12-21

well, at least keep it on your computer, don't print it.

No, I think he should print it. After all, it's his money...

so what? Its silly to cut down trees and burn plants for some stupid maze. he might as well just burn all of his money.

Kolovision (author)rocksalt23422009-02-18

trees are already cut down...

rocksalt2342 (author)Kolovision2009-02-18

...which would promote even more trees to fall to replace the ones that have turned into a paper maze.

wow, im sure hes goin to use SOOOOOO much paper isnt he............. he could use a thousand sheets an that would be one mabye two trees, an WHY AM I ARGUING OVER THE INTERNET, even better, WHY ARE YOU??!?!?!??!?!?!?

I agree, this is dumb. I think we should get over this.



hahahahah guys keep going please

bowmaster (author)saintshortckt2009-03-16

I am a butt and I smell like cheese. That was my free verse poem. FREE VERSE IS NOT POETRY!!!!!!!!

absolute zero (author)bowmaster2009-03-17


then (author)absolute zero2009-04-19

lol. free verse sorta can be poetry.

Klaus Baude 123 (author)then2009-05-30

Of course free verse is poetry. Look at Walt Whitman.

then (author)Klaus Baude 1232009-11-01


there thats poetry

mitch01 (author)then2014-04-27

Roses are dead,

Violets are shoe.

I'm not a poltergeist,

Blah something doo.

itsmanofpopsicle (author)then2010-06-23

I love over extended comments onto comments!

cl0ney (author)itsmanofpopsicle2012-07-27

Omg! Me too!!!!

mitch01 (author)rocksalt23422014-04-27

I agree - don't print it.

cl0ney (author)rocksalt23422009-09-10

most paper is recycled, these days. i read that paper is typically fully sustainable, but it's way cool that you're conscientious about it. -Thanks! (Also, for the author: on the maze graphic it's spelled "mase." just a heads up.)

101yummYYummy101 (author)2010-03-18

Nope i beat you... smallest maze ever right here: .
                                                                                        ^(its as hard as a 5000x5000 pixel maxe...)

Alpvax (author)101yummYYummy1012010-03-22

I finished it :P
lol, I wish

mbainrot (author)2010-03-18

Why not use a laser printer with DPI set to say. 1000?

Thats what I did for my exam notes once, size 6 print @ 1000DPI

MiiLikeU (author)2010-03-18

 Hi, I do think that I have the smallest (but it IS difficult, I did solved this one in 1 hour):
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Heh, just joking, Great!

garrett10 (author)2009-11-20

There is a smaller maze that I made.
if you want to see it, reply to this message.

lunchboxslayer27 (author)2008-06-06

grrrr i cant figure out how to change the resoulution in the freebie!! plz tell me!!!

jonnxt (author)lunchboxslayer272008-07-02

when you have it in ful-sceen mode(default), you have to move the mouse to the edge, a window pops up. go to the left edde and click on resize. the resolution should be in there.

lunchboxslayer27 (author)jonnxt2008-07-02

thx, lol. i made a huge 1, but i couldnt print it out lol

kreeningsons (author)2008-03-19

So you're sure this is the world's smallest huh.

Andrew546 (author)2008-03-17

Why the word document?

jonnxt (author)Andrew5462008-03-18

its one of my mazes repeated hundreds of times to print out more than one on one page. I may make an rtf file to go with it.

jonnxt (author)jonnxt2008-03-18

oops! rtf doesn't have a high enough res!

lnet (author)jonnxt2008-03-19

Hi! That's OK! Have you done any other mazes? If so, what type of mazes have you done? Can you post some of them?

Andrew546 (author)jonnxt2008-03-18

you wouldn't have to worry about the resolution if you actually put it in an image file, as opposed to a *text* file.

There is a reason for such things.

Andrew546 (author)jonnxt2008-03-18

I guess I need to be a little more blunt. I opened the doc and saw what it was... I'm wondering why the hell you put it in a word file to begin with. It just makes no sense. Word isn't the greatest thing ever for saving images. It also took forever to open. This would be much better suited to a B&W; .gif image... or any image format for that matter (Except .jpg - that would be even worse than a word doc.)

xtank5 (author)2008-03-17

Cool!! Look what I made!

xtank5 (author)xtank52008-03-17

Lookie Lookie, I did it again!!!!

jonnxt (author)xtank52008-03-18

I'm guessing the green and red is the start and finish. but there's some probs.the paths have loops, the start and end don't connect to the edge of the image, and the start and finish are to big.

jonnxt (author)jonnxt2008-03-18

oops! I ment "too"! there's no edit button!

jonnxt (author)2008-03-18

the real surprise is when you print it out at 300 res! don't forget to change the res in the editor!

gmjhowe (author)2008-03-18

Nice, simple, you cant beat paint really! must make a4 sized maze. would be impossible.

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