How to Make Mazes




About: i'm Asian 5'8" wear glasses I like baseball

i got really bored in my Social Studies class last year (8th grade)
so i took some graph paper, and started making some random lines, and somehow, a maze appeared!
some credit goes to Cait Wolters (if anyone knows her)

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Step 1: Stuff You Need

some nice, heavy graph paper
I used mead 4 quadrille graph paper
if you have thin paper, the colors may bleed through
markers, in many colors (if you're making lots)

Step 2: Start!

Start by making the boundaries for the maze
Usually, i work off a normal, rectangle shape because I can fit the max amount in it
Don't forget to add entry ways

Step 3: Continuing...

Now, just start putting random lines in.
When you're making this, make sure that even if you make a lot of "branches", one of them HAS to lead to the exit.
The trick is, the more branches, the harder.

Step 4: Maze Techniques: the Spiral

One of the traps you can make is the spiral, and it's relatively easy. Although easily avoided, it's entertaining the first few times someone gets stuck in them.
So, you start by making a box.

Then make the 2 lines as such.

Then 2 more.

Again, 2 more and you've finished a spiral.

Step 5: Maze Technique 2: the Stepcase

It looks like a stepcase, so that's what i'm calling it.
Start by making the zigzaggy line.

Then, make another zigzag line parallel to it (my geometry teacher would argue that it's antiparallel :P)

Here's where you can do whatever you want. Block it off, keep making stepcases, whatever.

Step 6: Finish

There are more techniques, but i'll do those later, maybe in an aonther instructable. Try not to do diagonal lines, it just complicates things.

In this picture, i'm partly done and the spiral and stepcase are clearly visible.

Step 7: Extras

This is my huge maze, and it uses 9 of the graph sheets. The line thing is a ruler. Then some close ups...

After, ther's a 4- and a 3-page maze.

Hope you had fun!

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    93 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Here's one


    5 years ago on Introduction

    i make mine a different way i draw the path in pencil and then erase line to make dead ends after about an hour it was really hard


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I made one like this, except it's more about the features/techniques/whatever.


    8 years ago on Step 7

    tried this using techsoft 2D design there are probably other computer programs like it and i find it makes it easier (especially for correcting mistakes)

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you, for making the ible that helped me find this site.  I should have said this long ago, but I forgot.  This was helpful, even though I don't make mazes anymore.


    Reply 11 years ago on Step 7

    oh what i meant was scan it or something and post it so i can try to finish the puzzle


    Reply 11 years ago on Step 7

    Well... I don't have a scanner at home... I'll see what I can do, either at my dad's office or at the library. I will try to do that this weekend and keep you posted.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    if you get the lighting right and the camera angleled right you can take pictures of each paper.