Make your own labyrinth

July 12, 2012
Author: Hannah

Create some intrigue for your garden or school grounds by marking out a beautiful labyrinth with stones. Labyrinths are fun for kids and adults alike to explore, and offer a good opportunity to learn about their history.

Ideally, you’d make the labyrinth in a patch of short grass, marking it out with submerged, flat stones. But of course if you only have concrete, you can make a less permanent pattern and still have fun with it.

This labyrinth, like the one at the Eden Project, is a seven-circuit labyrinth, in which a single path loops around to make seven paths to the central goal.

Stone labyrinth in grass. Credit: mmahaffie

How to make a labyrinth

A 5-step diagram to drawing a labyrinthTry drawing this pattern on paper before you actually lay the stones out on the grass.

  1. Draw a right-angled cross with arms of equal length.
  2. Draw four right angle shapes that nestle into the initial cross’s right angles.
  3. Mark a dot at each outside corner.
  4.  To draw the curved paths, start at the top of the cross and draw a curved line that joins it to the next available line or dot.
  5. Repeat this step until you have created the whole labyrinth.

Use a long rope, or a garden hose softened in teh sun, to mark out on the grass the pattern where the stones should be placed.

About labyrinths

  • The labyrinth is an ancient symbol found worldwide. It has been depicted on coins as early as the fifth century BC.
  • To sailors it was a good-luck token, ensuring safe return. It also provided protection against wandering spirits, who allegedly got lost in the curves.
  • In the medieval times it stood for a model of the cosmos with seven heavenly bodies circling the Earth.
  • It has also provided a focus for meditation because, unlike mazes, which are designed to confuse, labyrinths lead you on a journey to the centre and back again.

The labyrinth at the Eden Project

Visit the labyrinth at Eden, found in our hidden Myth and Folklore area. Here’s a short video about it.

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  1. Andrea Arengo-Jones says:

    Just what we needed. We want to create a labyrinth in our community garden using paving and herbs. now I know how to do it. Thank you!

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