How to Build a Backyard Labyrinth the Easy Way


With the right plan and materials, a labyrinth becomes a do-it-yourself landscaping project. A labyrinth is a type of maze without dead ends but that contains one winding path that leads to the center. When placed in a backyard or other open space, it often becomes a life-size puzzle for your visual and physical enjoyment or, for some, a spiritual place of peace. Some labyrinths are created from shrubs and require a lengthy growing period and maintenance. An easy labyrinth, however, may be created from rocks, bricks or blocks, and put together in a short period of time.

Things You'll Need

  • Pattern
  • Measuring tape
  • Stakes
  • Rope
  • Rocks, bricks or blocks
  • Measure the available area for the labyrinth. The available space directly relates to the pattern used for and complexity of the labyrinth.

  • Select or design a pattern for the labyrinth. The pattern needs both a center and an opening. The curves creating the shape of the labyrinth should be 180 degrees and should be composed of one path that winds back and forth around the circle, leading from the outside entrance to the center.

  • Mark out the labyrinth pattern in the available space using stakes. Set the stakes along the sides of the paths to outline them. Begin in the labyrinth's center with a circle of stakes and work outward according to the pattern. Place stakes approximately 2 feet apart.

  • Wind rope around the stakes to line each path laid out, thus making the pattern visible. This rope gives a visual as to where to place the permanent labyrinth material.

  • Arrange rocks, stones or bricks along the path layouts to create the labyrinth. Place the materials side-by-side under the line of ropes to form the paths and turns. The height of the rocks or stacks of blocks and bricks is solely up to you, although the style of the rocks, bricks, stones or blocks should complement the surroundings. For a natural appearance, for example, you might use native rocks, while for a manicured area, uniform bricks may be more suited for the project.

  • Remove the ropes and stakes and enjoy your new labyrinth.

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