14 DIY Mazes and Crafty Labyrinths

finger maze fidget

I’ve been high-key obsessed with mazes and labyrinths lately. Make some with me!

Because what’s the point of a Special Interest if you can’t share it with everyone who will stand still long enough? Come walk a hedge labyrinth with me, then see if you can solve the maze that I drew on graph paper. If you haven’t made an excuse to leave by then, we’ll play some Tsuro, then we can take turns with my homemade marble maze!

These various types of mazes and labyrinths that I’ve included here are especially interesting to me because they have so many uses. You can use them as meditation tools, as fidgets or sensory toys, as logic puzzles, or just as decoration. Pop a finger maze fidget into a diaper bag for a kid to fiddle with on the go, or set a lovely clay finger labyrinth on the coffee table so guests have something to do with their hands. The possibilities are endless!

Here are the DIY mazes and labyrinths I’ve been especially obsessed with recently:

How to Draw a Labyrinth

how to draw a labyrinth image via schwiftySchwa
how to draw a labyrinth image via schwiftySchwa

Fun fact: a labyrinth has only one path from start to finish, while a maze has potential dead-ends, meaning you could travel many different paths as you make your way through it. Mazes are pretty easy to make up on the spot, but in order to complete many of the following projects, you need to already know how to draw a labyrinth. Here’s how!

Decoupaged Finger Labyrinth

finger labyrinth image via Heather Plett

This finger labyrinth can utilize a few different upcycled or recycled elements, from scrap string to old newspaper. The result, though, looks like something you’ve glazed and baked in a kiln. You can find images of historical labyrinths online, and I’m currently in the process of recreating several famous ones using this method.

Sewn Finger Maze Fidgets

finger mazes

These finger mazes make terrific fidgets, especially when you’re out and about, because unlike a lot of other fidgets out there–these are SILENT! For my niece’s fourth birthday, I sewed her a larger and a smaller version of this finger maze, and I included a children’s book of Greek myths that are illustrated using mazes. I really like themed presents!

Marble Maze Fidget Bracelet

fidget bracelet via de Jong Dream House

Need a sewn marble maze that’s even more portable? Make it into a bracelet! Just be warned that the fastener, whether it’s a snap or Velcro, is going to be another source of fidgeting.

CD Case Mazes

CD case mazes via BloesemKids

Even though my own kids barely know what a CD is anymore, I still have a few old CD cases kicking around. This is a fun way to upcycle them into workable maze toys. Hint: I also have a tutorial for making those wax-covered yarn bits, and my tutorial was so on the nose that I got a cease and desist email from the lawyer of a certain wax-covered yarn bit manufacturer…

Hedge Maze Rug

hedge maze rug via Make Magazine

This project is bonkers, but it is also very, very, VERY cool. Take an existing rug and trim it into a hedge maze!

Stone Path Labyrinth

stone path labyrinth image via Montessori By Hand

This natural labyrinth can be laid out with found items, or installed more permanently by using pavers or cinderblocks.

LEGO Marble Maze

LEGO maze via csupamoka2

Here’s an easy rainy day kid craft: challenge each other to make marble mazes out of your stash LEGOs!

Upcycled Cardboard Maze

upcycled cardboard maze via M&M Farm Life

Use this giant upcycled cardboard maze as a large-scale marble maze (a great way to encourage teamwork!), or send a toy like a Hexbug or Bee-Bot through it.

Air-Dry Clay Finger Labyrinth

air-dry clay finger labyrinth via Deer and Fawns

This air-dry clay finger labyrinth is a lot easier to make than it looks. To make it really special, embed natural elements like stones or shells, and paint it to be pretty!

Hand-Stitched Labyrinth

hand-stitched labyrinth via Feather Glen

The raised borders of this hand-stitched labyrinth are made from needle-felted wool roving, but you could also hand-stitch yarn or cording to make the paths, or simply embroider them.

Cardboard Box Marble Maze

cardboard box marble maze via Frugal Fun 4 Boys

Marble mazes build fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Craft this one easily from a cardboard box and popsicle sticks!

Wooden Wall Ball Maze

wall ball maze via The DIY Plan

Imagine a marble maze stood upright. Instead of tilting it to move the marble and avoid the pits, you have a couple of pulleys. That’s wall ball, and here’s how to build it!

DIY Tsuro

DIY Tsuro via Curtis Zone

Tsuro, a labyrinth-building board game, is one of my favorite family games. You can make your own version that’s even more fun than the store-bought one!

Do YOU have a favorite DIY maze or labyrinth? Tell us about it in the Comments!

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