How to Make a Straw Bale Maze

A straw bale maze is a work of art meant to be solved. Construct your own family-friendly straw bale maze -- the perfect diversion for those fall evenings.

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You Will Need

  • Algorithm software
  • Land
  • Measuring tape
  • Spray paint
  • Hay bales
  • Volunteers
  • Tractor
  • Decorations
  • Maze-building company (optional)
  • Building codes (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Design your maze

    Consider the type of maze you want to construct. Depending on the complexity, computer software can provide algorithms needed to make your maze using GPS technology. Don't forget to take height into account.

  2. Professional maze-building companies can be hired to design and build a custom maze.

  3. Step 2

    Select the locale

    Pick a location for your maze, making sure you have enough acreage to fit the entire maze. Measure and mark the dimensions carefully with spray paint, according to your selected algorithms.

  4. Know which municipal codes your maze will have to meet. Fire and engineering officials may need to inspect and approve the structure.

  5. Step 3

    Get straw bales

    Solicit local farmers for bales of straw. Depending on the size of your maze, you'll need several hundred to over a thousand bales. You may be able to sell the bales once the event is finished.

  6. Step 4

    Gather your volunteers

    Work with local PTOs, churches, and school groups -- anyone affiliated with your organization -- to round up as many volunteers as you can.

  7. Step 5

    Start building

    Haul the bales to the maze location with a tractor. Follow the spray paint markers and build the maze to the desired height. Once completed, decorate the maze for a fun or spooky atmosphere.

  8. The Egyptian labyrinth is the first recorded maze in history, described by the Greek historian Herodotus in the fifth century BCE.

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