Mazes have been a fun way to pass the time for as long as we have documented human history. Over 5,000 years ago, mazes were even carved into the walls of tombs. For the last 400 years, we’ve been incorporated mazes into gardens, fields, and other natural structures.
If you have access to a corn field, then you can participate in the Autumn tradition of creating a corn maze. Large mazes tend to get the most attention for a community. Even a small maze, however, will be a lot of fun for your family and friends.
You’ll need some graph paper to plot out your maze. Then you’ll need to plant a field to build the maze.
If you don’t like the idea of a corn maze, sunflowers, wildflowers, or even hay bales can be used. There is also the option of planting hedges to form a maze over time, though this option takes several years for it to become usable and fun.
Designing Your Corn Maze
A good maze considers several factors, including your targeted age group, the size of the field, and what your cutting method will be. Once you’ve plotted out what you want the maze to look like, you’ll be ready to cut.
To properly grid your maze, you’ll want some graph paper. Then you’ll need to know what the dimensions of your field are. That will allow you to calculate how much distance is represented in each grid, which you can then translate to your field when cutting.
You can also find pre-designed corn mazes online if you don’t like the idea of trying to create one on your own.
Then you get to sit back to watch your maze begin to grow. Because these mazes are composed of living structures, this type of project becomes a fun learning experience for everyone in the family. As the corn begins to grow, you’ll find the roots will establish some firm ground that will help you begin the next steps of maze creation.
Cutting Your Corn Maze
Once the maze design is finished, you’ll be ready to carve out the maze from your corn field. Although you can hire professionals to cut the maze for you, the cost may be several thousand dollars. That’s why many families cut down their mazes on their own.
You can choose to create the maze after the corn has tassels, though it is easier to stake it out while the corn is still knee high.
Once it has been cut, you’re ready to prepare the maze for adventure. That means finding some games to play, making sure the ground is safe to walk along, and plotting out potential shortcuts that someone might try to use to solve the maze without going through it.
Building a maze does take a lot of work. Most require at least a full growing season to produce results. Some gardens may require a few years to fully mature. As a fun family project, however, you may not find a better option to try.