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Spring season begins May 27
Maze opens July 1
Draw Your Own Cretan Labyrinth
The Cretan labyrinth design has been around for thousands and thousands of years. The ancient Greeks used to draw the seven-course unicursal design in jars, on walls and even used it on their early coins. It’s so simple that even YOU can draw your own Cretan labyrinth! Just follow these 9 easy steps. I used graph paper to help make the lines nice and even, but you can draw the labyrinth anywhere!
Step 1. This is the basic shape that starts a Cretan labyrinth. I drew it in blue so that you can see how the design forms around it.
Step 2. The red arrows show what is new in each step.
Step 3. The curves start out small, but gradually grow bigger as you get farther away from the center.
Step 4. Slowly, you’ll begin to curve around the right side of the labyrinth.
Step 5. Here’s where it starts to get tricky. Try to keep the paths nice and even as you curve around the labyrinth.
Step 6. The bigger arcs are difficult to keep even, so draw carefully!
Step 7. Getting closer!
Step 8. You’ll notice that you’re now starting at the bottom left corner and curving all the way around to the bottom right corner.
Step 9. Last one!
Here’s what the final Cretan labyrinth looks like!
What you’ve just drawn are the “walls” of the maze. You can use a different colored pencil or pen to trace the route of the design, by starting in the bottom left (see the red arrow). Remember, it’s a unicursal design, which means there’s only one way to the center!
We don’t currently have any Cretan labyrinths at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, though you may remember the Teddy Bear Maze from our early years. This was a labyrinth in the shape of a teddy bear’s face, with the walls created out of thousands of beautiful flowers and some corn stalks too!
Many people enjoy drawing the simple Cretan design and following the paths as a way to calm down or meditate. But many people just enjoy drawing it for fun!