The very essence of a labyrinth is its complexity. Even though it is unicursal (having a single path with no intersections), its convoluted appearance can be daunting when it comes time to make one.Robert Ferre demonstrating how to make a masking tape Chartres labyrinth.

These instructions are oriented toward making temporary labyrinths out of masking tape, but the principles can be generalized and applied to other media, such as stones or paint on the ground.

Permanent labyrinth considerations

Making the Chartres pattern

Making the classical 7-circuit pattern

Anyone who has crawled around on the floor for hours, making a masking tape labyrinth, will appreciate the fact that there are machines available which allow the person using it to stand up. I found the machines rather expensive, so I invented an inexpensive way to make my own. See: tape machine.