This year, HomElectrical is doing a 13-day Halloween project initiative and we want to give our loyal readers a creative and affordable craft they can make with their families to get into the Halloween spirit. These crafts will be cool ways to decorate inside or outside and they all will strive to be very affordable.
Day 1: Cardboard Maze!
Today, the craft idea we have is a really inexpensive and really fun for visiting trick or treaters. It is…. A Cardboard Maze! These are really easy to put together and kids of all ages (and parents) can have a blast crawling through a cardboard maze.
What You Need
A lot of Cardboard
Cardboard can be expensive if you purchase it from moving stores or shipping companies but one way to save a lot of money is to go to local businesses and stores (especially if you have any stores that sell appliances like refrigerators or stoves) and ask the managers if you can take any boxes they plan on throwing away. Most of the time they are either thrown away or placed in a recycling container, so why reuse them for some Halloween fun before they are recycled?
While it goes without saying that big boxes are important for the maze structure, smaller boxes can also turn a good cardboard maze into a great cardboard maze. Smaller boxes can be used to fill in gaps between two larger boxes as well as provide maze explorers to receive treats (or tricks). These cubbies can also store glow sticks and maps to the exit. Try to use boxes of all sizes when you build your cardboard maze!
Duct tape is an invaluable tool for several DIY projects, but it will help keep your maze together while friends and neighbors go through again and again. Duct tape can also close spots where light comes through to keep your cardboard maze super dark. Duct tape will help when adding a new wing or attachment onto an original design.
Cardboard mazes are made to be fun but it isn’t too much of a stretch to say that some of the littler children might get scared while exploring a cardboard maze. They can get quite dark and if the number of kids isn’t well maintained, the maze can feel a little claustrophobic. One way to help this and keep everyone in good spirits is by including plenty of glow sticks. They can be scattered throughout the maze or hidden in well-placed cubbies in walls and ceilings.
The most disappointing thing about a cardboard maze is a maze that is stale and boring. Sure, it is fun to crawl through dark passageways, but it could be way more fun with twists and turns, candy-filled cubbies, passageways that dead-end, and multiple ways to the exit. Make your cardboard maze unique and interesting. The kids will appreciate it!
Step One: Prepare Your Cardboard
The first thing you need to do when building a cardboard maze is open up your cardboard boxes so that they create a tunnel and tape the folds so that the shape holds.
Step Two: Tape your Tunnels
Take the tunnels you have created and tape them together to create longer passageways for people to crawl through.
Also mix it up! Make sure you are adding turns or dead ends to add to the fun.
Step Three: Get Creative
Once the maze is put together, you can really get in the spirit by lighting the passageways with glow sticks or string lights. Some mazes even have treats hidden inside!