This works. And surprisingly well. I used an old pair of electric clippers, and though the blades were pretty much toast when I was done, they weren’t new to begin with, and they only cost $10 to replace. The actual cutting went pretty quickly. The tedious part was transferring the maze plan to the carpet. I used a grid made from painter’s masking tape, which peels off easily afterwards. Even so, this project went faster and better than I expected, and this is a relatively large rug at 3×6 feet. A smaller one would be cake. And of course the design could be anything; I just chose a right-angled maze because it was relatively simple to lay out.

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Anonymous

    So sweet!

  • Tru Shallow

    This is totally cool! I like it!

  • Tru Shallow

    This is totally cool! I like it!

  • Anonymous

    Very creative!  now do the entire living-room carpet and give the kids some little cars. hours of distracted sprogs.  well, until… “Joshua drove straight through a wall! that’s cheating!!!”

    • http://erroraccessdenied.com M. “Shadyman” Lange

      Banned for wallhax! ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552488144 Jennifer Likeaboss Copeland

    Awesome idea :D I want to go make one!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552488144 Jennifer Likeaboss Copeland

    Awesome idea :D I want to go make one!

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    I absolutely love it. What a great idea!

  • http://mattrichardson.com/ Matt Richardson

    I absolutely love it. What a great idea!

  • http://profiles.google.com/sir.hikus David Benjamin

    The alt-text on that second image is hilarious – and a bit more risque than standard Make fare!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/tekromancr George Griffin

      Wow…

    • http://smragan.com Sean Michael Ragan

       Oh, um…yeah.  Heh.  Oops. 

      The Make: Projects platform randomizes image names–they don’t keep the same filenames that you uploaded them under.  But the blog doesn’t.  Gotta remember that next time I’m choosing images for the blog post…

  • Anonymous

    This is genius, Sean.

  • http://twitter.com/ssvenn Sverre Svenningsen

    The big question now is how to build a micromouse robot that’s able to navigate this maze reliably!

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