Cycle diagrams Banner

Free Online Cycle Diagram Maker

Create a cycle diagram to show how one event, process, or cycle flows to another using Canva’s online diagram maker and whiteboard tools.
Playa Bowls
Painting with a Twist
Realty Austin
City of Los Angeles

Create a cycle diagram online

Cycle diagrams are used for all sorts of processes and series of events. You can use one to show the flow of money in an economy, the way resources move through a production process, or the life cycle of an idea. The key to a cycle diagram is that there is no beginning or end, one step follows another repeatedly.

More than 20 professional types of graphs to choose from

Professionally designed templates to fast-track your workflow

Data visualization made easy – no complicated software to learn

Publish, share, or download your high-resolution graph

Embed your cycle diagram in presentations, reports, and more with no fuss

Easy drag-and-drop tools, made with the non-designer in mind

How to create a cycle diagram

How to create a cycle diagram
Create a cycle diagram(opens in a new tab or window)

Open Canva on your desktop or mobile and search for “Cycle Diagram” to start a whiteboard design.

Choose a professionally designed, pre-made cycle diagram template. Or, begin with a blank slate.

Fill out each section of the cycle diagram with the corresponding phase or step of a cyclical process. Add shapes or placeholders as needed. Label each section, add definitions or explanations.

Customize your cycle diagram using built-in diagramming and whiteboard tools on Canva. Add whiteboard graphics, arrows, line connectors, images, and videos to visualize your ideas.

Share a design link to collaborate with your team. Let them apply changes, leave comments and emojis, or sticky notes. Download it, present directly, or embed in Docs and other designs.
Create a cycle diagram(opens in a new tab or window)

What is a cycle diagram?

A cycle diagram (sometimes called a cycle chart) is a visual representation of a repeating process or continuous flow state. It is usually represented with a circular graph. You can use a cycle diagram to showcase a series of events or steps that occurs chronologically and are repeated over time, where the beginning and end blend into each other.

Why use cycle diagrams?

Cycle Diagrams design

Different industries use cycle diagrams differently. For example, in education, teachers use cycle diagrams to explain scientific processes like the water cycle and Kreb’s cycle. In business management, leadership teams may use cycle diagrams to showcase a new strategy and decision-making policies.

Visualize cyclical processes with ease

Visualize your Cycle diagrams using Draw

Express your ideas with cycle diagrams easily using Canva’s built-in drawing and whiteboard tools and professionally designed templates. Use Draw(opens in a new tab or window), our freehand drawing app, to set the grounds for your cycle diagram. Add shapes, lines, arrows, line connectors to match your chart’s purpose. Complete your cycle chart with text, colors, and graphics to clearly show how one step flows to the next.

All the cycle diagram maker features you need

Drag and drop elements in Cycle diagrams

Content is at your fingertips when you use our free cycle diagram maker(opens in a new tab or window). Access our entire content library of graphics, fonts, backgrounds, layouts, colors, and more to realize your cycle chart vision. You can even illustrate a step within your process using images, GIFs, videos, or turn a prompt to an image using our Text to Image(opens in a new tab or window) app.

Collaboration and inspiration anytime, anywhere

Collaborate by adding comments and using the timer

Work wherever inspiration strikes. Access Canva from any device. Our cycle diagram maker shows colorful, real-time mouse cursors, letting you know what a collaborator is doing and where they are on the design. Level up your collabs using the timer, add emoji reactions and tags, or leave comments. Workshop ideas and present the final cycle diagram straight from the dashboard.

More space for flow and continuity

Expand your Cycle diagram illustration to whiteboard

Cycle diagrams are all about movement. They illustrate how stages move from one to the next. Let your canvas flow infinitely by expanding it to a whiteboard. With our unlimited design canvas, automatic connectors, and Shape Assist, you can create, brainstorm, and iterate with ease and confidence—giving you the freedom to unleash all your ideas.

Quotation mark
“When it came to design reports, Canva had a wide variety of simple easy to use templates that allowed me to easily plug in my graphs and information, and helped me to focus on the actual content instead of spending hours and hours on design.”

Assem A

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s best to use a cycle diagram for the following scenarios or use cases:
  • To illustrate a series of steps or sequences that keeps on repeating.
  • To explain each phase or step in a cyclical process.
  • To further define and explain the sub-steps in each phase or sequence.

    A cycle diagram is a visual representation of any repeating process or continuous flow state. In the same vein, a lifecycle diagram is a sub-type of a cycle diagram. Life cycle diagrams just focus on the sequence of growth of different organisms, typically the cycle from being an embryo to adulthood.

    You won’t need to download Canva to start designing. Simply head on over to, create an account, and log in. If you want to design on the go, download our free iPhone, iPad, or Android apps from the App Store or Google Play.

    From time to time, you might need to update a text or step in your cycle diagram. With Canva, you can edit and save your designs as many times as you like. Every time you create a new cycle, it will appear in the "My Designs" section of your Canva homepage.

    Once you're finished designing your cycle diagram, you can share your design straight from Canva or download it for printing. To share your design, click on the Share button, then choose whether to email your design to specific people, post your finished design via social media, or even embed it on your blog or website. To download your design, click on the Download button, then choose the file type (JPEG, PNG, PDF - Standard, or PDF - Print).

    Related Charts and Graphs

    Cycle Diagrams Footer Banner

    Visualize your processes with cycle diagrams