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Make a Game of Thrones Diorama
- Castle Black and the Wall -

This is a tutorial on how to make a fun little Game of Thrones Diorama. It depicts a scene of Castle Black and the Wall. Of course it is a winter scene. And it has an elevator that goes up and down. The elevator is an optional little addition to this project.

I have a video tutorial on this project at the bottom of the page.


Game of Thrones diorama completed


Things you will need to make this project:

  • 1 large sheet of foam ( I used foamular which is a product you can buy in any home improvement store like home depot or Lowes (2 inch thick) You can use sheets of common craft foam you can buy in Arts and Crafts stores, Michaels, AC Moore etc. Florist foam will work too.
  • Plaster Cloth (You can use paper mache)
  • Various paints such as brown, black gray, white
  • To make the wall ( We used melted candle wax and this is optional )
  • The trees: some thin wire and some kind of fluffy material like Chenille or felt ( I have a complete tutorial on how to make the trees, including a video right here: How to make miniature trees )
  • The snow: We use purchased snow from Woodland Scenics ( Soft Flake Snow Shaker, 57.7 in3 ) But you can make your own snow. I have a tutorial on that right here.
  • The dirt path in the diorama is also woodland scenics terrain texture much like the snow except brown.
  • The elevator is a mish mash of various things including balsa wood, skewer sticks, toothpicks, string and a small motor and switch.
  • The tiny buildings are mostly bits of foam with some additional wooden bits of balsa wood and toothpicks.

Overview of How to make a diorama like this and the steps involved

  1. We start with research and drawings
  2. We make some rough parts so we can get a feel for the layout and the size/scale of things
  3. Make the buildings
  4. Create the landscape and the various parts
  5. Put it all together
  6. Add the elevator and animation
  7. Finish it off with the detail overall detail work

Okay! Let's Get started!

The first thing we do as with just about every project is make some sketches. We actually did some research to figure out how many buildings there were, what shape they are and how they are placed. There is a bit of guesswork with this but that is part of the fun. Castle black is pretty fluid and we have a bit of artistic license we can take with it.


drawing of the diorama layout

We also did some overhead view drawings of the diorama as a whole. This gave us some guidelines for how the diorama would be laid out.

Overhead drawing view

The Buildings: ( In this tutorial I will cover how to make these) The trick to making these look great is all in the painting.

The buildings

There are towers and keeps in Castle Black

  • The Lord Commanders Tower
  • The Kings Tower
  • Hardin's Tower
  • The Lance Tower
  • The Tower of the guards
  • The Silent Tower


  • The Common Hall
  • The Rookery
  • The Armory
  • The Flint Barracks
  • The Vaults (Underground/not in the diorama)


  • The Shield Hall

NextOkay That is a summary of the building of the diorama. Let's get to building it!



You can watch the video tutorial here:


Make a Little Hobbit Diorama

This is a neat little hobbit diorama that you can make with just a piece of foam. This is Bag End. You can improvise all kinds of terrain features for this. Make a Hobbit Diorama




Soft Flake Snow Shaker, 57.7 in3


Fine Turf Bag, Green Grass/18 cu. in.

This bag is green turf for grass but they make all different colors including the brown we used for the path and the area around the castle grounds.



Will's Book on Diorama Making

Will's Book

How to Make Fantasy and Medieval Dioramas

This books shows you how to make fantasy and medieval dioramas using many commonly available tools and materials. There are over 100 pictures and illustrations showing you how to make great dioramas in fantasy and medieval styles. Chapters include basics, water effects, terrain tips and special effects like electricity and small motors. Tutorials include how to use foam, plaster of paris and paper mache to make great looking dioramas.


A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition

King Robert Baratheon is dead, and the lands of Westeros brace for battle. Can you claim the Iron Throne? Designed for ages 14 and up, A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition is a classic game of warfare, diplomacy, and intrigue for three to six players. Taking control of the well-known characters from George R.R. Martin's beloved fantasy series, players must fight for dominance of the realm. Will you take power through force, coerce your way onto the throne with persuasive speeches, or rally the townsfolk to your side? With opportunities for strategic planning, masterful diplomacy, and clever card play, this game gives you a host of ways to spread your influence over Westeros.