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Make a Mirrored Illusion Diorama

This is a peculiar little diorama that uses mirrors to fool the perspective of the viewer that looks inside. The outside of the box is one foot in size but when you look inside, the scene is two feet away.

I use a couple of mirrors and the scene I have is The Sword in the Stone.

You can do all kinds of interesting variations with this project. You are only limited by your imagination.

Okay, the tutorial is coming in a couple of hours!


Here are some pictures of the diorama. First the outside, then open so you can see the insides. And the third picture is a look through the peephole.

The outside

The Completed Diorama

A look inside the diorama

The open Diorama

A peek inside through the hole

Looking Inside the diorama



Using Foamboard

I made my own box for this project. But you don't have to. You can use just about any shape or size box. This is a piece of foamboard. I cut it so it could be folded into the shape of a box.


The box

And here is the box shape.


Okay let's take a look inside to see the set up. There are basically four things to think about before you add the terrain and scene details.

Side view of the diorama

First you can see the peephole on the left. Second you can see that I added a wall right down the center and length of the project. The treeas are attached to that. Third is the pair of mirrors on the right. They are at a 90 degree angle so the view is correct. The fourth thing to notice is the pair of slots cut in the box. These are on the lower left near the sword in the stone.

Then notice all the diorama and terrain details with the paint and the trees. The final scene is on the lower left. It is the sword in the stone. And it is important to note that it is secure upside down. This is becaues the mirrors reverse the view. This way it appears right side up when viewing through the peephole.

The mirrors


Here is one quick look at the mirror setup.


The sword in the stone

Here is a look at the sword in the stone at the end of the view. It is just a little bit of foam for the stone and two toothpicks for the sword. I added a little paint and some gold glitter.

You can do any kind of scene that you want to do.







Germans at Rest Diorama

Here is a another diorama made by Glen. He captures a moment in time where: Germans are at Rest


Pepper's Ghost Box diorama

Here's a fun project that fuses science with diorama's. In this tutorial we utilize something called Pepper's Ghost Illusion originally created by John Henry Pepper. This illusion which was used in theater, projects a translucent version of a person or object several feet from a glass pane. Pepper's Ghost Box


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