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You Shall Not Pass Paper Diorama (Tatebanko)

This is a fun little tatebanko project that is complete. You can download the packet, print it up and put it together. It is a scene from Lord of the Rings. The scene where Gandalf faces the Balrog on the bridge and refuses to let it pass.

If you want more tatebanko projects I have a whole lot of them right here: Tatebanko Projects. And I also have the empty box project so you can make the box and put your own scene in it.


The Completed Paper diorama



Download the pdf packet for this project right here. If you have index paper or card stock you can put that in the printer and print this packet right onto this. Otherwise print this out on paper.

You shall not pass

Can you make this project? You sure can! Here is a picture of one that a web visitor made. (Thomas) My thanks to him for sending me the picture!!


Back of the Project

And this Tatebanko project is a bit different than my other projects in that I have added a little extra to it. This one has another scene on the back of the box. It shows the next scene where Gandalf and the Balrog are plunging down after falling off the bridge.


Putting the Project Together

The Two parts of the project

The project doesn't need a whole lot of instructions and there are pictures in the download document. This picture gives you a good idea of how to build it.

Assemble the four sides of the box first. Then you assemble most of the diorama on the base sheet.

Then you just put the completed base sheet into the box and put the top on.

Remember that this tatebanko has some stuff on the other side of the upright. (Gandalf and the Balrog falling). The following two pictures give you a good look at the front and the back.

The scene

Back of the scene


About the Paper

You really can't make this project on regular printer paper. It will be too flimsy. If you have card stock you can put that in the printer and print up the packet. Then you can cut it out and put it together. If you don't have this option you can print it out on regular paper, glue stick or glue the various parts down to a heaver paper or cereal box cardboard. Then cut the pieces out and put it together.

Making a paper diorama like this needs just a little bit of strength to the paper. You can, but shouldn't just print it out on paper then try to make it! It will be a bit flimsy! So, I recommend, if you have index or card stock paper that you can put in your printer then you should go ahead and use that.

If you can't print on index or card stock paper then you still can print out the packet on normal paper and use a glue stick to glue the pieces to thicker paper. Manila folders work very well for this or even cereal box cardboard will work.

Glue Tip

This picture shows me gluing some cereal box cardboard. You can do this and glue the pieces down to it then cut it all out.


Manila folder

This picture shows it laid out on a manila file folder which works very well. Use glue or glue stick



Our Tatebanko Project on Amazon.com

Dragon's lair

Available on Amazon.com here: Tatebanko Paper Diorama - Dragon's Lair

Tatebanko, or paper dioramas, often depict traditional scenic perspectives but can be used to create almost any amazing diorama. Uniquely combining two-dimensional materials to create and three-dimensional space, this ancient Japanese art and hobby originated in the Edo period (17th century) and remained popular into the 20th century before it was nearly forgotten. StormTheCastle.com has revived this wonderful pastime for your enjoyment! Enclosed in this package you will find everything you need to create your very own tatebanko box! This Tatebanko project is easy to make and looks spectacular. Picture a red dragon sleeping upon his treasure trove in its dark, deep lair with the remains of adventurers past scattered about the cave. Suddenly, it smells something... delicious-it smells a knight-our knight, bravely entering the lair where the awakened dragon is biding his time, waiting in the dark for a hero to emerge and rise to the challenge!



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