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How to Make a Simple Diorama

You don't have to get fancy and complex with a diorama. You can keep it very simple and have it turn out great. I will give you some guidelines tips and hints on how to do it.

I make a space themed diorama with a telescope, planets, stars and more. But there are no limits in the theme you can use. I will show you.

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The completed diorama


Materials and tools:

We keep it very simple! You only need four things

  • A small cardboard box
  • A pair of scissors
  • A Glue stick (or white glue)
  • A magazine with lots of pictures


Cut off the flaps

Cut the flaps off the box.


Then cut the sides of the box and the top like this. You are making it into a little theatre of sorts.

Mark the sides


 Cut the sides


Select some pictures

Now let's add the background images. Flip through your magazine looking for something nice. I found this great full size picture of the stars.


Glue in the background

So I cut it out and used the glue stick to adhere it to the background.

You can do the back, the bottom surface and the sides. Whatever you like.


Glue in the bottom

I did the back and the bottom.


Cut out the images

Now let's have some fun cutting out various objects from the magazine. I started with this nice picture of Jupiter.

NextOkay, Let's continue and I will show you various creative ways to add the objects.


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Shoebox diorama

Space Diorama (Shoebox)

You can make a fun Space diorama where the astronaut is floating in space. I give you all the artwork. And you don't even need a shoebox. I show you how to make one out of cardboard or foamboard. Make a Shoebox Space Diorama



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.


Waterfall in a dioramaA Waterfall in a diorama

Actually pretty easy to make a great looking waterfall if you know the right tools and techniques. I have it right here: Make a waterfall in a diorama