Ocean Diorama: The Instructions

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Ocean Diorama: The Instructions
You can capture the beauty of the ocean in this fun diorama. (Underwater rose image by Alexander Astakhov from Fotolia.com)

Making an ocean diorama is a fun way for students to show what they've learnt about the various animals in the ocean. It can help visual students display their knowledge and artistic students display their creativity and artistic skills. Fortunately, it also requires nothing more than some simple craft materials.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Shoebox
  • Sand paper or sand
  • Glue
  • Construction paper (various colours)
  • Scissors
  • Drawing implements or magazines
  • Thread
  • Sharp pencil

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Paint the entire inside of the shoebox light blue.

  2. 2

    Apply glue to one inner side of the shoebox.

  3. 3

    Cover the glue with sand to create the bottom surface of the diorama. Turn the box so that the sand-covered side is on the bottom.

  4. 4

    Decorate the other sides of the shoebox as desired, to create the background for the underwater scene. You may want to use green construction paper or other craft supplies to make seaweed, or you could draw an underwater wreck for a unique choice of background.

  5. 5

    Cut out pictures from magazines of the various ocean animals you'd like to include in your diorama. Alternatively, draw your own pictures of the animals and cut them out.

  6. 6

    Use a sharp pencil to poke a hole in the top of each ocean animal. Then poke holes in the top surface of the shoebox equal to the number of animals you'd like to include in your diorama.

  7. 7

    Tie a string to each animal, using the hole you made.

  8. 8

    Thread the other end of each string through the top of the diorama, using the holes you made in the shoebox.

  9. 9

    Make sure that the ocean animal is at the proper height, and then tape the top of the string to the top of the diorama to secure it in place.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't have access to magazines with ocean animals in them, you may want to try ocean colouring books.

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