How to Make a Stonehenge Diorama

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How to Make a Stonehenge Diorama
Use an image to create the Stonehenge diorama. (Stonehenge image by Horticulture from

Dioramas are 3-D models that typically have a painted background. Some dioramas have a glass front or are encased in glass. Using a diorama to re-create and illustrate the world famous historical Stonehenge is an excellent way to exhibit the beauty of the monument. Adding a few realistic figures of sheep and people that are proportional to stones in Stonehenge will allow viewers to get an accurate image of the size of the monument.

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Things you need

  • Shoebox
  • Small Box
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Rocks
  • Paper mache
  • People figures
  • Sheep figures
  • Glue

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  1. 1

    Cut the longer side of small box or a shoebox out leaving the bottom for the diorama of Stonehenge and 3 sides to paint a background scene. Alternatively, you may cut the other two short sizes leaving a bottom for the model and one backside panel to be painted.

  2. 2

    Create an outline of the location of the stones in Stonehenge on the bottom of the box with a pencil using a aerial image to guide the placement of the stones.

  3. 3

    Paint the grass and paths on the bottom of the box.

  4. 4

    Paint the background and sides-if you kept them-with a scene of an open grazing field with a herd of sheep.

  5. 5

    Glue large rocks to the display board or rocks made of paper mache in the formation of the stones at Stonehenge.

  6. 6

    Glue a few sheep figures in front of the background that are in proportion to the stones at Stonehenge.

  7. 7

    [Optional] Glue a few human tourist figures-that are proportional-to the foot path around the Stonehenge monument.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure the cardboard is strong enough to support the weight of the rocks that you choose for the Stonehenge diorama.

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