How to Make a 3D Park Model

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How to Make a 3D Park Model
Make a 3D model of a park. (park bench in the hyde park image by Martin N from Fotolia.com)

You can use 3D models to create geography projects, history displays or a scene from your favourite book. To understand how to create a realistic-looking 3D model, you could start by making a simple model of a park. Your 3D park model will display the variations in the landscape, and will resemble a real park setting as seen from a birds-eye view.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cardboard, 12 by 18 inches
  • Soil
  • Sand
  • Paper scraps
  • Flour
  • Newspaper
  • Paint
  • Moss
  • Craft glue
  • Toothpicks

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Crumple scraps of paper into balls of various sizes.

  2. 2

    Cover the bottom of a 12-by-18-inch piece of cardboard with craft glue.

  3. 3

    Pour 2 cups of water into a pot, and add in 2 cups of flour. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it starts to bubble. Turn down the heat and simmer the flour mixture for around five minutes. Let the mixture cool completely.

  4. 4

    Cut newspaper into strips that are around 2 inches wide by 6 inches long. Place the paper balls onto the cardboard. Dip the newspaper strips into the flour mixture, and drape them over the paper balls. Repeat this pattern until the entire structure has been covered with at least four layers of newspaper and the flour mixture. Allow the structure to dry completely.

  5. 5

    Cover the surface of the structure with another layer of glue. Sprinkle soil, sand and moss around the structure to resemble a natural park-like setting. The moss will stand in for grass, the sand will stand in for sidewalks, and the soil will stand in for the soil in a park.

  6. 6

    Cut toothpicks in half and cut off the sharp tips. Glue a few toothpicks together, holding them in place until the glue dries. This will create a toothpick board. Glue four of the toothpick tips onto the bottom of the toothpick board. The finished product will resemble a picnic table. Place the toothpick table onto your display. Repeat this process until you have created as many tables as you wish. Allow the entire structure to dry.

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