How to make a diorama out of paper

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How to make a diorama out of paper
You can use construction paper to build diorama scenery. (colour paper samples #6 image by stassad from

Whether you want to give your book report presentation extra zing or you just love paper crafts, making dioramas can be easy and fun. Although some people enjoy making dioramas out of elaborate modelling materials, you can make beautiful and intricate dioramas using only paper products for your scenic elements. By understanding how to build a paper diorama, you can use your ability to make as many inexpensive dioramas as your imagination can handle.

Things you need

  • Construction paper
  • Sketch paper
  • Crayons
  • Liquid glue
  • Scissors
  • Shoebox

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    Design your diorama. Dioramas can depict anything you want, including a castle on a hill, a woodland scene or a fanciful creature like a dragon. Make sketches of your design ideas, and pick your favourite. Use the sketch to make a list of the supplies you will need to create the scenery and other objects. For example, if your diorama will include landscape, you can use green construction paper to create rolling hills. Make elements of the diorama with different colours of construction paper or by drawing and colouring the object on white paper to cut out and glue into the box.

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    Find a box for your diorama, depending on how large you want the diorama to be. Many people use shoe boxes. Make a paper background for your diorama that extends approximately 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) beyond the edges of the box so that you can fold the background piece over like a tab. Glue the folded tab to the inside edge of the box. Decorate the background to fit the scene of the diorama design. Colour the background with crayons, or create cut scenery with construction paper and scissors to glue to the background sheet.

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    Make three-dimensional scenery pieces to give your diorama depth. You can create depth by placing smaller objects in the back and larger objects in the front to simulate distance. Create foreground landscape by cutting hill shapes or trees and placing them toward the front of the box. Attach elements by cutting 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) square tabs at the bottom of each object that you can fold toward the back of the box. Apply a drop of glue to each tab, and glue the tabs to the walls of the box.

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