How to make a panda diorama

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How to make a panda diorama
Use craft materials to simulate the habitat of the panda bear. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Dioramas are a quick and easy project for school or home, and can provide a creative outlet when learning about animal habitats or historical events. Creating a panda diorama is simple, and the closer the diorama adheres to real facts, the more accurate and detailed the diorama will be. With just a simple reference photo and a few materials, you can create a full panda-inhabited scene out of a shoebox.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Empty shoebox
  • Pictures of pandas and habitat for reference
  • Collected grass, leaves, twigs
  • Play-Doh or clay
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Paint and paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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    Building Your Diorama

  1. 1

    Glue the inside of shoebox lid to the long side of the shoebox so that the box is nestled in its lid at a perpendicular angle.

  2. 2

    Create backdrop inside the shoebox by painting sky and other features, or creating foliage and other terrain features with construction paper and markers, such as rocks and bushes.

  3. 3

    Form panda figures using clay or Play-Doh. Roll an ovular shape for the body and a similar smaller shape for the head and four cylinders for the legs. Attach ears and shape a snout. Leave clay to harden or dry. If monotone, paint black and white in style of panda colouring -- using black and white Play-Doh can eliminate the need for painting.

  4. 4

    Decorate diorama box with twigs, leaves and grasses. Be sure to make the setting look like a forest a panda might live in -- be sure to add something that looks like bamboo!

  5. 5

    Make ground terrain along the bottom of the diorama box. Attach grasses, twigs and greenery; make a river, rocks or other details with clay or construction paper.

  6. 6

    Affix panda(s) with glue to the base of the diorama. If desired, make a title for your diorama by writing along the top or bottom facing edge of the diorama.

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