How to make a panda diorama

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Things You'll 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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Emily Stokes graduated from Dickinson College with a B.A. in English and is pursuing graduate studies in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Stokes has worked as a writing tutor at the Eberly Writing Center in Carlisle, Pa., and as a subcontracting writer for SKY University, LLC.