How to make a rainforest in a box

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How to make a rainforest in a box
Make a rainforest display using basic craft supplies. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

When you are learning about different habitats and ecosystems, you can make the lesson more exciting by creating your own display showcasing one of the habitats. For example, decorate a standard shoebox to look like a rainforest that will display some of the elements present in a real rainforest. You can make a rainforest shoebox display using a few basic materials that can be purchased from any arts and crafts supply shop.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Shoebox
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Tacky glue
  • Soil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue stick
  • Rocks
  • Sticks
  • Dried moss
  • Plastic deciduous trees
  • Plastic rainforest animals

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Paint the inside of a standard size shoebox using green paint for the sides and brown paint for the ground. Allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes.

  2. 2

    Turn the shoebox onto one side and coat the side on the bottom with tacky glue.

  3. 3

    Cover the glue with soil, then allow the glue to dry for 20 minutes. Shake off the excess soil.

  4. 4

    Push a hot glue stick into a hot glue gun and plug in the hot glue gun to heat up for 10 minutes.

  5. 5

    Squeeze three to four pea-size dollops of hot glue onto the bottom side of the shoebox. Press a rock onto each hot glue dollop, then allow the hot glue to cool for one minute.

  6. 6

    Squeeze a line of hot glue along two to three sticks, then press the sticks onto the bottom side of the shoebox. Allow the hot glue to cool for one minute.

  7. 7

    Squeeze two to three 2 pence-size hot glue dollops onto the bottom side of the shoebox and press a dried moss clump onto each hot glue dollop. Allow the hot glue to cool for one minute.

  8. 8

    Squeeze four to five penny-size dollops of hot glue onto the bottom side of the shoebox, then press plastic trees and plastic animals onto the hot glue. Let the glue cool for one minute before displaying the rainforest in a box.

Tips and warnings

  • Hot glue can cause serious burns on skin.
  • Keep hot glue out of the reach of children.

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