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Making a Shoebox Diorama

Updated on April 14, 2016

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For a School Project or Just for Fun

The classic shoebox diorama is a childhood rite of passage. Although it can be used for schoolwork, your children may enjoy making them just for fun. Make one with your child today using this step-by-step tutorial.

All you need is a box of some type, some paper, scissors, glue, and basic art supplies such as markers or crayons.

Step One: Create a Base

The base can be anything— the traditional shoebox is only one option. We tend to use tissue boxes because we always have those on hand.

Look around your house and especially the kitchen for any kind of reusable container— cardboard, plastic, or tin. Think creatively! Odd things such as a cookie tin, a juice can, or a plastic ice cream bucket could make for an original diorama. Look at this one using a paper plate! Almost anything can be used.

Step Two: Create the Background

The simplest background could be colored paper— green for grass, blue for sky, brown for earth, blue for water, etc. Or get creative with patterned papers or draw your own.

If you need a little help, try these image files at Brownielocks. Each is a watercolor painting that might be just what you need for a background— a river with grass, an autumn tree, a winter scene, or a fence and wildflowers.

Step Three: Make and Place Your Figures

Use coloring pages printed from the Internet to make figures for your diorama. Search for "[your topic] coloring pages" in your favorite search engine.

Here are two really nice sites: Edupics and Kids Coloring Pages.

Color your images and consider how you want to mount them to the diorama. Below is an example of a coloring page I printed for free from Coloring Castle. I drew in tabs based on where I wanted my figures to be located.

If you want to mount a figure to the bottom (which is where I want the flower to be), then leave a one inch tab at the bottom of the picture when you cut it out. Fold back the tab, and glue it to the bottom of the diorama.

If you want it to hang from the top, add a one inch tab to the top.

Another variation is to use string, yarn, or ribbon to suspend objects from the top of the box. In this way, they will swing and give more of a dynamic effect.

And of course, if you want a figure to come out from the side, leave a tab on the side of the image.

You can also use three dimensional paper models in your dioramas. Here are some wonderful free resources for those:

Or look in your toy chest for small figurines that would suit. Or build something from Lego blocks or Sculpey clay if you don't have quite what you need.

Plan your placement of the figures. Once you're sure of the placement, glue them on. I like to use rubber cement so that if something is not quite right, it can be repositioned.

If all of your figures are inside the box, you may want to cover the opening with plastic wrap. For underwater scenes, this makes a more realistic finish.

The Word "Diorama"

comes from Greek roots di (through) + orama (that which is seen, a sight).

Its use, meaning "a small-scale replica of a scene," dates back to 1902.

Uses and Applications for Dioramas

  1. a tool for story telling

  2. a book report

  3. a snapshot of history

  4. a 3D science model

  5. a fun playtime activity

  6. a creative alternative to a birthday, anniversary, or get well card

  7. a 3D scrapbooking project to memorialize a trip or other important event

  8. a gift

Dover Cut and Assemble Dioramas - Paper Models to Cut Out and Assemble

Dover's cut-and-assemble models are make dioramas easy. Just cut out the full color shapes which are printed on cardstock. Follow the assembly directions to create your 3D models.

When You Don't Have a Box

These variations don't require a box at all. Large sheets of paper, folded into 3D shapes, are all that's required.

Reproducible Books with Diorama Patterns

The images are photos of projects here were taken from Scholastic Books, which have such neat papercrafts, and they are so easy! Just copy the templates, color them in, cut them out, and assemble them. The books are meant to be photocopied rather than consumed, so you can use this book over and over.

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    • marsha32 8 years ago

      these are awesome. I'm always on the lookout for ways to make learning fun

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      Sensitive Fern 8 years ago

      Even though I haven't thought about these since grade school I still love them. And then, after having made one, it's really cool to go see a professionally made one in a museum, such as the natural history museum near where I live. 5*

    • julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Very cool idea -- can't remember if we did this in school when I was young -- what is the origin of the 'diorama' ? I love this craft idea!

    • Joan4 8 years ago

      I had forgotten about these! I think 5 and 6 y/o grands would have fun with this! Thank you!

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      eclecticeducati1 8 years ago

      These are adorable!!! What a great resource you have here. I will be sure to be back! 5*

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      Debbie 8 years ago from England

      Great ideas on here:)

    • Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm 8 years ago

      Great lens, I love the whole idea. I bet that a lot of people will find this lens incredibly helpful for their kids. Keep up the good work at lenses!

      Li Li

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I made so many of these as a kid and so did my children. Some things never change. Although mine weren't nearly as nice as the ones you have pictured. Great lens!

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      Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Great lens! I remember doing these many moons ago :)

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      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      I've helped my kids make many over the years. What a creative idea for a lens. 5 stars.

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      Tonie Cook 8 years ago from USA

      This is a great lens. There are a lot of people who started with a shoe box as a kid, and have gone on to make detailed miniature dioramas for play and display.

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Great lens

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      Jimmi, this is great! I just tweeted this lens through my new TWTTRSTRM: 'What Do You Reuse?' Would you consider to add this lens to 'Reuse it all!' group? :) It features all lenses that has to do with reusing different items! So I think this qualifies!

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      Welcome to Reuse it all! group! Love your lens and it's featured as tutorial on groups' page! If you make something similar in future, remember to stop by!

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Nice work on this tutorial! I never had to make one of these as a kid, but my nieces have. If they have another project like this, I'll be sure to direct them to this. Very useful.

    • gods_grace_notes 7 years ago

      Jimmie,

      You always make such great tutorials... you remind us all to have fun while we teach our kids.

      Thanks for all the love and effort you put into all of your projects!

      Connie

      : )

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      These are wonderful! Makes me want to go find the Elmer's glue and get busy!

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very very nice lens Jimmie, 5*****. These are great, wonderful for the children to make and to fire up their imagination. The scope is endless.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Oh, I'm just going to have to do this with my 4 year old granddaughter. She would just love making one or more! :)

    • Daphnemomof9 7 years ago

      Jimmie,

      I remember doing these as a kid, but I haven't tried it with my kids. I think you've given me the confidence to give it a try.

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      groovyoldlady 7 years ago

      This is a unique way of teaching our kids to think INSIDE the box!

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      AppalachianCoun 7 years ago

      This is a great project that is ideal for vacation bible school. Beautiful job on the lens.

    • yesido 7 years ago

      ooooh, this brings back so many memories, thank you. I never knew they actually had a name for it. Great work.. 5*'s

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      this is amazing

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      Snozzle 7 years ago

      Excellent. Must admit I have never heard the word diorama previously but, sure enough, it's in my dictionary and I'm a lot better informed now. To think I brought up children without this knowledge!

      Mike.

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      I spent hours making these types of toys and displays as a child, and even as a young mom. You've made it easy and enjoyable for anyone to create a diorama. This is a terrific tutorial - lensrolling to my paper toys and family/parenting topical lenses. 5*

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      why is my school has to make a diorama on a shoe box but you need to make a place about californa and i made a nices shoe box im going to tell you how to make it.get a bow and put stuff on them so byebye and im a 2nd grader.

    • mikeitloffe 7 years ago

      This will help me spending some good&funny time with my children. Thanks a lot for your contribution. 5 stars favorites and you have a new fan! Best, Mike.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      these are wonderful!=)

      add more on plz=)

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      Deadicated LM 7 years ago

      I use to love making these in school. Great lens. If your a teacher you could inspire a child's career at a museum. Today shoebox diorama's, tomorrow The Natural History Museum.

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      junebugco 7 years ago

      Great use of a lens for a learning tool.

    • poutine 7 years ago

      Cute thing to do for kids.

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I used to make these a LOT when I was a kid. I wonder where they all went. Hmm. Thanks for the memories. Nicely done. Love the photos.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I used to do these with my older kids, but totally forgot about them for the last few years. I'll have to have my little guy do some this year!

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      I remember how much fun it was to make dioramas when I was a child. Thank you so much for all the useful links.

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      Tonie Cook 7 years ago from USA

      This is a wonderful 5* DYI -- Simple fun projects that make use of all things paper. Well done.

    • riniantony 7 years ago

      I've never done this, but it sounds like great fun! I know my daughter will love it :-)

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Very nice lens :) My son made a diorama with a lot of little fishes years ago. It looked very nice :) We still have it.

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star!!!! I recognized the lens right off on the list and had to come right over. Yay!!!

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh me! I am over 60 yrs of age but this lens made me want to make a diorama. I haven't made one in many years and this would be a fun project for my grandson and I. Wonderful instructions, photos and links. Blessed by an Honorary Squid Angel.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      ur ideas r fabulous... thanks a lot

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Oh, what memories you bring back of my son...he used to LOVE making stuff with boxes when he was a kid. Large or small box, he could make something with it. I just cleaned out my closet and found 2 empty shoe boxes I was about to throw away...I'll now save them for my grandson to make something with! Thanks for your ideas. I'll also be adding a link to this lens to Teaching Tips on my Teacher's Corner web site. These would make great craft ideas for school.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Fabulous lens! I've always wanted to learn how to do this. Thank you!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      wow! I love these ideas!!

      thnx once again I LOVE THESE IDEAS it makes me want t make dioramas too! :D

    • RollingLuggage 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens & Great information

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      homeschoolsonya 7 years ago

      Great lens! The children and I are going to have a go at making a dinosaur diorama as part of our Dinosaur Discovery.

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      LisaDH 7 years ago

      Ah, this brings back memories. I loved maked dioramas when I was little. Well done.

    • shemakesmoneyonline 7 years ago

      Awesome lens! I wish this was around when I was in school!

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      Oh, these look like fun! Blessed and featured on Angels Unaware!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens, great idea for a lens. Thanks.

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      Diana Grant 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is a lovely lens - I have sent it to my daughter who is training to be a teacher, and I am sure she will use it.

      Regards,

      Diana

    • WorkingOnMe 7 years ago

      What a great inexpensive thing to do! Luv it.

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      ImproveMeU 7 years ago

      I loved your lens- well done 5*. What a great idea for a creative children's project. Thanks for sharing

    • Light-in-me 7 years ago

      This is a great lens and brings back a lot of memories of making these with my children.

      Nice job, thanks for sharing!

      Robin :)

    • Themiscorkscrew 7 years ago

      I used to love diaramas. Creative ideas.

    • seosolutions 7 years ago

      They look really cool, I can remember making something similar in school.

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      lolicious 7 years ago

      Simple and fun, great lens

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Great instructions. Wish I had this when my girls were in school and had to make these things.

    • gilms012 7 years ago

      kids will love this! thanks for sharing!

    • DanCarson 7 years ago

      This is really cool and I imagine my daughters would love to do this.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      We just did one with our third grader for Halloween. We had to create a scary room in the house but we made a haunted backyard. We used Crayolas soft air-dry clay for pumpkins, spiders, moon, etc....and it came out beautiful. Nice lens ! 5 stars !

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      Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

      I haven't seen or heard about dioramas since I was a kid. We made them and really enjoyed them. A great project to keep the kids entertained during rainy days!

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      theinquirer2 7 years ago

      I can see this would keep kids entertained on a rainy day! Nice Lens

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      Angela F 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      What a fun lens! I remember shoebox dioramas from elementary school, but I don't think my kids ever made one. so sad... lol

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      labchef lm 6 years ago

      I still remember my son made a showbox aquarium when we was in the second grade. He is now in the middle school.

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      Guided Abundance 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Wow these are neat! I wonder if I can make a Shoe Box Vision Board?

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      writernewbie 6 years ago

      Amazing lens! You have provided the reader with so many resources for making a shoebox diorama. My daughter and I had already made a few of these for her school assignments, and I really wish I had your page as a reference then. I have a son in 4th grade, so if he is ever required to make a diorama, I know where to look for help!

    • grandma247 6 years ago

      I wish I had found this sooner. thanks for all the brilliant ideas

    • jessicahoward 6 years ago

      amazing lens! l wonder it is nice idea to make things with shoebox.i also used to make different things when i was small. great ideas enjoy might.

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Hi! We used your lens to make a diorama for my daughters Wright Brothers project. The idea to do a diorama was a result of your lens, thanks! My daughter thanks you too (she scored a 100!).

    • ruthlessjohn 6 years ago

      cute!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      you can do really good diorama

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      @Joan4: why can't there be older kids doing it too that's not fair what you said

    • VinnyP 6 years ago

      i never knew what it was till today. very very nice.

    • johnsmythelinks 6 years ago

      Reminds of the incredible amout of fun we used to have at school

    • johnsmythelinks 6 years ago

      Love to be a part of the school once again in life

    • johnsmythelinks 6 years ago

      Creative and artistic - how can you ignore it

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      perciavalle 6 years ago

      I used to love diorama projects in grade school! Thanks for sharing!

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      David Schroeter 6 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      Thanks for this wonderful resource. I can probably put this to good use with my younger students! 5 *'S and a favourite.

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      Airinka 6 years ago

      really interesting and nice

    • KortDogg 6 years ago

      i CAN TELL YOU ARE VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS! Great Job!!!

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      surviving-2012 6 years ago

      How Fun!!!

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      surviving-2012 6 years ago

      How nifty.

    • projdemand 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Really fantastic and artistic project.Thanks for sharing a useful lens.

    • cupons 6 years ago

      Really creative ideas!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Great ideas for homeschooling parents, thanks

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      Davidfstillwagon 6 years ago

      really neat stuff! 5*

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      cool ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      DianeStafford 6 years ago

      Great diorama example.

    • marketing01 6 years ago

      Good ideas, thanks

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      thank you a lot

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      can you help me make a romeo and juliet diorama

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nicely done...thanks!

    • Schuhe 6 years ago

      beautiful diorama, like it

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      Very cute - now I know what I can do on a rainy day!

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      great step by step instructions.

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      Sara Duggan 6 years ago from California

      Wow Jimmie You are the best. Can you be my MOMMY? JK Your children are truly blessed.

    • TransWealth 6 years ago

      LOL shoebox dioramas! I used to make these things all the time :-P But you do this very, very well, I'm very impressed. Mine were never even close to this good. The hummingbird and flower design is so cool, and I love your lil figurines. Kudos on your work, and this great lens!

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      Oh my gosh, Jimmie... Who DOESN'T remember those shoebox dioramas? (Uh...or is that "diorami?") LOL

      These are absolutely wonderful. Creative. I confess that although I always PICTURED making an award-winning display, alas... it wasn't to be. Maybe if someone like you had been there to encourage me!

      Again, beautiful stuff - and a really terrific resource for any parent (or teacher!).

      Thanks for a great lens!

      :) Kath

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      Steve Charles 6 years ago

      I made a space diorama when I was young. It had stars, planets, rockets, galaxies... the lot in it. It took me ages and everyone was so impressed when it was finished. The next day my brother 'accidentally' sat on it! Thanks for this lens Jimmie, it brings back some great memories.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      great lens

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I remember making dioramas as a child. Mine didn't look this good!

    • foreveryoung996 6 years ago

      my son had to make one for his class last year about a book he read, he had a great time creating it. his was a scene from a harry potter book

    • SofiaMann 6 years ago

      Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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      teamlane 6 years ago

      Very good Jimmie! My daughter has a school project. I am emailing this lens for her to use.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens on a great topic. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on Early Childhood Abilities Encouraged

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Fantastic Lens! Very Cool Stuff For Kids!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Very creative ideas to use for a home-made diorama.

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      Amy Fricano 6 years ago from WNY

      Super. My kids went through so many shoe boxes...

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      missbat 6 years ago

      I loved making shoe box (and just about any type of box) dioramas in school. Some of my best were for "A Wrinkle in Time". Some very creative ideas and helpful hints on this lens. Great job!

    • sam3erry 6 years ago

      cool lens!

      thanks 4 sharing :)

      sam

    • SnoopyGirl1 6 years ago

      These are amazing! I am definitely going to try making some with the kiddos for homeschool this year. Thanks Jimmie for all the wonderful homeschool lense you have produced. Your lapbook lens was what first brought me to Squidoo! Thumbs up!

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      rachsue lm 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing. Gives some great ideas for a dioram!!

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      Pixelrage LM 6 years ago

      I used to love making these as a kid. Mine always seemed to have a volcano and plastic army men in it. Regardless, it was fun :)

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      glenbrook 6 years ago

      I think I'll use some of these ideas to make little displays for some of my model railroad equipment. I don't have room for a layout yet but I do have room for a diorama or two...

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      PhiladelphiaWri 6 years ago

      fun lens, thanks. Gave you a thumbs up

    • ngie 6 years ago

      Awesome!.... i can start to to now.... so interesting...

    • cindylee10 6 years ago

      This looks like something i can do with my kids! We usually face paint together. Its how we bond. But this could work!

    • glowchick 6 years ago

      Great lens~ these are always fun to put together :)

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      What a cool project for kids to do, it looks like a lot of fun! - Kathy

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      What a truly great lens. Thank you so much for the info and instructions

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      Sami4u LM 6 years ago

      Hi,

      I remember make these when I was young. However I did not know what they were called. Great fun for kids.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      A sweet and original project! And a beautiful purple star to adorn it! Congrats!

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      Antonette13 6 years ago

      A wonderful project!

    • Vacation-In-My-Head 6 years ago

      This is great! I will definitely be coming back to this as a reference when we get ready to do our first diorama! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

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      italianizeyours 6 years ago

      I haven't made one of these in years. In the last one I made, I put a ziplock bag full of water in it to make a sweet lake effect. It ended up leaking and ruining the whole thing. What a shame.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      This lens is truly exceptional. What a wonderful project and it has so many uses.

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      Do-It-Yourselfer 6 years ago

      wow I forgot about those I remember making those in elementary school. Nice lens

    • lizimazi 6 years ago

      Very good lens I love it when people take the time to do a useful page like this

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      funmomofmany 6 years ago

      I absolutely LOVE making dioramas. I look forward to those assignments coming home from school. I did one for undersea animals and we glued dried coffee grinds to the bottom as the under-sea dirt. We used an aquarium back-drop for the back of the box (of course, my aquarium was without a back for a few days. It was SO fun getting creative and thinking outside of the 'box'! :) Thanks for sharing this lens!

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      surviving-2012 6 years ago

      Very nice indeed. Fun for all ages.

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      I loved this. When I was a boy, I used to use a shoe box to construct theatre sets. i used torches and small lights to light up the sets and cut the flats from card and paper and paint them. Not quite the same thing, but in very much the same vein. Thanks for the memory

    • Tarra99 6 years ago

      these are great! thanks for sharing! blessed and featured here: http://www.squidoo.com/100-blessings

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      eccles1 6 years ago

      What a cute thing to make it looks like fun!

    • HarlandGirl 6 years ago

      Wow, great diorama's!

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      Enigmaa8 6 years ago

      cool ideas, was thinking what to do with my old shoe boxes these ideas will come handy.

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      ChristopherFranko 6 years ago

      i just bought some shoes like 3 days ago. i think ima turn one into a diorama

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      njoylife42day 6 years ago

      I'm so glad I saw this! Our family will have so much fun making one! Thank you!

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      MiseryBusiness519 6 years ago

      this is so cool, i'm gonna do these as crafts with the kids at church! :)

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      Jack2205 6 years ago

      These are excellent diorama ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      thank you for the instructions

    • pomme99 6 years ago

      Very lovely.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      This page is awesome. My nieces will have fun making these.

    • moonlitta 6 years ago

      There is one more use of diorama: just for fun! I woill try makingone with my daughter, she's 4 and will be greatly amused (she loves everything connected with cutting paper figures).And thanks for the great ideas:)

    • kt_glasses 6 years ago

      wow,you are awesome.

    • tssfacts 6 years ago

      This brings back memories. I used to make these all the time when I was a kid. It kept me entertain and out of trouble lol. Great job.

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      Anwarart 6 years ago

      At the time, this was my least favorite project in elementary school, probably because it was required. When I think about dioramas now, I realize that they can be fun. Awesome lens.

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      i will show my kids this lens

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a great lens, what a great way to have fun with your kids. Nicely done!

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      HorseHelper 6 years ago

      I remember doing shoebox dioramas in elementary school. Geez, thanks for taking me back!

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      Today it is raining, now I know what to do!

    • Samuel_Princeton 6 years ago

      Great craft idea! I think many people people get intimidated with the idea of creating something. Thanks for making it so simple that a guy like me can do it.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      very nice love it

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      puerdycat lm 6 years ago

      Really cute, and I'll be they last forever!

    • anuwarr 6 years ago

      Nice lens. good work keep it up

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Great job on the lens, this is a great idea for young kids to do to keep them busy.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Really awesome job on this lens! I'll definitely refer students and parents to this site! Very complete coverage of this topic, with lots of resources.

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      teemu 6 years ago

      Blessed by an Angel!

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      antoivo lm 6 years ago

      I love anything that's creative as im into art myself so a big like given here i love it NICE ONE!

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      Another blessing. I need this for the 4th grade mission project (well not exactly me but I will get stuck working on it anyway). Great job!

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      Cashflowmaker LM 6 years ago

      I remember making these in grade school, man I miss school, no worries or bills. Thanks for reminding me!

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      snowcloud 6 years ago

      i remember this from 3rd grade

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      Fun...brings back so many memories!

    • Craftybegonia 6 years ago

      Makes me want to be a kid again! I enjoyed those things so much. Thanks for the lens.

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      JVandewalker LM 6 years ago

      Me and my nephews had fun doing these. Thanks for sharing!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Used to make these all the time as a kid for school. Fun times! Great Squidoo!

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      SmellyFish LM 6 years ago

      cool stuffs!

    • GrowWear 6 years ago

      Dropping in at this wonderful Purple Star lens to wish you happy holidays and a new year filled with abundance and love.

    • overcomefear 6 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      Diana J. Limjoco 6 years ago from Puerto Princesa, Palawan

      Very cool...am always looking for fun things to do with our 3 year old.

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      moskit 6 years ago

      What great ideas and such a fun thing to do with the kids.

    • dmichele 6 years ago

      good advice. will help my 10 yo with his world geography diorama about Thailand this month. Thanx

    • sig2k30 6 years ago

      diorama is hard to make for first time, second it will be more easy

    • williams_oil 6 years ago

      Fantastic. Like 3D drawing.

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      Fcuk Hub 6 years ago

      Waw, I like hand made things. Thanks for the hint for boring afternoon with my son.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      so fun and creative! thank you for the wonderful ideas

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      mecheil lm 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens... It's a perfect activity for quality bonding time. My 2-year old kid is very fond of books and pictures as well as writing and drawing, and i'm sure he's gonna love doing diorama. I'm so excited to try this with him already. Thanks you for the wonderful ideas!

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      I had to read this so quicckly as I ran to find a shoe box and my daighter and i are going to make one now!! Fantastic I knd of knew, but not really what this was and was so surprised to read this, the models are awesome 10/10

    • vickeylynn 6 years ago

      This is such a great idea.... I am going to try this one... Thanks

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Fabulous Instructions! I have no idea how many of these I have had to help my children make over the years, but I sure wish I had your help back then :)

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I love making dioramas. I wish my kids had to make them more often :)

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      jennikitten lm 6 years ago

      Great lens. We don't call them dioramas over here, but I remember making them in school.

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      ScottE LM 6 years ago

      This is such a great lens. Wonderful pictures and great ideas for making shoebox dioramas.

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      claudiax3 6 years ago

      What awesome ideas and great pictures to follow along with. Loved it!

    • CustomBizPage 5 years ago

      All i could think of when i saw this was Family Guy....those that have seen the episode will know what i mean LOL

    • FuzziesFriend 5 years ago

      Wonderful site. It's made my 'Bookmark" list

    • DestinationsHoliday 5 years ago

      Very wonderful informative lens! I wish this happened 10 years ago when I first realized I needed to help my kids do a Diorama project. Thanks for sharing!

    • sugunalinus 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Would show it to my kid and improve his creativity.

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      Harshitha LM 5 years ago

      interesting lens

    • NateScreenPrints 5 years ago

      Awesome Lens! I love these types of projects (obviously). I only remember having to make a few of these in school. I like how on Community they are always having to make dioramas for class, haha

    • XBlade 5 years ago

      wow i haven't done one of those since i was in elementry school lol i think i might do one this week with my niece though thanks for the idea great lens btw

    • mrfirstime 5 years ago

      What a wonderful find taking me back to childhood. If you want a craft to do with your child than this should be just what the doc ordered enjoy

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      gezzyka 5 years ago

      Dioramas were such a fun project, and these tips would have definitely shortened the learning curve way back when I had to do them for school.

    • kendellm 5 years ago

      I am sure this will come in handy for my grandchildren. I can remember when one needed information about dioramas they had never ever heard about them

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      Rita-K 5 years ago

      What a fun lens! I wish I was back in school....these would be so great to make! Wonderful directions!

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      lowfat-cookbooks 5 years ago

      This lens bought back some memories for me! I think my kids will enjoy making some of their own. Thank you

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      The projects are easy to do: copy and have students color them in, cut them out and paste together. No difficult folds or pasting required. It works well with 4th - 6th graders.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I just loved making paper models, paper dolls/animals and dioramas when I was a child. Lots of creative ideas and wonderful resources here. Love this ... blessed by the Crafting Squid Angel.

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      Love educational paper crafts! Learning on several levels. Thanks and **angel blessed**!

    • hershel01 5 years ago

      Don't you just love making things from paper, love this lens.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I have helped my grandson make dioramas and personally love creating beautiful shadow boxes--not quite the same technique, but same general principles. Lots of fun!

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      Steve Arun 5 years ago

      This is just an exclusive piece of work. Love this lens adding this my favorites.

    • miaponzo 5 years ago

      What a great project!!!! Thanks!

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      Peter Murray 5 years ago from Izmir, Turkey

      My son got given a shoebox from school for this last week, so guess who will be helping him make it before it is due on Wednesday.

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      lovely ideas, and thanks for the links

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      DrRobertIng 5 years ago

      Great idea. I am going to do this on the weekend with my little one.

    • Platinum_GV 5 years ago

      Great lens!!!!!!!

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      JublyJem 5 years ago

      Great Lens!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, fifth grade. Mrs Drutt's class. Thanks for the memory. Great lens.

    • mad123456789101112131415 5 years ago

      I love the idea!

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      Jen 5 years ago from Canada

      Great tips on making dioramas. I found all the resources and pictures helpful.

    • kimark421 profile image

      kimark421 5 years ago

      I used to love making dioramas as a kid ( a loooong time ago). Thanks for the great lens!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: That looks so cool.

    • AmyPhx 5 years ago

      Dioramas was a great time as a kid, my daughter just made one for school.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      @AmyPhx: yeah it's very helpful and interactive.

    • vohraaish 5 years ago

      aww.. very sweet lens i must say.. great ideas for making dioramas

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      RandomSpecifics 5 years ago

      Great guide! I'm going to have to try this - I've got plenty of shoe boxes left over.

    • Mab_Arabic 5 years ago

      Good stuff! Love all the dioramas you've made.

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      curtis62 5 years ago

      I like your lens good job.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      lovely lens.~blessed by a squid angel~

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      RickBasset 5 years ago

      Your lens brings back memories of fun school projects!

      Blessed by a Squid angel! â¥

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Fantastic! well done!!

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      So cool.. I think I want to make one too now! YAY!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Great ideas for my son's craft work. Loved this lens.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      We used to do this when we were kids utilizing a discarded shoebox. Thanks for bringing back memories.

    • JoshK47 5 years ago

      Awesome tips here - I remember making dioramas back in the day. :)

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      How wonderful! So many ideas!

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      Richard 5 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Wonderful ideas and tutorial for creating a diorama. Blessed!

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      Bella Stella 5 years ago

      Wow! I almost stuck on this lens...it is a great activity for children.

      Thank you for this fantastic lens!!!

    • purpleslug 5 years ago

      What great ideas! My grandkids will love some of these. They love doing crafty things, so this will be really fun for them.

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      JaySing 5 years ago

      Tremendous fun. Excellent ideas for crafts day.

      Thanks for this.

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      minirich 5 years ago

      nice ideas, for some fun with the kids

    • Green_Apple 5 years ago

      u are so creative, nice lens.

    • hollyshope 5 years ago

      Great squidoo! My daughter has to do these all the time! You have some wonderful resources!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      very helpful

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      SandyORiley 5 years ago

      Great examples, and lots of helpful tips. thank you!

    • KChang 5 years ago

      really nice lens

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Great ideas, my son had to make a diorama for a school project and i had no idea where to get started...thank you for all the cool ideas!!

    • leansmasterpranav 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      Wow great idea, thanks for the instructions.

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      patriciabruce1 5 years ago

      My son also has this project coming up for school. This is a great lens!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you so much! We had no idea where to begin a second grade diorama project. Now I know enough to give him choices, step-by-step instructions, and let him truly create his own diorama. Bless you!

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      simplycyber 5 years ago

      Great lens! I always want to know how to make attractive diorama. Your lens is so helpful to me. Many thanks.

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      pimbels lm 5 years ago

      My daughter has to make a diorama coming up in August. Thank you for a very nice lens.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      How cute! I'm sure kids love making these fun dioramas!

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      AngelDey 5 years ago

      These are great ideas. It got my brain busy thinking about how I can use them for my guided reading lessons with my son. Thank you.

    • BobbyNate 5 years ago

      The printables section is awesome. Imma make a diorama just because now.

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      TeamDealStartsH 5 years ago

      Oh man, I loved making these as a kid! If I remember, I might still have one lying around the storage room! Thanks for the nostalgic Lens!

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      achraf lm 5 years ago

      after reading this lens, all I want know is to turn off my computer, go home and have some fun with my little baby...

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      Charmgal 5 years ago

      If it rains this weekend I will definitely make one of these with my son!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      So many great ideas and good explanations how to do it as well. Loved this lens!

    • valiapegli 5 years ago

      what a great creativity! very, very clever

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      DrDebbieThompson 5 years ago

      These are so cool...I didn't get to make these when I grew up. I think I have to have my neighbor girls come over and we can make these. How fun would that be?

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      pramodbisht 5 years ago

      fun to do with kid in free time

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      Paul 5 years ago from Montreal

      One of my favorite school projects when I was a kid was a book report diorama.

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      Stephen Carr 5 years ago from Corona, CA

      Been here before, just perusing some of your terrific lenses!

    • Jerrad28 5 years ago

      Great content, thanks!

    • Serj 5 years ago

      Cool lens! I think I'll try this with my son next time we are feeling "crafty" :)

    • nolinel lm profile image

      nolinel lm 5 years ago

      Really great lens...

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      Cute! Good ideas.

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      lortiz59 lm 5 years ago

      Hi Jimmie! I loved reading your lens on dioramas for kids. Your photos make it easy to understand how to go about creating one. Recently, I made a diorama of a paper deer and forest background. It was for my daughter's second grade project. It's fun to make these and gives parents some quality time with their kids.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      nice lens ...

    • YourFirstTime 5 years ago

      Shows what can be done without technology.

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      S Kurniawan 5 years ago from Bandung, Indonesia

      Excellent Lens..

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      mivvy 5 years ago

      What a delughtful lens. It took me back to my childhood when I loved making them, with cottonwool as snow. I now know what they are called in English. We (Dutch) know them as kijkdoos (looking box)

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Cute diorama ideas. Useful recycling project.

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      pangaloon 5 years ago

      Oh I love these ideas so much, my girls will love to make some.

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      Liz Mackay 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      O nostalgia, nostalgia. Blessed by a squid angel.

    • pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Another excellent idea. Great work.

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      lemonsqueezy lm 5 years ago

      Seriously - it is so much easier to make dioramas now that you can print the images off of the internet. This is even one more reason to love the internet.

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      Patricia 5 years ago

      Blessing this cool lens on the school bus trip!

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      This would be fun to do with my little girl. Thanks for all the pics of dioramas.

    • davidcam 5 years ago

      Great ideas....awesome lens thanks

    • shivnagsudhakar 5 years ago

      good lens

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      NoobWriter LM 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      reflyh2 5 years ago

      Interesting lens. That's some beautiful dioramas...

    • richarddales 5 years ago

      very unique content lens

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      LeopoldBlatt 5 years ago

      Such lovely toys and all created very economically. Kids get more fun from these playthings that toy that cost hundreds of dollars. Great lens.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is great! I love your photos of these wonderful dioramas!!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      So cute and so simple.

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      WorkitSmart 5 years ago

      wow.. this brings back memories of being a kid. very cool.

      dee :)

    • eteachers 5 years ago

      Very creative and certainly something I can refer teachers to...

    • shiwak224 5 years ago

      Really Amazing work !! Pictures are also pretty cool, I wish my teachers should have taught me something like this ..

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Dioramas were my favorite things to make when I was in school...this brought back memories! :)

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      Fayme Zelena Harper 5 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA

      I've always loved dioramas, and as an adult I still make them from time to time. I made some tiny fairy dolls and a diorama of a fairy circle to set them in. I'm not sure why people stop making them when they grow up.

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      Rammelfirdaus 5 years ago

      I remember making diorama when i was 7. Now I'm 28...

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      TheGourmetCoffe 5 years ago

      Very cool lens, brought back many memories. Ah! The Diorama rite of passage...

      Passing on the link to a relative who teaches elementary school, quite sure will greatly appreciate your detailed explanations and photography. Thank you for sharing!

    • WorldVisionary 5 years ago

      I wish I had found this lens last year, as my daughter had this project as a 1st grader. Great job and some Angel blessings to you!

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Wonderful, blessed by an angel on the labor day weekend bus trip :)

    • NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      amazing lens!!!! wow..i really like it

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      For the kid in all of us. as a new squid I love reading posts that have done well. Congraulations

    • purnimamoh 5 years ago

      I remember some time ago I made a train for my son. Inspired by your lens, I shall make a lens out of that great lens

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      tomtaz517 5 years ago

      Awesome lens and awesome pictures. Shoebox diorama's were always my favorite projects in grade school!

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      cheech1981 5 years ago

      that is much nicer than the ones i did as a kid haha

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i need to do a diorama on the nsw government !!! Would anyone have ideas for me ???

    • seedplanter 5 years ago

      This diorama lens takes me back to third grade. I love what you've done with it - such good ideas and great instructions.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Well done! Blessed!

    • ManyLittleBlessings 5 years ago

      I feel like an idiot -- I never thought about using a tissue box. I have always just done shoe boxes, so apparently I couldn't think outside the (shoe) box. ;)

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      dogface lm 5 years ago

      Wonderful! :D I like this.

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      Noelle and Dan 5 years ago

      Wonderful project to do with the kids. Thanks for your neat lens.

    • TonyEdward 5 years ago

      Gosh what a great lens. A warm wave of feelings came over me. You have unlocked some hidden treasure of memories for me of the joy and happiness from building shoebox dioramas. Thank you.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh my, this page sure has changed since I last visited, I like it. Now, I thought I had blessed this before, but I did again and hope it sticks.

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      Davidfstillwagon 5 years ago

      My son had to make one last year for a school project and it really took some to finish! great lens

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      We just helped my son finish up a diorama yesterday. It was a lot of fun.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Really interesting lens - great information on diorama. Takes me back to my school days.

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      tobydavis 5 years ago

      Wow! Fab lens! So easy to follow the instructions and wonderfully put together with loads of info! :-)

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      Actiongames LM 5 years ago

      I love models and dioramas, they are so fun. Nice lens

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      Loveyourshoes 5 years ago

      interesting and easy to follow...thanks

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      FunkyFriendsFac 5 years ago

      Ah remember the days when a simple cardboard box gave us such pleasure!!!! Literally HOURS of FUN in a box!!! I have added a link to your lens from my recycled t-shirt lens. Thanks for the hit of nostalgia! : )

    • sherioz 5 years ago

      Wow. This is great. Now that my kids are grown I just have to wait for grandchildren to do these projects with.

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      This brings back memories, great pics and info, blessed!!!

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      efcruzarts 5 years ago

      this lens is enjoyable to see crafting

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      nbrandt123 5 years ago

      Very artistic ideas! I like how it is being presented on the lens. Two thumbs up!

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      Beadsnresin 5 years ago

      Brings back memories from primary school :-) thanks for the lens.

    • SIALicenceUK 5 years ago

      my kids are going to love this, thanks

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      A very unique lens. Enjoyed it...:)

    • camaster 5 years ago

      I second that, great lens! Really inspiring. Was for sure a lot of work. :-)

    • HuntAndFishGuides 5 years ago

      Definitely going to give this a go with my first grader; maybe we'll try something Thanksgiving / Christmas themed. :)

    • acejames 5 years ago

      I remember doing similar project in mt grade school days, thanks for bringing back such great memories.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      brings me back to my childhood! i'll have to do these with my nephews :-) great lens!

    • wiedruce 5 years ago

      fun and creative...great lens!

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      i remember making those for school. they are pretty cool to make.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Nostalgic Lens, bring me back in school, Thanks

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      cwstocks lm 5 years ago

      Gosh, I forget all about these. Thanks for reminding me so I can do this with the grandkids.

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      Great lens with a creative idea. Pretty soon my nephew will be old enough to do these projects with me. :)

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Great article you've written and terrific set of resources. Dioramas are fun learning opportunities for kids!

      Several more dioramas at this link:

      http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/cut-outs.htm...

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      manicnymph 5 years ago

      I remember doing these 'kleenex' dioramas as a child, thanks for the trip back in time! There is really no limit to the adorable miniature scenes that can be made in an old kleenex box, all you need is the creativity!

    • seo_optimisation 5 years ago

      Great ideas for the upcoming holidays with my kids, thanks!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      A great lens to share. Nice! Squid-liked!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I have used this project in my classroom for years. Kids love doing them and at the end of a unit we have a party with the parents to celebrate. Thanks for sharing this. You have provided many new ideas for the idea.

    • Edutopia 5 years ago

      I was tasked with teaching at a winter camp at the last minute this break and I've been trying to come up with ideas for the kids. How fortuitous that I'd come across this lens! Thanks!

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      MamaRuth 5 years ago

      Great ideas for the classroom. I think making a Christmas diorama with my granddaughters will be a fun project for this holiday season.

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      Great lens! I was not familiar with Diorama until I stumbled upon your lens. I think this activity is superb for children and their education. Something about building, coloring, and my favorite~creating an idea is practical and great for kids! Thanks for sharing it!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      very cool indeed, enjoyed my visit this morning, thank you.

    • Africanos 5 years ago

      Thank you for a great tutorial this would be perfect for a homemade gift

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      casquid 5 years ago

      My grandchildren love to work with me on projects. Thank You for offering ideas that will send us on another path of creation, together.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey, I love the tipi diorama! Glad I stopped by, and blessed again!

    • Jeimuzu-san 5 years ago

      Never thought of doing this before!

    • tuneinabucket 5 years ago

      Did some of this when I was a kid. Brings back fond memories. I may start again. Thanks.

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      Image Girl 5 years ago

      i wish i had done these as a child. Interesting, now though, I'm creating something similar as an adult. I hope I'll have some completed this year.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 5 years ago from Texas

      These are so neat. i made one for my niece when she graduated high school and filled it with some of her things I had saved from her child hood. Great explanation of how to do these.

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      What wonderful creations and so inexpensive. Excellent for school projects.

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      greenmind 4 years ago

      so cool. I made these in school 40 years ago!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I know I did one of these as a kid but I can't for the life of me remember what it was. My daughter, who attends a Waldorf school, will be doing one in the 4th grade. Thanks for a great lens!

    • azD40x 4 years ago

      woaa! this bring back to my childhood days! Love it.. (maybe I'll do these projects quietly in my bedroom later! ) Great lens!

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      Rebeljohn 4 years ago

      This really looks like something my grand kids would love to do thank for the info

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      freewallpapers4 4 years ago

      great ideas, so cool

    • nelsonkana 4 years ago

      Wow, this is great. Just wandering how to reproduce these in real life.

    • jimmyworldstar 4 years ago

      I remember doing these in middle school as a kid. Technically, that's a tissue box!

    • jtbmetaldesigns 4 years ago

      Thank you for another activity to engage in with my daughter. Need to ask her what

      She wants to make.

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      solicitorsdubli 4 years ago

      This is one comprehensive lens-I will let my little girl know about it

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      Tracey Boyer 4 years ago from Michigan

      A wonderful activity for parents and children to do together. Well done !

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      teristazko 4 years ago

      I have done my share of dioramas. Helpful lense!

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      Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Wow! I wish this lens was around when I was busy helping my kids with those. :) Great and very helpful lens.

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      kevingomes13 lm 4 years ago

      This was fun when we had to do it for school.

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      Sam 4 years ago from Australia

      A great tutorial. Wonderful lens.

    • CharlieHawks 4 years ago

      I'm always looking for different things to do with the kids. Great idea, thanks for sharing.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Making dioramas are fun, but are so pressuring if it is for school...

    • Tradeshowhobo profile image

      Tradeshowhobo 4 years ago

      Good memories of making a dinosaur diorama in a shoebox.

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      ottoblotto 4 years ago

      My children and I love doing dioramas!

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      PoeticChristian 4 years ago

      Very interesting, I bet it helps them learn more. wish we had stuff like that then. Great lens. Blessings

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi nice shoe box craft,look like fun for the whole family.

    • KabbalArt 4 years ago

      Some fantastic ideas. Well done.

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      Fantastic Voyages 4 years ago from Texas

      I remember making these when I was a child. Nice article!

    • anna-smith02 4 years ago

      omg I made these and school and totally forgot about them! thanks for reminding me about a project i had so much fun at and the great ideas!

    • greatlegs 4 years ago

      Yay for homeschooling! We do the same with our children. Great crafts!

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      JoyfulReviewer 4 years ago

      Boy this sure brought back memories of making these in school. Thanks for the very nice instructions and resources. Blessed by a joyful angel.

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      rallo-smith 4 years ago

      Been along time since I've seen one of these.

    • Rhizza18 4 years ago

      I used to do diorama when I was a kid specially when I'm in primary school as part of my project. But I oftentimes do it now but to share my knowledge about it, I used teach and help my little brother, sisters and the kids on kindergarten school here in our place.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Many moons ago, when I was a little kid of elementary-school age, I attended a Vacation Bible School at a local neighborhood church. We made shoebox dioramas and I chose to copy a scene of Washington DC with the reflecting pool and the Washington Monument. It was fun and educational. I'm almost age 60, and I still never made it to Washington DC, but at least my diorama taught me some history!

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      Caromite 4 years ago

      I loved to make dioramas when I was a child. Your lens is very inspiring to try it out again :)

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      Go-Modern 4 years ago

      OMG Id forgotten these even existed! Lovely idea for my neice & I to do together.

    • Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

      I met a university student from Germany who made very elaborate dioramas as an artform, they were quite spectacular! I enjoyed your lens on this subject, I am looking for Squidtastic ideas to share with my granddaughter:) thanx!

    • mouse1996 lm 4 years ago

      I remember doing these in school. They were so much fun.

    • BarrettCoffen 4 years ago

      Cool idea! :)

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      awesome ideas

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks! I'm sending this link to the parents of my second graders, so they can get some ideas. Your information is simple, and interesting. We're making animal dioramas, and if I can figure out how to do it, I'll send you a couple of photos!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      My daughter needs to make a solar system diorama. Was looking for inspiration and found your site. Got some useful tips off here but would be great if you had some cut outs or something else on the solar system. Thanks

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      second visit to take another look, this time can leave you a blessing. Great lens. As an artist this gives me lots of ideas for 3-D paper sculptures/models.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Brilliant ideas! Thanks!

    • dellgirl 4 years ago

      Thanks for the directions on how to Make a Shoebox Diorama, itâs very helpful!

    • DecoratingMom411 4 years ago

      A shoe box diorama let students showcase their creative skills. I wonder why school teachers never ask their students to have this project nowadays.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      Fun project. Kids enjoy making these.

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      carocwn 4 years ago

      I remember making these at school long ago. Nice lens.

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      daisychainsaw lm 4 years ago

      What a great lens! Some great ideas here, thanks!

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      jcalbon lm 4 years ago

      What fabulous tips for making dioramas! They were always such a fun project for school.

    • angharad 3 years ago

      Oh, I love these! I used to make dioramas when I was a kid.

    • laurenrich 3 years ago

      This is an excellent lens on making diorama. It has great instructions amd pictures to help. Thanks for sharing.

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      chiptuning 3 years ago

      Thanks, good ideas for the next school project of my son...

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      knitstricken 3 years ago

      Jimmie, Jimmie, Jimmie. Your lenses make me smile! Someday I hope to do a dioramma lens as well. Just wanted to stop in and say Hello and thank you for all of your good works!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      cute and simple! :)

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      Find-Online 3 years ago

      You gave lots of great ideas here. It looks like a lot of fun!

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      PinkstonePictures 3 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      I used to love making these when I was younger. Thanks for the memory

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      EzLoanLookUp LM 3 years ago

      Ha, quick simple way to make one of these. I used to use play-dough for them too, just to add to the realism.

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      Valerie Bloom 3 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I just stumbled upon this lens at the perfect time! My son is preparing to do his first ever diorama for school! Thanks for the great tips.

    • Aunt-Mollie 3 years ago

      This is a wonder, creative idea for kids. Your pictures truly add a great deal to this article. Enjoyed.

    • gelrunningshoes 3 years ago

      Awesome lens! I passed it along to my kids to use some of your creative ideas for school:) Thanks!

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      imagelist lm 3 years ago

      A really helpful lens...

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      Sara2901 3 years ago

      I used to do these for my kids summer reading projects. You have some good ideas here.

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      Cynthia Haltom 3 years ago from Diamondhead

      These are wonderful projects for children to do during the summer months. Parents could use them to keep children engaged in reading and them making the story into a diorama to keep them focused on their reading skills.

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      socialcx1 3 years ago

      Our grandkids love this stuff and I suspect so does granny.

    • RANADEEP 3 years ago

      Very woderful and creative idea,gret work.You have done a very hard work,I think!athank you very much for sharing this great ideas!!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I like these

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      Jimmy J Oliver 3 years ago

      Hi nice lens you got there and ranking well. My grandson Callum is going to be real busy on Tuesday when he comes visiting

      Have given you a squidlike.

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      ikeephouse 3 years ago

      Love the 3-D pyramid. We'll have to try that. We always end up doing animal scenes.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      What fantastic ideas and resources - a great tool for children to have fun and learn at the same time!

    • tonyleather 3 years ago

      fascinating lens, full of ideas! Thanks!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Very creative idea. Good for kids.

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      neat!

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      Great idea! I think I will try it.

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