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Ocean Diorama

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 7 2003


Conceiving a diorama is an adventure in scale and spatial relationships. Choose a container, then put yourself in the shoes of one of its future inhabitants.


  • Sardine tin (well washed and dried)

  • Cardboard

  • Nautical map

  • Blue paper

  • Shells

  • Twigs

  • Toy Birds

  • Cutout images (from sardine label)

  • Cheesecloth

  • Fish cutout

  • Card stock

  • Sand

  • Rope


  1. For background, trace bottom of well-washed sardine tin onto cardboard and a nautical map, and cut out; glue map onto cardboard, then glue inside tin.

  2. Cut waves from blue paper, making tabs on bottom and sides for attaching to can; glue in place. Glue on shells, twigs, toy birds, and cutout images photocopied from sardine label, and cheesecloth for a net.

  3. To make free-floating fish, glue fish cut out to one end of card stock strip folded at each end; glue other end to background.

  4. Brush glue on floor of diorama; sprinkle with sand. To hang diorama, tape rope to back.

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