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Project

Ocean Diorama

Introduction

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.

Materials

  • 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

Steps

  1. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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. Step 4

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

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 7 2003

Reviews (11)

  • SlimC 12 Aug, 2011

    I think the projects on this site are great!
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  • SlimC 12 Aug, 2011

    I think the projects on this site are great!
    I'm a professional sculptor and you can check out my work at
    http://www.slimcookartstudios.com

  • bluepeacocks 17 Jul, 2011

    We just went up to Maine and saw the Nubble lighthouse! This will be ideal project to do with my kid to commorate that part of the trip--also went to the aquarium there...wasn't that interesting exect I got to pet a shark! He acts like a cat swimming up in the tank to be petted! That part was really KOOL! Wish my kid would have done it--but did touch star fish at least :)

  • rock63roll64 6 Aug, 2010

    WHAT A CUTE IDEA! NOW GRANDKIDS AND I CAN DO ANOTHER BEACH CRAFT WITH ALL THOSE SHELLS WE COLLECT WHEN WE GO TO THE BEACH.
    THANKS!!

  • jonimacaroni 31 Jul, 2010

    Go on line and type in wallpaper Nautical and ask for a sample piece like you are going to purchase it, or go to a wallpaper store and ask if they have any old sample wallpaper books for free ,( bathroom prints) and use this paper, or look into magazines that feature summer things to do, or a travel info folder that is found at rest stops on the highway.

  • artsyalison 12 Jul, 2010

    Any idea where I can buy this starfish/sea star wallpaper?????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kizuna12 2 Jun, 2009

    Excellent idea! As I don't eat sardines, I found little tins (I think they were gift card holders) that had a seashell / vacation motif on the top. I glued the top to the back and printed out little pictures of lighthouses, sailboats, etc.
    They look adorable!

  • nancypa 12 Feb, 2009

    This is SO beautiful!!! What a great idea to use Altoids cans. Or I guess you could use Tuna cans too. We don't each sardines that often.

    One of the moms in our playgroup found this and we made a Craft Potluck party using these online signup sheets http://tinyurl.com/ccs8ow

    Great for a rainy/snow afternoon! Enjoy.

  • nancypa 12 Feb, 2009

    This is SO beautiful!!! What a great idea to use Altoids cans. Or I guess you could use Tuna cans too. We don't each sardines that often.

    One of the moms in our playgroup found this and we made a Craft Potluck party using these online signup sheets http://tinyurl.com/ccs8ow

    Great for a rainy/snow afternoon! Enjoy.

  • nancypa 12 Feb, 2009

    This is SO beautiful!!! What a great idea to use Altoids cans. Or I guess you could use Tuna cans too. We don't each sardines that often.

    One of the moms in our playgroup found this and we made a Craft Potluck party using these online signup sheets http://tinyurl.com/ccs8ow

    Great for a rainy/snow afternoon! Enjoy.

  • cynthiagiven 5 Jan, 2008

    It looks like this craft is just the way to use all those Altoids tins I've been accumulating!