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Project

Making Dioramas with Emma Redmond

You can make a diorama of just about anything: a garden, your favorite city, or an underwater scene. Emma Redmond joined Martha to create a diorama of a forest.

Materials

  • Shoe box
  • Multicolored paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Glue stick
  • Circle cutter
  • Deckled-edge scissors
  • Edgers with a wavy blade

Steps

  1. Step 1

    For the background, cut a piece of paper about 1/2 inch larger all around than the back of the shoe box, so that when you glue it, it comes up onto the sides. Glue a paper rectangle to each of the inner sides.

  2. Step 2

    Make the floor. Martha composed the picture vertically, so she used a small rectangle for the floor. Cut out a rectangle and use a glue stick to glue down the floor.

  3. Step 3

    Use a circle cutter to cut a hole in the top of the box. This lets in light, much like a spotlight.

  4. Step 4

    Cut out different shapes for your diorama, such as trees. To make branches, use deckled-edge scissors to cut out the shape from brown paper. To make the leaves, use edgers with a wavy blade to cut strips of green paper. Cut in between the wavy strips to create pairs of leaves, and glue leaves to branch.

  5. Step 5

    Next, arrange our objects inside the box. When making a diorama, you want to create an illusion of depth, so smaller objects will go in back, and larger objects go in front. Glue in the branch. Martha made the branch a little bit longer than the width of the box and folded over tabs on each end; the tabs are then glued to the sides of the box. Martha embellished her diorama with an owl, bear, mushrooms, and a bird.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television

Reviews (1)

  • bobbyjean 15 May, 2008

    woodlands
    ocean
    flowers
    farm