Ocean Diorama


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.

What You'll Need


  • 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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