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Ski Slopes 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.

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 7 2003


  • Ham can (tin)

  • Styrofoam (an old cooler)

  • Bump chenille stems (pipe cleaners)

  • White glue

  • White paint

  • Borax

  • Figurines

  • Plastic wrap

  • White rubber band


  1. To make the snowy scene, trace a well-washed ham can onto a piece of 1/2-inch-thick Styrofoam (an old cooler works well) five times. A grown-up should use a kitchen knife to cut slope shapes: The background layer should be full size; cut increasingly lower slopes from the other layers.

  2. Glue in place. Cut bump chenille stems (fancy pipe cleaners) to make trees, trimming bristles off of bottom 1/4 inch of each for a trunk. To dust trees with snow, brush on white glue and sprinkle with borax, or spatter on white paint.

  3. Poke trees into foam. Glue figurines, from a model-train store, into position. Stretch plastic wrap over the container, and secure with a white rubber band.

  4. Using a toothbrush, spatter the plastic wrap with white paint for snow.

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