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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.

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


  • Shoe box

  • Multicolored paper

  • Scissors

  • Ruler

  • Glue

  • Glue stick

  • Circle cutter

  • Deckled-edge scissors

  • Edgers with a wavy blade


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

  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. 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.

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