School holidays are a big problem for those who have kids at their home. Children, that too sitting idle, are sure to get naughty and create some or the other trouble. In such cases, the best way to keep them occupied is by engaging them in a craft. One easy and very entertaining craft for kids is a diorama. It usually comprises of a cardboard or shoebox, in which you can re-create an entire scene. All you will be required to do is give the kids all the supplies and they will soon be doing the rest. If you want to know how to make/build you own diorama, make use of the information given below.
Tips for Making a Diorama
- First of all, you will need to decide the exact scene that you want to re-create through the diorama. It might be Jurassic park, beach party, wedding, doll house, and so on.
- In order to have an exact idea as to how you want the diorama to look, it is better to first prepare a sketch of the exact scene. This will also help make the correct placements in the diorama.
- Next, keeping the sketch in mind, make a list of all the things that you would need to create that exact scene in your diorama. Use a variety of materials and assemble all of them together.
- As far as the figurines to be used for the diorama are concerned, you can either buy them from the market or make them at home. In the latter case, you can make use of clay, cut outs and cardboard or Plaster of Paris.
- Make a base for the diorama, where you will create the entire scene. You can use a cardboard or even a shoebox for the purpose. Make sure that the box is sturdy and is of the right size.
- Next, you will be required to use colorful paper drawing for creating the perfect background for the diorama. You can make your own drawing with colors, use a wrapping sheet or get a printout.
- Start building your diorama, making sure to move from the back to the front. Always create the horizon and the floor first. Thereafter, move to place the large objects.
- Small objects should always be placed the last and the closest to the front. This is because if you place them at the far back, they are most likely to be missed.
- Use a strong glue or putty for securing the objects. Otherwise, you might encounter the misfortune of having all the objects falling apart, even at the slightest of touch.
- Keep even the smallest details in mind. This is the only way you can make your diorama almost real.
- If you want, you can attach a paragraph on the top of the box, describing the scene that you have attempted to present through your diorama.