How Do You Make a Rainforest Diorama in a Shoebox?

To make a rainforest diorama, cut, shape, glue and decorate a selection of drawn animals and plant life together, while placing them into a shoebox. There are several different mediums that can come together to create an image of a rainforest, such as paper and markers.

A rainforest diorama is a fun craft where children can create lifelike environments and habitats. The materials required for a diorama are listed here:

  • Shoebox
  • Card stock paper
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Paint brush
  • Crepe paper
  • Small box

Before constructing the diorama, be sure to design the trees, plants and animals that will be used beforehand. The following instructions explain how to properly make a rainforest diorama.

  1. Permanently open the shoebox
  2. Take the small box and glue it on the crease of the shoebox so it can permanently keep the lid from closing.

  3. Paint the box
  4. Paint the inside of the box green.

  5. Place the trees
  6. Place the trees inside the shoebox. Be sure to keep them spaced from each other to allow room for the other animals.

  7. Place the plant life
  8. Take the leaves, ferns and other plants and place them inside the box.

  9. Place the animals inside the box
  10. Take the animals and place them on the trees and around the plants. Add details to the plant life and ground to give it a more realistic flare, such as using rolled up pieces of crepe paper to make vines.