To build a diorama, paint an interior setting, prepare theme-related objects to go inside the box and decorate the exterior of the box with paper or paint. A diorama is used to exhibit a theme, scientific fact or some other subject. To complete a diorama, you need a box, glue, construction paper, paint, scissors, coloring tools and small plastic figurines if desired.
- Create a background
Use construction paper or paint to create a background on the interior of the box. Tempera paint is a good choice for painting the background, which should reflect the theme of the diorama. For themes based on the outdoors, include clouds, grass, plants and the ground.
- Make the objects and place them inside the diorama
Draw and cut out theme-related objects using scissors, construction paper and glue. Color and assemble the objects. Glue the objects in the diorama. For a nature-themed diorama, create animals, trees or other natural objects to show off the theme.
- Add small figurines
For a more elaborate diorama, use small figurines to convey the theme of the diorama. Use glue to secure them to the bottom of the box.
- Decorate the exterior
Decorate the exterior of the diorama with paint or construction paper to complete the project, adding color or a label stating the theme.