Camp Diorama Box
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 8 and up
Parental supervision is recommended
Recycle any snack or cracker box into this fun miniature version of a campsite. Let your imagination steer the way!
What you'll need:
- Cardboard box (snack crackers, cereal, etc)
- Acrylic paint: black and light blue
- Green felt
- Spanish moss
- Dirt or sand
- Cardstock or construction paper
- Tissue paper: red, orange, yellow
- Plastic ferns
- White craft glue
How to make it:
- Cut the flaps off of the box. (See photo.)
- Cut the front off of the box, leaving a ½" wide lip. (See photo.)
- Lay box down on its remaining large side. Paint the sides and lip of the box with black paint. (See photo.)
- Paint the sides on the inside of the box light blue. (See photo.)
- Cut a piece of green felt to fit on the floor of your diorama. Glue the felt in place.
- Cut a rectangle from cardstock or construction paper and fold in half to make a tent. Glue to the felt.
- Break twigs into small pieces. Glue some in a stack by the tent and create a campfire with several others. (See photo.)
- Use some larger twigs to create trees along the side of the box opposite your tent. Use a generous amount of glue and some glue along the lip, it will dry clear. (See photo.)
- Line the base of your "trees" with Spanish moss.
- Cut the tops of the plastic fern plants to create pine trees. Glue them along the light blue sides of your diorama.
- Pipe a thick line of white glue along the front of the diorama to create a walking path. Smooth it a bit with your finger. Immediately sprinkle dirt or sand onto the glue and tap off the excess. You can use a dry paintbrush to clean up any remaining dirt.
- Allow everything to dry completely and display!
- This craft is rated for older children simply because of the small details used. You can make this craft more suitable for smaller kids by using a larger box and larger pieces.
- Instead of a tent, create a cabin using craft sticks and hot glue.
- Create a creek instead of a walking path using blue construction paper or blue cellophane.