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DIY Dioramas Done Right

egg diorama

Remember last week when I was obsessed with the embroidered egg and mentioned making an diorama? Over the weekend I found one on Pinterest and had to share. Pretty cool, huh?

So this got me exploring for DIY diorama ideas. The surprising thing was, not only are so many mediums used to create dioramas, the actual 3-D structure that contains them can be equally as creative. I found it very exciting to see many recycled containers used for dioramas – that don’t look scrappy.

My Favorite DIY Diorama Ideas

Diorama in a recycled ham can

1. Calling all ski bunnies who are going to tumble skis over poles for this one – myself included. This diorama was crafted using a Spam (ham) container. It also is reusing sheets of styrofoam. This is beyond adorable. Here’s another thing. It looks like this is a wall hanging. Interesting. I wonder if she used a flush mount? So if you’re going to make this one, be sure to add your wall hanging attachment to the back (bottom of can) before adding the design elements.

Laundry diorama in a recycled laundry detergent bottle

2. I found this one on Pinterest and had to share. Not really sure what you’d do with this, except be totally giddy about making it. This would be a nice addition to the domestic diva in training dollhouse.

Altoids container upcycled into a diorama

3. Mint circus anyone? This is the perfect pocket-sized project for meticulous hands…or for when you’ve run out of ideas for repurposing your Altoids container.

Nature crafts in a shadow box

4. This truly artisan diorama comes from Working Birds Studio. I wouldn’t say this is anything short of expert work, but for those of us who may just be experimenting, this inspires some really fun fodder for shadow box dioramas.

Tea cup diorama

5. Gold rimmed china and Star Wars, hmmm? Not a combo you see everyday. But, I’m not going to say it isn’t super cool! Thank you Fairy & Snail!

More Green Diorama Ideas

1. How about a Halloween diorama. Just carve out your pumpkin and fill it with a spooky scene.

2. Like the laundry detergent container, make a diorama out of a milk jug.

3. Boxes with windows in front – like a package of greeting cards would come in – works perfect. They’re usually sturdy, decorative boxes to begin with.

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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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6 Responses to DIY Dioramas Done Right

  1. Lucy Schmidt December 16, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Very clever ideas. Since I’m trying to declutter, I find myself tossing out things like this I’ve saved because “I can make something out of that.” I may have to rethink my strategy. ;-)

    • Eve December 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

      Great point! That’s where we have to strike the balance between repurposing/upcycling and making ourselves crazy with clutter.

  2. Jon Haver @ PayMyStudentLoans.com December 18, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Awesome! Thanks for the great ideas.
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  3. jooles January 20, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    I love them! I had never known what they were called before, so thank you for that!
    Wishing you a very happy week
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    • Eve January 20, 2014 at 10:42 am #

      I didn’t know what they were called until my son went to kindergarten. I was like – he has to make a what?

  4. Vicki September 15, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    I love all of these ideas! Thanks for sharing them.

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