Dioramas are a great way to capture a certain habitat to understand the changing seasons. It’s time to get creative- because everyone is going to have a different idea of what fall means to them, and everyone may have different materials! Focusing on one specific habitat and recreating it with an old cereal or shoebox is a great way to do this!
What will you need?
- A shoebox or cereal box
- Hot glue gun and regular glue stick or mod podge
- Paint or colored pencils, markers
- Twigs and branches
- Seeds and fluff from dead plants
- Autumn leaves
- Brown paper bag and construction or tissue paper
- Colorful clay
- Any other items used to create animals
To make your diorama, start by venturing out into the forest and collecting your materials. You’ll want to make sure that your box is all cut and ready to place your materials inside. You can paint the inside of the box with any habitat background of your choosing. Once the background is painted, glue your materials and habitat items inside! If you want to add animals, you can use magazine cutouts, small figurines, or clay to create your own!
– Written by Ali Gish, Bucks Audubon Intern