This was such a fun project to tackle...especially since I don't do a lot with paper these days. Thank goodness I had the motivation of SYTYC to try. I'm so pleased with how the diorama turned out.
I will show you how I made my diorama, but please be sure to see Larissa's beautiful dioramas at mmmcrafts for more inspiration. For the uninitiated, her blog is an amazing feast for the eyes. Check out her house diorama, little red diorama, winterscape diorama, and family clothesline. Amazing.
- A shadow box frame. This one is 8x10, and was purchased at Michaels.
- An 8x10 photo of the house you want to create. I just printed a copy on my ink jet.
- A variety of cardstock in colors of your house and yard. Try to get a variety of textures, too.
- Craft foam. I used the thin and thick stuff found at Michaels.
- Adhesives. I used glue dots, a permanent glue stick, and tacky glue for this project. (I found the glue stick wasn't really sticky enough, though.)
- Cutting tools, including an exacto knife or two, scissors, and a scrapbooking straight cutter if you have one. I also used a single hole punch.
- Measuring tools/straight edge. (I used my quilting ruler)
- Scratch paper
- and plan on making a trial diorama for practice, which you see in the photo above.
Preliminary step, divide your house into layers. For mine, the bottom layer is the main rectangle of the house and roof. The second is the first gable, the third is the porch. Then determine how many layers you want for the landscape. I have three, for the inner lawn, the driveway, and the outer lawn.
Now, for the fun part. Using scratch paper, sketch the basic shapes of your layers. Keep it simple.
Using the same technique of tracing the shape, making a scratch paper model to make sure of accuracy, trace and cut out the next shape. In this case, it's the front gable. Once the cardstock is cut out, mount it on the thin foam to create the feeling of depth. I used a different type of cardstock so the difference between the main house and the gable were defined a little more.
The third layer for my house is the porch. I traced the shape of the porch as I did the other features. this was also backed with foam.
Finally, I glued the rest of the windows and front door, trimming out as I did the other pieces. I used the original photo as the guide for the size of each detail. I did make the columns a little beefier than in real life so they would be strong enough on their own. There is a front step and door knob, if you look close. Here's the photo again for reference:
I included some shrubbery shapes along the base of the house, and a grass layer to the sides of the house.
Landscaping. I traced the shape of the lawn against the house, and included the whole rest of the photo. This is important, because you are still building up your layers.
I like that the landscaping up against the house is still visible, but the new layer has a depth all its own.
For my house, this is the driveway. I used the same tracing method, and picked a gray paper to represent the gravel.
For the last layer, I did defined the driveway with the foreground grass. I also designed two trees. We actually have trees, but right now they are still young and somewhat small. I drew bigger trees for dramatic effect. I traced out one tree shape, and then cut out two that were mirror images of each other.
I had a difficult time getting good photos of the diorama in the frame because of the reflection off the glass. The whole things looks a lot better in person. This photo was taken with the flash on, and you loose a lot of the perception of depth.
Happily displayed in our home:
Linking to: The Girl Creative, Sugar Bee Craft Edition, Life in My PJs, Someday Crafts, Women Who Do It All, and Blue Cricket Design.
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My Favorite Project of 2010! linked at Tatertots and Jello.