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A Dinosaur Diorama in Se7en Steps…

March 12th, 2009 · 4 Comments

This was our inspiration:


Hood #3 has been working on her own private garden spot on top of the tumble dryer for the last couple of weeks (I knew we had a reason for owning a tumble dryer). But when she added dinosaurs to her garden and when after a week of reading about dinosaurs for school the only dinosaur she could name was a “Tri-hairy-cops” I knew it was time to do something more…

So this is what we are aiming for:


Meet the Players:

  • Good crayons and card
  • Modeling clay
  • A box – big or small the world is your oyster
  • We had a few houseplants (!)
  • Anything else you think will add to the atmosphere
  • Colored plastic (cellophane) to put over the top as a finishing touch.

And Play the Game: Here we go in se7en steps:

Step 1: We drew some wild backgrounds on cardboard.


Well some were wilder than others:


Step 2: We needed some dinosaurs so we grabbed a packet of modeling clay – any old sort will do. In fact when we ran out of modeling clay we moved on to play-do that I know will dry hard in a couple of days. We made teeny tiny dinosaurs. Note to the mother person to get more modeling clay and one packet is not really enough for our whole crew!




Step 3: Cut a window in your box… and stop to plot and plan: We had back drops and dinosaurs… but we still needed to our vegetation.


Step 4: Organize your vegi-top garden. These are so easy to make just take your vegi-tops and cut them off straight, place them in a thin layer of water and watch them grow… We divided them up onto a couple of jar lids.


Step 5: We snipped and trimmed our back drops and cut a few trees to pop up in the center. Then they all went into the box.



Step 6: We put the foliage into the box and then added a few little dinosaurs…


The pterodactyls we added on skewer sticks that we just lent against the trees.


Step 7: We taped some colored plastic (cellophane) over the top for great effect!



And you are done!!!

Take a peek:


This project can obviously be extended to any type of beastly environments… it is just a matter of having a box handy… never a problem in our house! We once did brilliant ones in party boxes for an undersea party: scroll down the link till you find it.

If you are looking foe more dinosaur crafts then look no further than the Crafty Crow, which recently had a great dinosaur round-up.

That’s it – Have Fun!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shirley Ann Vels // Mar 13, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Loved this craft! What a fab end result. will tuck this little gem away in my planning book for when we do dinosours!

  • 2 se7en // Mar 13, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Hi S, Glad you liked it, it was a lot of fun and I think it will be gracing our tumble dryer for a couple of weeks. Have a great weekend!

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