How I Made a Shoebox Diorama

A diorama is a fun way to build a scene inside of a frame or box. Many of us had to make dioramas for school projects when we were children. I haven’t been a student at an elementary school for several years, but I still love to make dioramas. It’s the perfect way to have some creative fun and recycle an old shoe box.

Continue reading below to see how I did this latest project.




  • Shoebox
  • Cardstock (various colors)
  • Floral Embellishments
  • Artificial Moss
  • Decorative Wrapping Paper
  • Cricut Explore Air (a cutting machine that’s optional for this project)
  • Glue Stick
  • Glue Gun
  • Foam Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors



  • The first step is to choose a theme for the diorama. I like going to fairs, so I decided to create a dimensional scene that reminds me of my local county fair.
  • The next step is to gather all the supplies. Make sure you have enough material to fill the shoebox. You also want to ensure that the supplies and embellishments match the theme.



(I made the Ferris wheel and carousel with pink, white, and gold papers and my Cricut cutting machine.)


  • The most fun part of this craft project is adding all the different elements to the diorama. I started off by cutting and gluing the decorative wrapping paper inside of the shoebox. The wrapping paper is the background. After that step, I used a hot glue gun to adhere all the different figures, embellishments, moss, etc. inside the box until I created a beautiful scene.



Here are some links to more detailed tutorials on how to make a diorama:




Thanks for reading!



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