Anyone ever have to make a diorama of the solar system? I sure did. Mine was pretty standard: Paint the back of the shoe box black, painted Styrofoam ball planets dangling from thread. Little did I know that out there in the world, clever folks were whipping up infinitely more creative diorama art from cardboard, figurines, and unexpected materials, like laundry detergent. There’s a good bit of variety here. Some are small, some are DIY, some are purchased, some are artist-created, some just offer ideas. The only thing I won’t cover here are the Peeps dioramas from the yearly Washington Post Peeps diorama contests at Easter. (As a DC resident, I follow those pretty closely, and there are just too many awesome ones to share here.)
Make your own cute sardine can dioramas at Handmade Charlotte.
Love this kitty cat shadow box at this etsy shop.
This laundry bottle diorama from The Magic of Ordinary Things is the cutest thing ever.
You must see this collection of dioramas from the Victoria and Albert museum that artists created. Shown are “I Always Dreamed of an Underwater Aquarium Bathroom” by Katy Christianson and “Molly’s Favourite Things” by Molly Meg.
Check out these ring boxes turned dioramas by Talwst.
Check out this diorama in a walnut at Apricot Jam.
Make this Paris diorama at Tea on the Moon.
Check out all these Star Wars dioramas.
I really want this Golden Girls diorama.
Beautiful dioramas by Mar Illustrations.
I’ve always loved this ham can diorama at Martha Stewart.