How to Make a Winter Diorama


Creating a winter diorama is a fun indoor activity for both children and adults, especially during bitter-cold days when it's hard to head outside and brave the weather. Once you master basic winter dioramas, try out different themes. For instance, you can create an Alaskan diorama with sled dogs, igloos and indigenous peoples, or a Swiss Alps diorama, complete with yodelers, skiers and St. Bernards.

Things You'll Need

  • Shoebox
  • Small Styrofoam balls
  • Toothpicks
  • Multicolored glitter
  • Aluminum foil
  • Felt, in various colors
  • Yarn
  • Cotton
  • White sewing thread
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Craft glue
  • Magic markers
  • Scotch tape
  • Construction paper
  • Typing paper
  • Paint the outside of the box. It can be all one color or you can employ elements such as snowflakes, snow-covered hills or children playing in a winter scene.

  • Create a backdrop by decorating the interior bottom and walls with paint and/or markers. You can create a sunny daytime scene or a moody nighttime backdrop that features stars and comets cut from aluminum foil or construction paper and glued to the background. You can also paint trees, houses or other objects on the diorama's back wall.

  • Connect three small Styrofoam balls by driving toothpicks into each one and attaching the balls to one another. This will serve as your snowman. Insert painted toothpicks into the body for arms. Glue on a felt scarf and add facial features by gluing on small pieces of felt and yarn or by drawing them with markers. With your knife, slice one-eighth to one-fourth inch off the bottom of snowman's base so that it's flat. Apply glue and firmly press the snowman to the diorama floor, either off to the side or in the middle.

  • Draw and color scenic items such as people, animals, trees and sleds on the cardboard. At the bottom of each scenic element, include a one-half- to three-quarters-inch-wide tab, which will be folded so that the figures can stand upright. Cut them out, fold the tabs so they are not visible from the front and tape or glue the figures to the floor of the diorama.

  • Pull your cotton balls apart a bit and glue them to the diorama floor to create a snowy landscape. Sprinkle multicolored glitter on the cotton for a shimmery effect.

  • Cut small snowflakes from white typing paper and glue them to segments of white sewing thread. These threads can vary in length from 1 to 3 inches. Tape the threads to the ceiling of your diorama. The effect you're going for is a light snowstorm, with the snowflakes falling at various heights inside the diorama.

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