Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

July 12, 2013


A few months ago my mom asked me if I wanted a round box she had and was going to toss out.  At first I said, 'Nah, that's OK,' but then I changed my mind because I figured I could always find a use for it.  After I got it home, I thought maybe I could try to make a diorama with it.  I kind of remember making a diorama when I was a little kid from a shoe box.  After googling various diorama pictures, I decided to try an underwater scene, looking out from a porthole window.  

I started by lining the inside with light and dark blue watery-looking paper.  The outside of the box and lid are done in silver cardstock.  

I purchased the treasure chest from a pet store in the aquarium department, and removed the little hoses, then glued extra rhinestones, flattened gold bead caps and shells to the base.  Rather than make a mess gluing a sandy bottom in the box, I used sandpaper.  

One of my friends said that my sharks look happy.  I used fishing line, pearl beads and fish ephemera too.

I'd cut a hole in the box lid and put a clear sheet of plastic in like a window, and then used black-topped thumbtacks for the porthole rivets.  I realize that the ship or submarine would also be resting on the bottom of the ocean floor to see this view but oh well!!!  I am pleased with the way it came out.  I would like to add some nautical rope around the outside of the box but I haven't found any yet.  


  1. Well sure those sharks are happy; lookit all the food just swimming by, totally oblivious to their presence behind them?

    Great project JoJo! Love the porthole with rivets; nice touch!

  2. What a great idea! So adorable!

    I love your header photo...fantastic!!!


  3. This is awesome!! I absolutely love it. Thank you for the heads up about the missing word. :P I fixed it!! YAY. I so appreciate your good eye.


  4. I've always liked dioramas, too. You did a great job, JoJo. I like that porthole effect.

    Have you ever seen the Civil War diorama/cyclorama that used to be at Grant's park in Atlanta - a life size depiction of a battle of that time. I showed it to hubs on one of our trips to visit family. It's impressive.

  5. Anonymous1:53 PM

    Inventive, as ever :0)

  6. Your sharks really do look happy. I thought the pearl beads on the fishing line were a great touch.

  7. I'm liking this. Tanks very much.

    Have a lovely weekend :)


  8. I think this one came out pretty cool! Sorry the fairies in a jar was a fail, didn't look so bad from what I could see in the photos. Glad you had a nice 4th too :)

  9. This is SO charming!!! Love it. I have a thing for treasure chests (not my desire for riches, I just love the fantasy and folklore and mystery that tend to go with them) and this one is adorable!

  10. Thanks everyone!! It was fun to make and as always, I was sad to finish it.

  11. I love what you did here. Beautiful job, JoJo. It reminds me that, in school, we were assigned to create dioramas. That was always fun. I don't think kids nowadays have a clue what it is.


  12. Anonymous1:03 AM

    Wow. That's really cool! I've never thought about making one of these but I'm thinking about it now! Thanks for sharing your awesome project. I love it! :)

  13. Lovely,you have great ideas.


  14. Wonderful use of your mother's round tin. You gave it a fantastic new life and your diorama is absolutely delightful.

    ps - love the way you constructed the porthole - rivets and all. Very clever of you. :)

  15. That looks so cool! You are quite creative.