When finished, your 3D drawing will appear as a small window into a twisted world of your creation. Wow and amaze your friends! Dazzle your... your...
OK I ran out of 1950s product gimmicks. You could give this to someone and hang it on a wall, either way it will make people ask questions, and when they do, tell them the Internet taught you. The Internet taught you a LOT of things.
But if you're ready to do this, let's go to the first step!
Step 1: To Arms!
- A plastic box or a plastic picture frame. My local Pearl Paint was going out of business and their dreadful financial loss was my gain as I got these for almost $1 each.
- A ruler
- A pencil
- An X-ACTO Knife (refer to safety information in the picture)
- Your preferred art materials such as spraypaint and markers (human blood and tar are okay too!)
- Some card stock
Not pictured here:
- 1/4" thick foam board
- Spare cardboard
- My sense of self-worth ( couldnt find it )
Step 2: Trace the Box & Sketch Art
I chose a city scene, because New York City is my favorite place where I can eat a hot dog and watch two bums fight over a Winnie the Pooh blanket at the same time.
I started to draw those things that I just mentioned in the paragraph above that I won't repeat. So go back and read it. I'll wait.
Label what you plan on putting where, so you don't forget like me. Clouds usually do not sit 3 feet away from you, which I learned in school. The hard way. There was detention.
Step 3: Finish Your Artwork
Your background should be a piece of paper the size of the entire plastic frame. When you draw the background, remember what items you plan on placing in front of it, that way you don't waste your time drawing every brick on a wall only to put a tree in front of it. Try to draw a little bit "behind" the objects, that way if people try to look around them, they will be pleasantly surprised at your attention to detail.
The front-most objects can be stuck directly to the inner face of the plastic, but don't make them too large, as you'll obscure all the great things behind it (unless you're recreating a scene of your first date, in which case I suggest putting a big gym sock in the front because no one wants to see that)
Draw each layer separately, so you're not actually cutting into your backdrop or props. Think like you're creating a set for a play, or 5th-grade diorama of Lincoln's assassination (more detention for that one)
Step 4: Cut out Your Props & Background
Step 5: Review / Arrange your Scene
Step 6: Cut a Cardboard Frame
Either way, be inventive and come up with a way to cut a piece of cardboard (or even plastic) to protect the backdrop. Use measurements, most small plastic frames are 1" in depth. Cut out the corners and fold them up to meet the edges and see how well it will fit.
If you're following this to the T and you have a 3.5" x 5" plastic frame, then a box of Rice-A-Roni actually fits it to an unsettling degree, and it probably has something to do with the freemasons / numerology / Copernicus / Loose Change. All I know is that it was Spanish Flavored, if that helps. Don't tape it up yet, because we're about to do the next step.
Step 7: Glue your Backdrop to the Cardboard
Step 8: Add Foam to your Props
Step 9: Apply your Foreground
I recommend cleaning the inside of the box first with soap and water because this will be your last chance to access the inside of it. I also recommend spray glue because I am not sure of what else you can use on paper and plastic that will dry clear.
Step 10: Add Plastic Box / Finish Cardboard Frame
If everything looks good to you, it is up to you where you'd like to go with the cardboard frame. You could use painters' tape to keep the edges together, or you could go back to the glue and assemble it that way. The "housing" is the only real wild card in this Instructable, because it could be created in so many ways, either with wood, metal, plastic, or cardboard. I like the way cardboard and tape look to give a "DIY" feel, but I'm sure people with real talent can make this look like someone hasn't tried to fix their radiator with a roll of tape and an old TV Guide.
Step 11: Finishing Touches
Bonus tip: I used a length of stiff wire to go through the frame before I taped and painted it, that way it could actually be hung up somewhere.
Step 12: You're Done!
This is much better than a regular drawing, because what you have created is not just an image, but a location. These make great gifts, either for last minute birthdays or just really because you were bored and ran out of beer (that's not why I made this I swear). There's also a stereographic 3D pic down there so get out your glasses and look! Ha, you look ridiculous in them!
Future ideas: with a soldering iron, some wire, and a switch, you could add subtle but great LED effects to your scenes. A glowing window in a building, a mountain of burning tires, the cold, glowing eyes of a robot, or maybe romantic candle-lit dinner. In a black hole. Let me see what you come up with and thanks for reading! Remember to tip your waitress.