This simple diorama takes well under an hour and, if you already have the resources, costs nothing.
Step 1: Resources
*kids book to cut up (the larger the book the larger the box for the diorama, the smaller the book the smaller the box for the diorama). I used a book that had pages that were fairly sturdy so they would stand up. Most books are sturdy enough but avoid flimsy books.
*strong clear glue (I use Helmar 450, this glue is a multipurpose clear glue that is 55% acetone, it is similar to Fabric Glue and Fabric Glue will probably work just as well).
I chose a Richard Scarry book that I have 3 copies of.
Step 2: Choose a Page
I chose a theme that was common throughout this book; vehicles.
You need to make the page you will use for your box into a square so you can make the origami box.
Then cut out your pieces for the decorations. Cut them out carefully around the lines for the best result.
Step 3: Fold Your Box
I'm not even going to confuse you with my instructions for doing this. Check out these instructables, https://www.instructables.com/id/Origami-box/ and https://www.instructables.com/id/Classic-Origami-Box/. And, this site has some pretty good instructions http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-box.html
I then glue the 4 corners down (which are now right in the middle) to make the box sturdy and neat. I just lift up the 4 pieces and smear on the glue stick., then stick down.
Step 4: Add Your Pieces
Don't glue them to the back wall, stagger them within the scene, making it 3d. This book was quite a heavy paper that happily stood up with the helmar glue just on the bottoms (the wheels). This is also why a good clear glue is needed, so your characters and scenery stand up without you having to go to extra affort with little stands or card behind your paper pieces.
The sun and plane at the top are glued to the edges of the box.
Step 5: DONE!
You can also draw your own parts for this diorama and turn it into a unique piece of artwork. These boxes are great as little decorations for your desk :)