In honor of Bean McLean/Frijole/Se(?)
This is how to make a diorama out of things you would throw away. It has a lamp with a working light and added toys. I only show how to make the table, mirror, lamp, and window with curtains. Enjoy!
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Step 1: The Box’s Dimensions
(I recommend using a box with the flaps on the top, so you can just
snip them off, whereas if you have a long box with the flaps on the sides, you'll have to glue them together to make a wall.)
Cut off one face of the box, then on the opposite side, a rectangular to make the window. Cutting off the top is optional, it just depends on whether you want the room to be darkened and just brightened by the window, or airy.
Step 2: The Wallpaper
To make the wallpaper, I used blue construction paper, measuring the walls and space taken by the windows. I use liquid cement to glue things, but be careful with it because it's extremely flammable.
Step 3: Window Glass (Optional)
Adding glass is optional. Any kind of plastic will do. But I used glass from a tiny broken picture frame. To my surprise, it fit perfectly! I glued it to the cardboard. You can cut glass according to the size of your window, but I don’t have glass-cutting materials. I have coincidence.
Step 4: Carpeting
To make the carpeting, I used rough, red cloth, which worked really well, but any other kind of cloth, even soft, works great.
You can flip the box around and measure the bottom, or just trace it out and use a rotary cutter for the cloth. Kind of a cheat.
Glue it on and hemming is optional so that the threads won’t stick out.
Step 5: Curtains for the Window
I thought the window looked awfully bare, so I added pretty curtains. To make the curtain rod, I used a red straw, and cut it lengthwise to the window, then took two pearls from a broken necklace and glued them onto the sides of the straw. I took some red lace cloth and cut two strips, gluing them to the straw. I then glued the entire curtain to the top of the window.
Step 6: A Table for the Lamp
The lacy table is made of a top of a Gerber jar, the tube from the aluminum foil, some lace, and a little silky, white cloth.
Cut an inch or so of the tube and glue it under the Gerber top. Then cut the white cloth and glue it over the Gerber top. Lastly, glue the lace around the Gerber top. Glue it on the carpet anywhere you’d like, but if you’re going to add the light to the lamp, glue the table to a corner of choice.
Step 7: An Additional Mirror (Optional)
Cut out a rectangle of cardboard. Slip a piece of aluminum foil of the same measuring over the cardboard piece. Paint a frame with the color of choice first, allow it to dry, then glue it over aluminum. Then attach it to one wall.
Step 8: The Lamp
Remove brush and ensure all remaining bits of nail polish are dry.
Paint with the desired color and glue the foamy-thing to the back of the polish jar's neck, making the lampshade appear as though it's not touching the lamp.
Step 9: Light for the Lamp (Optional)
Like I said in the title of this step, this step is optional. In case you're already satisfied with your diorama, you don't have to add the light. But I did.
Glue the foam on the neck of the nail polish container, and on one the left wall. Cut out a small hole through the back wall using a needle and then a scissor blade. The hole has to be big enough for the light's bulb to fit through.
Behind the diorama, glue the light (LED) to the back, as far from the window as possible. You may have to keep the diorama sitting face down to help the glue dry to stick the light. Once the light is installed, glue the other end of the lamp's shade beside the window. Then you can turn on the light.
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