Room Replica Diorama

I honestly don’t recall what prompted me to create this, but it was for a friendly colleague of mine who worked remotely. Anyway, I decided to create a miniature version of the conference room in our main office. Really, pick a room and go from there.

Materials:

  • Shoe box
  • Paints + brushes
  • Camera & printer
  • Popsicle sticks (tongue depressors)
  • Tissue paper
  • Colored paper
  • Foam board
  • Small glass rocks
  • Hot glue and gun

Here’s how I did it step by step:

  1. Observe the room. You can’t make an accurate replica without the details.
  2. Plan your key elements. The room I chose didn’t have a ton of details (and to be fair, I was super lazy about the table and people), but I wanted to make sure it would be detailed enough that the recipient would “get it.” For this, I took photos out the windows, in part because it had a great view of the lake, but also because the windows were pretty prominent. I wanted to bring the outdoor elements in. I also decided to include the table, plant, dry erase board and TV.
  3. Build. Disassemble the box a bit and then paint all four interior sides white. Two of my walls were white in the end, but it’s just like primer when you’re painting your walls. Do any additional painting to get your final colors, but be sure to let the white dry completely first. From there, I built the wall elements, which included printing and cutting out the photos and adding a small piece of white foam board as a dry erase board and a small black piece as the TV. However, I decided to take the TV a step further and printed a miniature version of one of our business’ powerpoint slides and glued it onto the TV as if someone was giving a presentation in the room. Then, I sacrificed a glue stick cap as my orange vase and used tissue paper to create the plant. Finally, using popsicle sticks, small glass rocks and printed headshots, I created the conference room table and a bunch of little people (our favorite co-workers of the time). I would highly recommend hot glue for this – the bond is much quicker than cold glue, which is helpful for standing materials.

In all honesty, this is definitely one of my lesser quality crafts, but it’s such a random and funny thing that I decided to share it anyway.

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