Make this Ocean Diorama (Plus Free Printable)

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Making an Ocean diorama is a fun way to learn about geography, sea animals, and science. In this blog post, we will show you how to make an ocean diorama and give you a free downloadable printable ocean diorama for you to use that is perfect for a science fair or class project. We will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to create this project, as well as tips and tricks on how to make it look more realistic. Let’s get started!

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Supplies needed to make your Ocean Diorama:

– Blue construction paper or card stock paper

– Glue

– Scissors

– A pencil

– Ocean Diorama Printable (Get the 2-page free printable a the bottom of this post. You can find the complete 10-page printable at

-Shoebox or similar type box to hold the diorama

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How to Make an Ocean Diorama

First, you will need to cut out the blue printable pieces (or you can use blue construction paper) that is the size of your diorama box. Next, you will want to attach this blue piece to the back of your diorama box or you can choose to use very study paper and make this diorama without a shoebox. This will be the ocean.

You can also add some waves! To do this, you will need to cut out strips of blue construction paper or poster board. The width and length of these strips will depend on how big you want your waves to be. Once you have cut out your strips, glue them onto the ocean floor in a wavy pattern.

The brown printable resembles the ocean floor where you can cut out and attach the fish and coral reef to it to give it a three dimensional look.

Ocean Diorama Printable Pictures

The Ocean Diorama printable pdf includes different sea creatures that you can color, cut out and attach to the inside of the shoe box or glue to the printable paper.

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How to make the Underwater Scene in the Diorama Box

With just a few simple materials, you can create an underwater scene in a shoebox ocean diorama! This is a great project for kids of all ages, and it’s a great way to learn about ocean life.

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First, you will need to gather your materials that you have already cut out and pasted to the shoebox. in addition to the ocean diorama printable, you may also need blue paint, green paint, white paint, glue, and scissors. You may also want to add other ocean creatures (in addition the the ones you colored and cut out) to your scene, such as plastic fish or dolphins.

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Add elements to your scene such as the coral reef and ocean grass that is included in this download. You can also add rocks, shells or sand to the bottom of the box.

For the plants in your underwater scene, you will want to use green paint or marker. You can either paint directly onto the cutout printable, or you can cut out small pieces of green paper and glue them to the shoebox.

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We have included so many adorable cut outs in this printable that it gives you many options to choose from when designing your own shoebox diorama. And you can use these templates as a coral reef coloring page.

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You can purchase the 10-page Ocean Diorama Printable at

Now that you know how to make an ocean diorama shoebox, it’s time to get creative and have some fun! If you have never made a shoebox ocean diorama before, it is definitely worth trying. It is a fun project that can be completed with minimal supplies and in a relatively short amount of time. Be sure to post pictures of your finished project in the comments section so we can see them. Do you have any other ideas for making a shoebox diorama? We would love to hear about them in the comments section below. Happy crafting!

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