Where’s My Water? 3D Diorama

This diorama is great for parents and kids to build together. Cut out the pieces, divide them up, and before you know it, you’ll have a scene fit for an alligator.

Time: 25 minutes
What You'll Need
Regular paper or card stock
Scissors (or craft knife)
Glue or double-sided tape
How To Make It
  • 1

    Print the template on regular paper or card stock.

  • 2

    Starting with the inner frame, cut out the pieces and make folds along all dashed lines. Using glue or double-sided tape, secure the right panel and bottom panel to the tabs provided at the right and bottom of the inner frame. Secure the tabs at the ends of the black panels to their corresponding pieces to complete the shape of the inner frame.

  • 3

    Cut out the pieces of the outer frame and make folds along all dashed lines. Secure the side panels to the tabs along the outside of the outer frame, then secure the tabs at the ends of the top and bottom panels to their corresponding pieces to complete the shape of the inner frame. Use the tabs on the back of the outer frame to close the back of the frame.

  • 4

    Insert the inner frame into the outer frame to complete the shape of the frame.

  • 5

    Cut out the front and back pieces of the purple shower enclosure and make folds along all dashed lines. Attach the two pieces by securing the A tab on the back of the enclosure to the bottom panel on the front of the enclosure. If you've made all the folds, you should be able to see how the pieces come together. To complete the shape, secure all tabs to their corresponding pieces in alphabetical order.

  • 6

    Cut out the front and back pieces of the purple block and make folds along all dashed lines. Attach the two pieces by securing the A tab on the back of the purple block to the front of the purple block where indicated. If you've made all the folds, you should be able to see how the pieces come together. To complete the shape, secure all tabs to their corresponding pieces in alphabetical order.

  • 7

    Cut out each dirt piece and make folds along all dashed lines. To complete the shapes, secure all tabs to their corresponding pieces in alphabetical order. Keep in mind that dirt piece #1 comes in three parts and dirt piece #5 comes in 2 parts; attach the parts using the numbered tabs.

  • 8

    Cut out the inner shower and make folds along all dashed lines. Attach all tabs to their corresponding sides to complete the shape. Repeat this step with the outer shower.

  • 9

    Cut out the bricks and make folds along all dashed lines. Attach all tabs on the outside of the circle to their corresponding sides.

  • 10

    Insert the inner shower into the bricks. Pull the bricks toward the front edge of the inner shower and use the tabs along the inner circle of the bricks to secure the piece to the front edge of the inner shower.

  • 11

    Insert the inner shower into the outer shower. Use the tabs along the outer circle of the bricks to secure the piece to the edge of the outer shower.

  • 12

    Cut out the shower floor and make folds along all dashed lines. Secure all tabs to their corresponding pieces in alphabetical order.

  • 13

    Secure the shower floor to the bottom of the inner shower.

  • 14

    Cut out the shower head. Fold the tabs and use them to secure the shower head to the left wall of the inner shower. Be sure to place the shower head deep inside the inner shower to leave room for the tub.

  • 15

    Cut out the inner tub and outer tub and make folds along all dashed lines. Use the tabs to secure the tub shapes, then secure the inner tub inside the outer tub.

  • 16

    Cut out Swampy. Fold the piece in half along the dashed line and secure so the design is two-sided. Use the tabs at the bottom of Swampy to secure him inside the tub.

  • 17

    Secure the tub to the shower floor.

  • 18

    Insert the shower into the purple shower enclosure, then secure the entire shower enclosure to the bottom left of the frame where indicated. Use the outlines on the frame to place and secure the remaining pieces.

  • 19

    Cut out the faucet, bombs, and logo. The faucet should be placed at the top right of the diorama where the water begins to flow. You may place the bombs anywhere you like, and the logo should be placed at the top of the frame.

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