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Making an Ocean Diorama

Updated on February 19, 2015

Great Introduction to Ocean Life

Making an ocean diorama is a great way of researching and learning about the creatures that live in the oceans. Find out what fish lives where, who eats who, how big they are, etc- at the same time having fun.Complement with some videos or research, depending on the age of your children.

You can either make our simple diorama, it is complete in itself, or add a few details.To make it even more fun, put it inside a painted shoe box (or similar), turning it into a real ocean. See how we did it, step by step. Most important when doing Ocean Craft is to have fun!

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.

Arthur C. Clarke

We decided to spend our winter holiday doing Ocean Craft. In this way, we felt, the summer with trips to the beach and collecting shells, burying ourselves in the sand- all of this would come faster. When we think of the summer it makes even the coldest winter day more bearable.

It's also very fascinating to learn about different kinds of fish and other sea animals. While having fun we looked up more information and managed to learn a whole lot at the same time!

Ocean Diorama- Step 1 - Stencil for Diorama

The diorama is made on a normal A4 paper. Use your fantasy, putting whatever sea creatures you wish, or use our picture. It doesn't matter if these are sea creatures that only live in your fantasy, the whole point is to have fun. The picture is divided into three parts. Basically, the second one is double the size of the first one. The third one is a little bit bigger than the second.

Ocean Diorama- Step 2 - Coloring

Coloring the diorama is great fun, use any kinds of colors. In our fantasy ocean, the seahorse is pink, as is the fish. Guess the favorite color of my daughter? Glue the picture on to a stiffer paper. It is not really necessary with card board, just a little more stability is needed.

Acquarium Ornament - The Fish Will Love It

Exotic Environments Caribbean Living Reef Aquarium Ornament, Large, 12-Inch by 8-1/2-Inch by 9-Inch
Exotic Environments Caribbean Living Reef Aquarium Ornament, Large, 12-Inch by 8-1/2-Inch by 9-Inch

These ornaments can very well be used to build up a diorama. They add color and depth to the whole project.


Ocean Diorama- Step 3 - Ocean Diorama Base

Cut and fold according to the picture.(This is the base of another diorama, hence the grey color.) Glue even the base on a thicker paper.

Ocean Animals

US Toy Assorted Ocean Sea Animals Action Figure (Lot of 12)
US Toy Assorted Ocean Sea Animals Action Figure (Lot of 12)

These animals are fun to use in the diorama, but even excellent for other play. Look up the names together and see the animal's habitat.


Ocean Diorama- Step 4 - Folding the Base

Here, we have colored and folded the base for the ocean diorama. It is almost ready! Now it looks like the deep sea or ocean, maybe we could even have colored some sand here and there?

Basic Diorama Kit

Woodland Scenics Diorama Kit, Basic
Woodland Scenics Diorama Kit, Basic

If you don't feel like creating your own diorama, it's a good idea to buy a kit. All the parts are here, in perfect measurement and all you have to do is put it together.


Ocean Diorama- Step 5 - The Finished Ocean Diorama

Cut out the different parts of the colored diorama, and stick them in the slits on the base. Enjoy your very own ocean view! We realized that the colors weren't so strong, so maybe felt tip pens is a better option, or maybe watercolors.

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Every drop in the ocean counts.

Yoko Ono

Ocean Diorama Optional Extra

ocean craft
ocean craft

To make the Ocean Diorama even nicer, we colored the inside of a shoe-box. Next, we glued candy-paper to make plants and algae. Lastly, we hung fishes in thread from the top of the box. We used a sewing needle to make holes in the box.

If you have some other sea creatures you could place them, possibly gluing them, here and there. Maybe some stones or shells from the beach?

Ocean in a Bottle - Easy Kids' Craft

Ocean Sound

Ocean Waves
Ocean Waves

To many people there is nothing more soothing and peaceful than the sound of the ocean. Great for helping infants and small children to relax and go to sleep, as well as for grown ups to relax and feel at ease.


Will You Try Making an Ocean Diorama?

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      Very cool-great idea and well explained!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Simple, awesome and truly a great way to teach and learn.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Really loved it! Great Lens :)

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      First time I have seen an Ocean Diorama-Blessed

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Love the Lens, and all things Diorama.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is so cute and a great educational and had to be a lot of fun to do. Love the little seahorse, he reminded me of Piglet from Winnie The Pooh.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Looks like a fun thing for my Grandson to try.

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      sponias lm 5 years ago

      Making an ocean diorama is an interesting practice for children. The ocean is very important. This beautiful lens was blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm going to have to make an ocean diorama with my granddaughter when she comes over again...what wonderful fun and she is just loving working on projects right now...this is right up our alley!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 5 years ago

      Dioramas are a great way to teach children.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I remember making dioramas in much fun! :)

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What a neat idea - great lens!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Great idea for spending fun quality time with kids. And the final result is gorgeous, too! :)

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      I like the photos of your diorama. Nice touch.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Maybe I will try one.. it looks like fun. I have always loved ocean's in a bottle too. Angel blessed.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Loved this idea - it is right up my alley!

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      digitaltree 5 years ago

      Great Lens, will use it when my nephew needs a project that needs to make a scene out of something, it looks fun.

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      Most probably one day. I really fell in love with the sea horse. Sooooo cute!