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How to Make a Diorama

This tutorial will show you how to make a wonderful fantasy diorama from start to finish. It explains everything to you from what materials you need to what tools you need. There are also many useful tips on using household materials. Diorama building is a very rewarding hobby and with a little practice you can make some wonderful scenes. The only limit is your imagination.

The diorama we will build in this tutorial is called "Battle for the Treasure" And it has a wizard battling three skeletons over possession of a Treasure Chest. I even wired the wizards staff so that it lights up with a red glow when you press a button.



The diorama we make

How To Use this Tutorial

If you want to follow the tutorial in order then click on Chapter 1 "Materials you will need"

You can jump to various topics in the table of contents or you can progress through the tutorial through each chapter. You may want to look over the whole tutorial before beginning the actual work. Once you have gathered all the materials the project will take you 8-10 hours to complete. This does not include painting the miniatures which varies depending on the detail you desire and your level of skill.

  1. Materials you will need
  2. Beginning with the concept, design and layout of your diorama
  3. Rough shaping the landscape
  4. Landscape Details
  5. Creating and adding stones and rocks
  6. Creating and adding the flora and fauna
  7. Making and adding trees
  8. Adding the miniatures
  9. Wiring the scene for some special effects
  10. Moving on to bigger things

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I will teach you all the tricks and techniques you need to build a landscape just like this one. But I encourage you to be creative! Don't just copy this landscape. Use these tips and techniques to design and build your own landscape.

Many of the materials used in this tutorial were purchased in a hobby shop. They are the same materials that amateur train landscape builders use. You can purchase and use these materials but I also offer many alternative solutions that you can employ. This will increase your creativity, increase your skill and decrease the cost of the diorama.

We will go step by step through the whole process from design, landscape building and creating the rocks and foliage.

All materials in this tutorial are copyrighted© including writing and photographs. All Rights are reserved. If you would like to reprint any portion of this then contact the author.

Considerable time and effort has gone into the creating of this tutorial. You can show your appreciation and thanks by making a pay pal donation. If you have a website a link to this page or to my home page at www.stormthecastle.com is greatly appreciated. If you have any comments or suggestions please drop me an email. comments to will


Miniature House

How to make a Miniature House

Fun project and it all is very suited for making dollhouses too. This is foamboard at its best! And this tutorial includes a youtube video. How to Make a miniature house.

Miniature Trees

How to Make Miniature trees from Household materials

Miniature trees are expensive. But I have a nice alternative. You can make them with three materials: Brown paper, a kitchen sponge and glue. And they come out great. Make Miniature Trees


Will's Book on Diorama Making

Will's Book

How to Make Fantasy and Medieval Dioramas

This books shows you how to make fantasy and medieval dioramas using many commonly available tools and materials. There are over 100 pictures and illustrations showing you how to make great dioramas in fantasy and medieval styles. Chapters include basics, water effects, terrain tips and special effects like electricity and small motors. Tutorials include how to use foam, plaster of paris and paper mache to make great looking dioramas.