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Upcycled DIY “Bug Box” 3D Paper Diorama Tutorial

Creative Team | May 8, 2017

Repurpose your empty Altoid tins with some double-sided mounting tape to create a pocket-sized paper insect collect that definately won't give you the creeps!

Add depth and layers to your next art project with this clever craft that uses empty Altoid tins you have lying around–because you only need so many thumb-tack boxes! Little critters fit great in these small tins, but feel free to add other creatures to your collection (fairies or frogs, hedgehogs or hummingbirds!)



Making Your Bug Box

Paint or decorate the outside of the Altoid tin (optional, but fun!). Use double-sided tape to adhere a background to the inside of the box


Use the foam squares to create depth and dimension to your hand-drawn and colored insect illustrations or paper shapes


For more dramatic depth and contrast, create extra dimension by using multiple foam squares to boost the height difference between objects!


Go eat some garlicky pizza, pop some more Altoids, rinse empty container, and repeat steps 1 through 4!

Voila! You’re now on your way to becoming a master insect collector, no bug bites required. Looking for more fun project ideas like this one? Follow us on social media or subscribe to our newsletter for more nifty project ideas!

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Topics: DIY

Creative Team
Creative Team on May 8, 2017

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