Fall is one of my favorite times of the year and it will be here before you know it. I love watching the leaves change color and wearing a cozy sweater to protect from the slight chill in the air. Our family enjoys spending time outdoors in the crisp, fall weather. We find plenty to do indoors as well, like this fun fall art activity. This Fall Diorama is made with a cereal box and is sure to get you and your kids in a fall mood!
Fall Diorama with cereal box
You will need:
- cereal box
- Light blue paint
- Green construction paper
- White glue
- Brown paper lunch bag
- Red, green, orange and brown tissue paper squares
- Yellow pipe cleaner
- Clear or white thread
To make this fall diorama, you will cut open a cereal box so that the front part of the box opens downward. This is a good job for an adult.
Paint the inside portion of the box with blue paint. My daughter used a dabbing technique while painting to give the sky some texture and make it look like there were actual clouds in the background.
Next it was time to make the tree. Cut 2.5 inches off the opening of a paper lunch bag. Then cut strips from the opening of the bag to the part that folds over. Twist the bottom part of the bag to make a trunk and the strips you cut will be sticking out. To form the branches of the tree, gather 2 or 3 of the strips and twist them together until all the strips have been twisted.
Kids love to help make the paper bag tree!
Once the paint on the box has dried, you can start constructing your fall diorama. Cut and glue some green construction paper to cover the portion of the box that opens up. Cut some hills from green construction paper and glue to the back of the sky scene. Make some grass by cutting a thin strip of green construction paper that will fit the front of the box. Cut strips in the grass, careful not to cut all the way through. Glue to the front of the box and fold up the grass so that it appears to stand up.
Glue the paper tree into the center of the diorama. Roll the yellow pipe cleaner so it becomes a circle. Tie some clear thread to the yellow pipe cleaner and tape it to the top of the box to represent the sun.
Now it is time to decorate the tree and the scene with some fall leaves. My kids loved this part! You can use pre-cut tissue paper squares in fall colors or just tear small pieces of tissue paper to make the leaves. Squeeze them up a bit and glue them to the tree branches and scatter them around the scene. If you have young children, this tearing and squeezing makes for some great fine motor practice.
And there you have it! An easy fall craft made from something you would have normally disposed of. This project is fun to do as a family and it also helps to teach kids to to reuse household objects for a different purpose.
If you liked this Fall Diorama and are a fan of Pebbles, try this Flower Craft with Fruity Pebbles.
This is so creative. I have never thought of this kind of activity. Awesome.
Ooh! I remember doing these but mine was never as creative as this! Oh I'm definitely going to try it with my little guy! He would love this and you could also make a little hole to peep through as well, right?
This is such a fun and easy craft. My daughter loves anything to do with crafts, so I'm sure she's going to love it when I show her this! And I love that it doesn't require any crazy (or expensive) supplies!
Thanks Lisa! We go through a ton of cereal as well!
I like how easy the tree is to make. I will have to make a diorama with my little guy. I remember making one when I was a child. So much fun!
Bites for Foodies
Yet another brilliant DIY craft made with a cereal box! I'm pinning this one! What I love about it is that there is ALWAYS a cereal box on hand at home!
I love this idea! It's so fun and I love the idea of reusing the cereal boxes, something that usually gets thrown out in our house! What a fun idea for this fall when it's chilly and the kids can't play outside.
My kids use to love this cereal. Using boxes to make cute projects is a great way to upcycle! This is such a cute easy fall project for kids to enjoy with mom and dad! I was a Fruity Pebbles fan!
I love that you're using the empty box for something else. I wish I was more creative and could do things like this but it never comes out the same. It is a very cool idea though. And we love Cocoa Pebbles. It's such a good cereal.
Jocelyn at Hip Mama's Place
Cocoa Pebbles are a favorite at home as well and it's definitely something that the kids ask for when we go grocery shopping! I think it's nice to do a fun little project with the box! I'm sure the kids will enjoy it!
This is a really fun project! I love being able to decorate for the different seasons and being able to display my daughters artwork like that for the season would be so much fun. Thank you for sharing this idea, now we have something to do as the weather cools off here.
My kids LOVE this cereal. It is probably their favorite kind so we always have empty cereal boxes that we could do this wtih. A really fun project for kids.
Oh my gosh you are so creative! My husband and I recently visited the ancient Bristlecone Forest in the Eastern Sierras in California - minus the leaves, that's pretty much what these trees look like! Super cool, fun project for the kids - love it!