Rocky reef diorama cont

What to do:

  • Using the box, set up your diorama stage
  • Design how you want the final product to look
  • Create your stitchery image of the seadragon on the shim curtain using a sewing hoop - using wing shaped seeds, paint and embroidery threads
  • Remove finished seadragon and secure the fabric to the stage
  • Use pre-pressed seaweeds and other suitable dried and sealed leaves in your collage
  • Create the rocky outline of the grotto using recycled paper you prepared or simply use paper mache - don't forget to do the sandy bottom of the grotto
  • Fold dryer lint in shapes similar to what you might see for a  sponge
  • Do a Google search on ascidian images to see how you might use the knitted or crocheted pieces you have collected to demonstrate these animals (you may have to paint on the high points to get the colour depth you are looking for or poke colourful fabric loops up through the openings)
  • Place the knitted pieces and secure to the stage
  • Add sea urchins (nut clusters or spinifex) and incorporate other animals that you might find, sea stars, anemones
  • Using a glue gun add your re-purposed scallop or oyster shells in the correct places you might find them in this habitat


It is a little hard to evaluate your work when you are so close to it. Periodically stand back from your composition to assess if it is balanced and interesting.


One valuable and important aspect of any successful work of art is whether it tells a story. What story does your piece tell?