Little Box Worlds Diorama

My daughter Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin created a Competition on Facebook – she calls it Little Box Worlds – The Shoebox Diorama Competition for likeminded Weirdo’s of all ages.  She wanted to do something creative as well as use technology to bring people together in a fun and engaging manner.  So I decided to participate in her challenge.  You had to start out with a shoebox and a doll blank which Jessica sent to all of the participants.


This is my entry it’s called “Fly your Freak flag”. If you could “like” the Facebook page and if you liked my Diorama I’d appreciate your vote! Here are the categories:

– Best in Show
– Best Storytelling
– Best Craftsmanship
– Best Child/Adult team
– Most Offensive/Insane
– Most Touching/Poignant
– Most Funny

You must put in “this is my vote for……” next to the entry you choose.  My daughter Jessica and grandson Sam and his mom Kathryn are in the competition too! A bunch of my good friends are in the Diorama contest!  Even my son’s best friend Mike Lee participated – there’s a video connected to his fabulous wooden creation!  Jessica’s diorama is incredible – very detailed – totally BLEW me away!


Here’s the doll blank everyone received.


As per usual I waited till the last minute (the day before the deadline) as I was in a quandary about what to do. For days i freaked and thought, freaked and thought, freaked and thought……..and eventually i settled on “freaks” which is not so much of a stretch if you know me Smile.  So i assembled a motley crew of freaks i had created in the past. Most of them are made from paperclay and a bit of wood. The paint brush Cyclops guy is obviously made from an old brush, enhanced with paperclay, friendly plastic, gems and glitter.


I had to give myself a good talking to as I was so reticent to begin.  I asked myself what did i like best about dioramas – I loved the theatrical feel to them.  So I started with a facade that would grace the top of the shoebox (this reminded me of puppet theatres). I used foamcoare board and painted a woman/guy on it….


Added collage elements and more details to it. Ever so slowly it was coming together.


I used one of my background mixed media pages as the base for my scene.


The sides were mod podged with torn book pages and then sprayed with Dylusion Ink Sprays.


Here’s the facade with more details added as well as a frothy coating of marabou boa!


Elements for the inside such as a tree were created and glued to the back of the box with a piece of foam elevating it from the base. Cyclops freak was cut and glued in place.


The various freaks assumed their positions. I stepped back to survey my creation and noticed a gapping hole in the middle. I kept thinking “What’s missing?  What’s missing?”.  Well what was missing was the freaking doll blank that was supposed to be featured in the shoebox in the beginning!  Ha!


I quickly painted the doll blank and added a poof of green hair for that je ne sais quoi look, added the word “freak”, glued him on a large bead and voila!  It was complete!  The theme for my Diorama is “Fly your freak flag” and be loud and proud of who you are!

You might want to create a diorama with your friends, your kids or your grandkids.  It’s a fun way to be creative on your own or in community!

Love, Violette xo

2 Comments on Little Box Worlds Diorama

  1. Ethel
    October 28, 2013 at 6:00 pm (7 years ago)

    I love your creation, Violette! You really know how to have some fun:)
    Love, Ethel

  2. Wendy @ the Late Start Studio
    October 29, 2013 at 11:00 am (7 years ago)

    After all that procrastination, when you had it all finished, having had so much fun, you thought “Why was I freaking out when I could have been enjoying flying my freak-flag?”

    I do it too. 😉


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