Use poster paint or acrylic paint to color the box. Acrylic paint is best used when your box has a glossy finish. Paint the inside walls with whatever color you want the sky to be—you can make it blue or color it yellow/orange for a sunset-filled sky. Paint the ground green for a wet season grassland or color it yellow ochre/light brown for a dry season savanna. Painting the outside of the box is optional.
Draw the animals, cut them out from magazines, or print out online images. You can also print out these Safari or African Savanna Animals on A4 or Letter size cardstock.
Color and cut out the animal print-outs or drawings. The paper animals should be able to stand up so use cardstock for printing them out or draw them on construction paper. Magazine animal cut-outs should be glued onto cardboard or any heavy paper to make them sturdier.
The African savanna is a grassland with widely-spaced trees. Some animals like baboons live in trees and animals like giraffes and elephants feed on their leaves.
Draw a tree trunk on brown cardstock. The tree must be about 2 to 3 inches taller than your box height. You can also print out this tree trunk template (choose either of the first two) on brown A4 or Letter size cardstock.
Create a bottom tab by folding the tree at the base. Make a side tab by folding an inch from the leftmost branch. Position the tree in the left corner of your diorama by gluing the side and bottom tabs onto the box. You can trim the excess length of branches on top. We prefer ours to jut out of the box.
Cut green crepe paper into strips. Crumple them up slightly and glue them onto the branches and onto the edges of the box.
*If you are keen on making a three-dimensional tree instead of the flat one we made, you can head over to our 3D Paper Tree craft for instructions.
d.) Stand with bottom and side tab - Large or tall animals such as elephants and giraffes are best placed on the corners of your box diorama. Create a stand by cutting half of a hill shape. Include a side tab in addition to the bottom tab to be able to glue the stand to a corner spot on your diorama.