Add details on the walls of your diorama. I added a window by gluing a couple of craft foam cut-outs together—one big rectangle for the window and three strips on the sides to make the window sill.
I also cut out some bushes out of green felt and glued them on one side of the box to define the garden area. Clouds out of cotton were glued onto the sky.
You can also cover the ground with a fairly thick layer of green air dry clay or salt dough. A clay ground will allow you to plant or anchor objects in.
Try these different ideas for making potted plants for your garden:
a.) Small potted plant - bottle caps make nice and colorful pots. Fill them with clay then plant some flowers or paper plants in them. The plant in this photo was made by cutting several leaf shapes out of green construction paper, curled at the tips, and then planted one at a time into the pot.
c.) Paper potted plant - draw and cut out a paper flower, a pair of leaves and a pot. Include a bottom tab on the pot. Create a stem using a green drinking straw. Glue the flower at the tip and the leaves at the middle of the stem. Glue the base of the stem on the pot.
Create a C-shape tab by cutting out a short strip of paper (mine is 2" long) and bending the ends towards the middle. Glue one end of the tab at the back of the pot.
Make some plants that you can put directly on the clay ground.
a.) Stemmed flowers - use any of these materials:
b.) Large plant - cut out five or more long paper leaves. Gather and tape them together at the bottom. Carefully arrange and spread out the leaves. Anchor the plant's bottom end into the clay ground and pat the clay around it to secure it in place.
Find more ideas at our Making Plants and Trees for a Diorama page.
Make bugs and critters out of paper, craft foam, felt and pompoms. Below are ideas that you can follow or use as inspiration to create your own garden creatures:
a.) CATERPILLAR - glue several small pompoms together. Add a pair of wiggle eyes. Draw a mouth with puffy paint or glue a short string to make a smiling mouth.
Place the bugs and critters in your garden diorama. Plant some of them directly into the clay ground. Glue others on top of large objects like my caterpillar on a big leaf.
Create flying bugs by hanging them with a string. Simply tape a string at the back of the bug. Tape the opposite end of the string to the ceiling of your box diorama.
Glue a C-shaped paper tab at the back of the bug and glue the other end of the tab onto an object in your diorama. The slight gap between the bug and the object creates a more three-dimensional feel as opposed to to just gluing the bug directly on the object.
Making a C-shaped tab is described in Step 6-c above.