DIY to Try: Travel Photo Diorama
- Any deep photo frame smaller than 8.5″ x 11″ (I used an Ikea Ribba, which was perfect)
- Photo of a background of your choosing
- Photo of a figure for the foreground, isolated in Photoshop
- Wood Glue
- Turpentine (preferably in a spray bottle)
- Piece of thin wood for the background
- 1/2″ scrap plywood
- Bowl of warm water
- Small nails
- Saw (I use a scroll saw, which works well)
- Dremel with sanding attachment, or old school sandpaper
- Table saw
- Access to laser printer (I go to Fedinko’s)
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1. Print out multiples of your chosen foreground images onto a sheet of Lazertran, following the instructions on the package. I usually try to fit a bunch on the page. That way, if I screw them up down the road, I have backups on deck.
2. Cut out around your image and stick the whole thing in the bowl of warm water, making sure that all of it gets wet. Leave it in there for a minute or so.
3. While the image is soaking, lightly spray a coat of turpentine on a piece of the 1/2″ plywood. You want the whole surface to be covered, but you don’t want pools of turpentine at the same time. Practice makes perfect here, and it might take a couple of tries to get it down.
7. Once the images are dry, it’s time to saw! Using the scroll saw (or anything else you find easier), cut all the way around the image. Leave the bottom flat so it stands on its own two feet. If you are using more than one figure, do that one too.
9. Position your wooden figures inside the frame where you want them, then affix with glue. Note: If you want to use the glass, put it in first, then adhere your figures.
(Images: Dabney Frake)