Colorful fields of pumpkins and costume-clad children provide fabulous fall photo opportunities. It's fun to display some of those photos in a three-dimensional diorama that is both good-looking and inexpensive to make. And because it folds flat for mailing, it's also a great way to share fall photos with family and friends. Diorama creation is easy and cheap -- in fact, it's so simple, it's downright scary.

Is there anything more reminiscent of October than pumpkin-picking? As much as kids love Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat candy, there is something wonderfully gross about gutting and carving a pumpkin, freshly picked from the field.


Colorful fields of pumpkins and costume-clad children provide fabulous fall photo opportunities. It's fun to display some of those photos in a three-dimensional diorama that is both good-looking and inexpensive to make. And because it folds flat for mailing, it's also a great way to share fall photos with family and friends. Diorama creation is easy and cheap -- in fact, it's so simple, it's downright scary.


Begin with an 8-1/2- by 11-inch piece of black card stock and fold it in half. Mark a 1-inch frame around the border with a pencil and cut the top and sides along the pencil lines. The trick is to leave the bottom uncut and fold it instead in order to create a window opening with a "floor" attached. Cut a slit on the back of the folded card (1 inch from the bottom) where you can insert the folded floor. Cut multiple slits in the floor that will hold tabs that can be embellished with fall-themed stickers or die cuts.


The best way to personalize the diorama is with the inclusion of photos. Cut around the subject in each photo and include a tab at the bottom that can slide into one of the slits cut in the floor. Embellish the frame with white paper strips to simulate the look of a spider web and add dots with a white pen for fun. When the season changes it is easy to fold up the diorama and store it until next fall rolls around.


Contact Sandi Genovese and find free video demonstrations of more photo projects at www.scrapbookshowgram.com.