If you're bored with drawing flat pictures, it's time you made a 3D Picture Box!

You will need:
  • Shoe Box
  • Pen
  • Paint
  • Cardbaord Box Card
  • Scissors
First, find find yourself an old shoe box.
Draw around the box (not the lid) onto a large piece of paper and think of a theme for your 3D Picture Box.
You need to create your design within the rectangle you drew.
The design needs to be in three layers, the background, the middle and the foreground.

In this one, the cacti, sign and skull are in the foreground, the mountain scene and road is in the middle, and the background has the sky with birds in the distance.
Copy the background of your design onto the back of the box.
Now copy the middle part of the design onto a piece of card.

It has to be the same size as the inside of the box, all the way around.
Trim away excess card carefully with scissors.
Now draw the foreground part of your design onto the box lid.

It's OK if you go into the frame a little, but try not to go too far into it!
Cut away the excess card, so that you can see inside your 3D Picture Box!
Next, paint the background design that you drew on the inside of the box.
Then paint the middle section, let it dry and secure it in place in the middle of the box.
Finally, paint lid of the box, and pop it in place.

There are lots of possibilities for 3D Picture Boxes using this technique.

How about a day at the races?
Or what about an underwater scene, like this?

Try it yourself!