How To: Pop-up Photo Diorama
Sure, gadgets are the mainstay of what we do, but sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the new and go old school. Photojojo has a great turtorial on how to build your on pop-up photo diorama. It’s super simple and will probably get many more comments for time to come than that iPhone 4, which you’re so patiently waiting on.
STEP 1: PRINT TWO PHOTOS
Print one photo as your background and one photo from which you will cut out your pop-up subject. These photos will be two separate images.
The background image will ideally not have a main subject in it and will be mainly scenery (think theater backdrop). The subject image can be any image in which your subject is whole. For example, the subject will be seen from head to foot, not from the waist up, etc.
Before printing your subject photo, resize your subject to be 1″ shorter than the background length. Our background length is 10″ long, so our subject will be 9″ tall.
Resizing your subject will make sure that it fits in your diorama without looking too small or too large.
STEP 2: FOLD THE BACKGROUND PHOTO
The bottom of the image will fold inwards towards the top with your image on the inside.
Unfold the photo. It will now have a 90 degree angle and will be able to stand upright.
The horizontal plane will be the floor for your subject to stand on, and the vertical plane will be the background image of your diorama.
STEP 3: CUT OUT THE POP-UP SUBJECT
The possibilities here are endless. You can cut out any object to be a pop-up from trees to buildings to people! We chose a person.
Cut out your subject. Cut closely along the edge of your subject’s shape until it is completely separated from its original image.
STEP 4: CUT AND FOLD STABILITY STRIP
Fold the strip into three sections. The first section should be 3″ long, the second section 2″ long, and the third section 3″ long.
When unfolded, the strip will be U-shaped with two 90 degree angles.
STEP 5: GLUE THE STRIP
Glue the other 3″ section of the strip to the background. The 2″ inch section will run between your subject and the background.
Adjust your subject so that it appears to be standing.
STEP 6: ADMIRE YOUR WORK!
If your diorama leans to one side or the other, secure the base to your desk surface with a little tape.
Now to find the perfect spot in your office/bedroom/living room!