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« on: May 27, 2006 09:31:03 AM »

 i have this project due on monday where we have to make a little diorama-type thing of the habitat for an animal, i chose the capybara (the world's largest rodent!). so i need to find a way to make a miniature ecosystem inside of a shoebox. the capybara lives in south america and needs a pond or lake, grass and trees. i'm pretty much just looking for suggestions on what i can use to make trees and such out of that is very cheap and can be bought somewhere in a very small town without a craft store, and is fast and easy. because right now my brain can't think for itself.
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2006 03:28:05 PM »

i would suggest going dollar store shopping:) they always have tons and tons of stuff at dollar stores for projects and stuff
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2006 08:39:17 PM »

 I would try papermache for your landscape, you could create hills and incorporate a pond area.For your water you could decoupage blue and white tissue paper in the 'pond' shape. Several layers will give you a nice water effect. For trees, maybe the leaves from fake flowers would work. Good luck, d Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2006 10:33:50 PM »

i was gonna suggest you do an animal that lives under a rock, or in the desert.  Wink but i guess that wouldnt be much help, would it?
I think painting stuff on, papier mache, and the dollar store or two-buck shop.
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2006 07:39:09 AM »

I would try papermache for your landscape, you could create hills and incorporate a pond area.For your water you could decoupage blue and white tissue paper in the 'pond' shape. Several layers will give you a nice water effect. For trees, maybe the leaves from fake flowers would work. Good luck, d Smiley
i was thinking paper mache, but it takes a while to dry so there wouldn't be enough time for it to dry and be painted by monday. so far i just put some shredded easter grass paper stuff and sand coloured tissue paper around a tupperware container that i'm going to fill with *actual* water, and for trees i so far just have sticks.

i was gonna suggest you do an animal that lives under a rock, or in the desert.  Wink but i guess that wouldnt be much help, would it?
I think painting stuff on, papier mache, and the dollar store or two-buck shop.
haha, someone in my class did a camel and they just filled a box with sand
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2006 01:46:46 AM »

felt and faux fur (the green kind) could be used for grass / vegetation, or use a box cutter to shape hillocks and rocks out of styrofoam, then give it a coat of paint- its textural and is a good alternative to papier mache. use bunches of pipe cleaners twisted together to make tree truncks and bushes.
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