We made a 3D Forest Diorama School Project in no time with our New Epson L385 InkTank Printer! Download Free Printable Animals & Backdrop at end of post.
Do you remember doing projects in school? I certainly do!! I remember I had to do a project on the Tundra region once and it was quite a challenge! While lions and monkeys were easily available from magazines and papers, finding a seal or polar bear was hard!
Miss P’s Perennial Projects
However, things today are very different. Miss P has school projects very frequently, and definitely one for every season and every major festival. Digging through newspapers and magazines for pictures every week is not my idea of fun-time!
Now, thanks to the awesome new Epson Ink Tank Printers, I don’t have to!! If you’re the parent of a school going child, you can appreciate the importance of having a printer at home.
Whatever school project or craft you’re going to make, a printer can save you tons of time and frustration.
We got hold of the Epson L385 Ink Tank Printer just in time for Miss P’s latest school project – a forest diorama. We had just a day to work on the project and it was going to feature in her internal marks – which meant it had to be good!
3D Forest Diorama School Project with Epson InkTank Printer
Miss P’s class is learning about habitats and how each animal’s habitat is unique. This specific project was to be a tropical rain forest and was supposed to feature the elements of the habitat as well as the wildlife who inhabited it.
After some quick brainstorming, we decided to have a background and foreground in a dominant green color. We’d place common forest animals within it and add some more elements to complete the overall picture. After the plan was ready, we set to work!
Materials we used to make the 3D Forest Diorama School Project
- A Good Quality Color printer like the Epson L385 Ink Tank Printer
- Good quality printer paper -We used a 130 GSM Glossy Paper
- Cardboard box or Shoe box of a decent size
- Green construction paper
- Green crepe paper
- Brown paper
- Green yarn
- Glue gun
- Colored Sharpies
How we made the 3D Forest Diorama School Project:
1. First and foremost, our task was sourcing the most important elements of the diorama – the forest background and the animals.
Turns out, with the Epson Ink Tank Printer, this was the easiest part! We printed out sheets with all the animals, the background and we even got foliage and leaves!
You can check out the printable we used and download it from the link at the end of this post.
2. The integrated Wi-fi connectivity of the printer meant that we could comfortably browse on our tablets while sitting on the sofa and print directly from it.
The ink flow from the cartridges is smooth, so you get color pictures that are remarkably bright and clear. And with a printing resolution of 5760 dpi, they are incredibly detailed too.
Every vein on the leaves and every wrinkle on the elephant was crystal clear! Once the prints are ready, cut out all the animals and other animals carefully.
3. Next step was to get our background ready. We cut out the top of the shoe box for easy access inside.
Glue the edges to make sure they stay put at the sides and bottom. We covered the entire interior with green construction paper and then added our rain forest background as another layer at the back.
4. Time to add the forest elements. Brown paper was rolled roughly to resemble rocks. We used plain cardboard cut into a tree shape and decorated with a brown Sharpie.
After this, we placed the animals in position – on the rock, behind the tree or bang in the center!
5. We fixed some green yarn from one end of the box to another. You can either use a single string or entwine another one like we did above.
We then attached more trees to the side and added foliage. Green crepe paper was used to make extra leaves on the tree and in other places. We used light green construction paper for the grass in the foreground and finished up with a few flowers and a naughty monkey swinging on the vines!
And our DIY Forest Diorama was ready – just like that! #PrintedOnEpson
More than Miss P, I think I was the one left impressed – I don’t remember the last time we finished a school project in record time! And I know this won’t be the last time – Miss P is probably getting another assignment right now as we speak!
This brings me to the part I love the most about the Epson Ink Tank printers. No, it’s not the high-quality pictures, Wi-fi printing or high resolution – it’s the cost!
When you have to print multiple pages in a month, the cost per print becomes an important factor, and ink tank printers save costs as each set of bottle inks has an ultra-high yield of 7,500 for colour and 4,500 pages for black. Plus it has a patented bottle tip design to allow easy and mess-free refills.
So the next time my girl comes home with a new project, I, for one, am going to be really relaxed about it. And why wouldn’t I be, when I have the Epson Ink Tank printer to do all the work?
Now you know what to do to prepare for your kids’ school projects – get yourself the super-awesome Epson ink tank printer!