It's 8 pm and darling daughter is wailing. She forgot to make her school diorama project due TOMORROW! Been there done that. I wanted to say "tough luck. Take the F" (which she deserved). I wanted to put her on the street wearing a "free-- please take" sign (but a nosy neighbor might report me). But being a forgetful, eleventh-hour girl myself, I confess, I empathized. So I bailed her out. The whole family helped. We made an awesome woodland Native American diorama with stuff around the house. From that experience grew this guide to making homemade shoe box dioramas for any content area. All you need is a recycle bin, craft scraps, household junk and a little ingenuity. Here are free printable dollhouse miniatures and free printable habitat diorama backgrounds to plus my Homemade, Recycle Bin Shoe Box Dioramas, Miniatures, Props guide.