Saturday, January 19, 2013

Simple Diorama


I always write, "I don't do dioramas," but the purchase of the above scented oil air freshener prompted the creation of one.  It wasn't until I opened the package that I realized the lamp-shaped air freshener is 1:6 scale or close enough.

I thought I should take a leap to create a simple diorama to illustrate the scale.  So I placed the air freshener back in the packaging and snapped the first image above. 

My husband's assistance was employed to find a household item to use as an end table to hold the lamp.  With his creative eye and instructions to try this, try that; do this, do that, the simple diorama featuring Alvin Ailey's American Dance Theater Barbie and her chaise lounge resulted.




What we used:
The air freshener is the lamp.
Two white plastic cutting boards create the side walls, angled to create depth.
Black velour cloth serves as the back wall and floor.
A white washcloth is a throw rug.
A crystal dessert dish covered with a coaster creates the coffee table.
The wall art is a thumbnail image pasted onto the original image.

Pretty neat, right?

As I was snapping photos, Husband asked, "You never thought you'd be a 50-year-old woman still playing with dolls, did you?"  My answer was, "No," and I thought to myself, "I'm much closer to 60 than 50, and I'll still be playing with dolls then too."

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20 comments:

  1. Great job Debbie and husband! Lol! I love the chaise. I am pretty much a sucker for and love anything animal print. This is the beginning. Now that you have the 1/6 eye...that can be trouble (lol) because you will begin to analyze any and everything to see if it can be used in some shape or form for 1/6 scale dolls.

    Your husband is too funny. Lol! I probably never thought I would be playing with dolls at this age either, but I can't imagine ever stopping. This is the best hobby in the world! ; )

    Have a lovely Saturday!

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  2. I was only able to get one of the brown air fresheners from Family Dollar!:( I wanted two. I got a few other colors at the Dollar Store! I love what you did with it. I want to do something with the lamp base too. I can't imagine not playing with dolls now either!

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  3. Thanks, ladies.

    I went into Family Dollar this week looking for SIS dolls for a swap I am participating in. (GG -- they are not on sale here). A shopping cart filled with what appeared to be discounted air fresheners was at the front of the store, where I found the lamp-shaped one used here. I purchased it to be used for its intended purpose, but after opening the package and seeing what I saw it as, the diorama resulted.

    I don't think I will ever do as many dioramas as some of you talented ladies have done because I don't have the space to store the items needed. Now, I do love exercising my meager creative talents to repurpose and utilize on-hand items, so I won't say never. I just do know that I won't create another hobby intentionally.

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  4. I saw those....made a very nice lamp for your doll...I am 53 and a doll fan as well...always have been...always will be :) Blessings

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    1. Thanks Shelley. Me too -- I am a doll collector for life. Blessings back to you.

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  5. Go, DBG! Thanks for sharing the news about the lamp. Your diorama is classy. Lucky Alvin Ailey's American Dance Theater Barbie!

    I, too, see myself never giving up dolls and action figures ;-D

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    1. Thanks, D7ana. If I never buy another doll (and that is highly unlikely), I have enough in the doll family to enjoy for the rest of my life. I am sure you agree.

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  6. I always love very simple black and white decor themes so your room diorama is tops with me!

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  7. LOL!! I agree with you on that I will still be playing with my dolls too. Funmy!!

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    1. Dolls are truly therapy. They are my Calgon (or Prozac).

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  8. Hello from Spain: I love lamp freshener. Your living room is also awesome. You have to create more usually dioramas. Great job. I will continue playing with dolls all my life ... It's a hobby that helps me escape from the every day life ... Keep in touch

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    1. I always enjoy reading your positive comments, Marta.

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  9. I am always thrilled to see your creative endeavors. It's always a bonus when husband is involved. I've been using these lamps for about a year now. For one of them, I added shells inside the base once the air freshener was gone. Love the room! Alvin Ailey Barbie looks pleased with your results.

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    1. Hi Vanessa,

      I knew some of you probably were already using these lamps. Emptying the oil and filling the base with something else is an excellent idea, or just leaving it empty. Since I am using it for its intended purpose, I didn't want to waste the oil for the purpose of the diorama. I knew you pros would know what to do with it.

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  10. I'm 46 and most definitely enjoying playing with my dolls, ^__^.

    This dio is sleek and fashionable! I have been looking for those freshners for months. My Dollar Trees just don't have them. :( I also cant find those chapsticks that are shaped liked soda bottles either. double :(

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    1. Hi Muff,

      I found this one at Family Dollar. Maybe you'll have better luck finding it there.

      I'll have to be on the lookout for the soda bottle-shaped Chapstick. If I have seen them in the past, it didn't register what else they could be used for.

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