Boxfish Aquarium Paper Diorama

Even a school project sprung on you at the last minute can be turned into a winner.  As you'll see, The Boxfish Paper Diorama project can save the day.  

A paper diorama can be a quick and effective school project.  This diorama is made to look like an aquarium.  It features two salt water fish - the blue-spotted boxfish and the yellow boxfish.  There is also some seaweed and coral to make a nice home for the fish.  It is a great way to show what life is like in the sea.

Things You Will Need

  • a computer
  • color printer
  • matte photo paper
  • ruler
  • used ballpoint pen
  • scissors
  • glue
  • thread/string.

Boxfish Aquarium Paper Diorama

Boxfish Aquarium Paper Diorama

No Printer, No Problem

You don't have to worry about printing.  You can have this paper diorama printed for you. 

Office Depot, Staples or Kinkos usually do on-demand printing.  Many places will allow you to email your files directly to the store.  Give them a call to make sure you have everything they need. 

To save a trip you might want to write the report first and email it to them also. Oh, I always print both the Pattern and the Instruction files. 

And Now a Little Science For The Report

Boxfish and Trunkfish

These fish come in a variety of different colors.  They have hexagonal or "honeycomb" patterns on their skin. They have plate-like scales.  The scales  make a solid, triangular armor. It makes the fish look like a box.  That is why they are called boxfish.

Their fins, tail, eyes and mouth stick out from their box-like shape.  Boxfish move slowly because of  their heavy armored scales.  Few other fish are able to eat the adults.

The adults are square in shape.  Young boxfish are more rounded and have brighter colors than the adults.

The Blue-spotted Boxfish

The Blue-spotted Boxfish (Ostracion immaculatus) is a saltwater fish.  It lives in coral and rock reefs.  It is found  in the Atlantic ocean, Indian ocean, and parts of the Pacific ocean. 

They usually live alone.  If threatened, they secrete poisons from their skin to protect themselves. It reaches a maximum length of 40cm (16 in).  The blue-spotted boxfish is known for its light blue spots

The Yellow Boxfish

The yellow boxfish (Ostracion cubicus) is a saltwater fish.  It lives in coral and rock reefs.  It is found in the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and the southeastern Atlantic Ocean.

It reaches a maximum length of 49 centimeters (19 in).  The yellow boxfish can be identified by its large black spots.

OK, Let's Print The Boxfish Paper Diorama

If you live in the US, you'll want to print the letter size images.

The images are also available on A4 size paper.

Oh, make sure you print both the pattern and the instruction files.

 

Get the Boxfish Aquarium Paper Diorama

Pattern and Instructions

Letter-size Paper

Get the Boxfish Aquarium Paper Diorama

Pattern and Instructions

A4-size Paper

 

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Boxfish Aquarium Paper Diorama Pattern

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Boxfish Aquarium Paper Diorama Instructions

 

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Boxfish Aquarium Paper Diorama Pattern

 

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Boxfish Aquarium Paper Diorama Instructions

 

How To Set Up The Printer

Recommended Paper:  Matte Photo Paper

Print Quality:  High

Orientation:  Landscape

Page Layout:  Same magnification

Page Scaling: None

Other Project Ideas

You can find projects on the  Tatebanko – Paper Diorama page.

You can find other paper projects on the Cannon Creative Park website.

 

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