Matchless diorama magnets made at Sellwood Library

We’ve covered many different kinds of craft-making sessions over the years – but here’s a new one! Take a look …

Kennedy Withers shows us her matchbox-magnet diorama.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
It’s one of the most original craft-making ideas we’ve seen in years: Making Matchbox Diorama Magnets.

When we visit artist Shanon Schollian on Nov. 11, she’s introducing the project to families at the Sellwood Branch Library.

Craft instructor Shanon Schollian gives tips on how to make a “Matchbox Diorama” to families at the Multnomah County Library Sellwood Branch.

“A diorama is a little three-dimensional picture in a box-like frame,” explains Schollian. “When they’re done, they put a magnet on the back so it will stick to the refrigerator.”

Starting with empty small matchboxes, crafters use printed images, buttons, beads, toys, ribbons, and fabrics supplied by Schollian, to make their miniature works of art.

Coming from Vancouver WA to participate in this craft session are Kenndyl, Kennedy, Kenny, Jr. and Kenny Withers

Many of the crafters present stayed and made several dioramas. “I think they’ll make nice Christmas gifts,” a girl says as she shows off her handiwork.

Asked if she originated this craft idea, Schollian replies, “I’ve never seen this before, so I think it is an original idea. What I do is making art out of little things and recycled materials.”

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