100th Post: Tutorial - How to Make Trees


Not a bad post for my 100th, not that I'm counting or anything. 
Making trees for a diorama will add so much to your final scene as long as you do it right. There are a handful of ways to do this, some more complicated than others, and some more expensive. I have a cheap, and fairly simple way of doing it. Its a little tedious but is sure beats making a wire tree, or purchasing some generic aftermarket piece.
Where to begin? Well, how about a short list of items you'll need...


Not much, but I couldn't emphasize patience any more. However, you won't need to set aside too much time, I made this tree in a little under an hour, and the method certainly isn't as challenging as twisting wire to form your own tree...don't be ridiculous.
Once you have your material, lets get started...

Dry Caspia can be picked up from a local Arts and Crafts store. In my case, Michael's has them readily available. They may even be found at a flower shop or something similar. I couldn't have paid more than $5.00 for a bag. As you can see, they look pretty tree like without much help...


Never the less, if you want a large tree, you'll need a trunk. I dug up some roots from the back yard. Keep your eyes open for twisted roots or twigs while you're out and about and will make a suitable tree trunk...


Using a pin vise, I drilled out little holes along the main branches that will serves as attach points for the little branches made from the dry Caspia. Now you know why patience will be necessary...


Just set the little branch in place and secure it with super glue....


Do this a bazillion more times! I find working from the bottom to the top is easiest, like assembling a fake Christmas tree...


Also, try to make sure the tree is fullest toward the top...


Until you end up with something like this. You can add as many branches as you see fit, or as many as you have the patience for. Its your tree, do with it what you will!


The last step, of course, is applying it to your base. Instantly, it gives your vignette a new look...


Thanks for checking this out. I certainly hope it helps you on your way to making a pretty simple but convincing little tree for your next project!

Comments

  1. That's a bloody excellent tip, thanks! Good blog mate and nice to see you share your ideas.

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    1. Happy to help and share! Thanks for the comment

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