How To Make Trees

How To Make Trees

An extensive collection of tutorials on how to make scale model trees.

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Trees make the difference on a layout. And as it is, most scale model layouts suffer from a deficiency of trees. This is probably the most common fault with most scale model railroads.

Making scale models trees takes varying amounts of time. Some of the information here shows you how to make realistic trees in 5 to 10 minutes each. Other trees may take 4 to 5 hours each.

Since properly populating a layout with hand made trees will normally take 50 to 100 trees, it is important that you learn the different methods and end
results so that you can make a wise choice as to how you want to spend your time.

So you are invited to peruse the information below to see how various people make their trees. And having done that you can make your own decision.

In all, this information shows how to make realistic trees that look much better than the commercial variety.

We start by giving you some information to make very fast and simple trees. But even though the scale trees are simple and fast, they’re quite realistic.

If you’re really interested in how to make trees for you model railroad, go through this first group.

Basic Trees

How To Make Scenic Express Seafoam Trees –  English version from an excellent Dutch Modeling site.

Making Trees From Roots– A video that shows absolutely fantastic trees from roots.

Making Trees From Weeds– Save money and save time when making trees for your HO scale,
OO scale, or any other scale diorama.

Making Trees From Hedges–  A simple and fast way to make trees. The key is the armature
from a hedge. This is a must see.

Making Sage Brush Trees  If you have access to sagebrush, this is good information. Of
course you can buy sagebrush to make your HO scale trees.

How To Model Trees– About trees, grass, bushes, hedges and more. An excellent site. This is a bit more advanced the making, and really serves as a lead-in to some of the things below.

Adventures in Making Trees – A video playlist that shows many ways to make trees.

Evergreen Trees

Al’s Pine Trees  – Makes pine trees from wood with wire inserts.

How To Make Evergreen Trees

Making Trees From Weeds – Once again we refer you here because this system is quite versatile and you actually make some very nice conifers.

The sections on wire trees and Sea Moss trees take you into the realm of time-consuming detailed work. These trees will take you hours to make.

But the end result is absolutely amazing.  It is worth taking a look.

Wire Trees

 Oak Trees Abridged – Wire frames

Wire Apple Tree

Wire Trees

Wire Gauge To MM and Inches

Dutch Collection

French Instructions

Basic Wire Armatures  – Larger trees for larger scales and wargaming.

Alternative Trees – In Polish, but great. Use google translate.

Make Wire Trees – Video tutorials update in progress.

Model Railroad Forum – Extensive information on museum quality + trees.

Sea Moss To Make Trees

Making Trees– A lot of detail on using sea moss.

Newrailwaymodellers Forums On Making SeaMoss
– Some nice pictures and some tips on making trees.

The trees at MSMK are hand made. Some trees are made of plant named “komosa ciernista” or “piana morska”  You can get the very expensive handmade trees at

The birch-trees are made of sorrel flower

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