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Here I give you a whole lot of options when it comes to diorama trees including a variety of different ways to make them. I also have many different types you can buy either as kits to make the trees or as already made and ready to use.
I also have video tutorials at the bottom of the page.
Things to think about when buying miniature trees:
1. Woodland scenics makes lots of trees for dioramas and for Model Railroaders. So, model railroad supplies is also a great way to find trees.
2. What is the size of the trees you are looking for in terms of scale. Measure out the size that you want. Tiny 2 inch trees? Or larger 12 inch trees. All the sizes in-between are available too.
3. What type of tree do you want?
Conifers - These are evergreen trees that generally are very uniform and triangluar in shape. Sometimes they are irregular in shape. Think of them as pine trees.
Deciduous - these are trees that lose their foliage in winter. They are more irregularly shaped. Think of maple and oak trees.
Seasonal and weathered - These trees can be very dramatic and very realistic looking. You can get trees wit fall foliage, winter snow, aging, water effects and more.
You Have three options when it comes to making trees for miniature scenes and dioramas.
Option 1: Buy Pre-made trees
Pre-made trees are wonderful. They look great and come in a lot of different seasons, shapes, types and sizes. The only real drawback to these is that they are the most expensive option if you want really good miniature trees. Here is a link to a selection of Ready Made Trees on Amazon: Ready-Made-Trees
It takes a little bit of practice but you will get good at making trees. And it is quite a bit of fun. You can control exactly how the trees look which is nice if you are making a diorama that you want to be very meticulous.
The trees in kits come in two parts. You bend the plastic armature into a tree shape and apply a glue to it. Then you dip that in a bag of foliage.
I have a tutorial that shows you how to make trees from scratch. You use wire for the trunk and branches. Then you shape and fill in the trunk with clay. I use Woodland scenics foliage for the leaves but you can use green kitchen sponge. You tear it into small bits. The tutorial is here: How to make miniature trees
How to Make Miniature trees from Household materials
Miniature trees are expensive. But I have a nice alternative. You can make them with three materials: Brown paper, a kitchen sponge and glue. And they come out great. Make Miniature Trees
This books shows you how to make fantasy and medieval dioramas using many commonly available tools and materials. There are over 100 pictures and illustrations showing you how to make great dioramas in fantasy and medieval styles. Chapters include basics, water effects, terrain tips and special effects like electricity and small motors. Tutorials include how to use foam, plaster of paris and paper mache to make great looking dioramas.