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How to Make Miniature Trees - at no cost

Miniature trees are wonderful and you can buy them but they are expensive. The smallest ones are more than a dollar each and the larger ones can be up to ten dollars a tree!

We can however make great looking trees at no cost.

For this tutorial all you need is a brown paper bag, a green sponge and some white glue. And that's it. This is an inexpensive way to make some great looking trees.

I also have a video tutorial for this project at the bottom of the page.


Miniature trees


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Tools and Materials

  • 1 Green Kitchen Sponge - More sponges with different shades of green would be even better.
  • 1 Brown Paper Bag
  • Some white Glue
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • A Rasp or grater (optional) A lemon zester would probably work too

Just with these simple supplies the options are unlimited. You can create just about any type of tree imaginable. Here are the seven trees I make for the video tutorial.

Miniature trees


Brown paper

Page Start by cutting a rectangle from the paper bag. Our rectangle is about 1 1/2 inches by 2 inches. This will give you a certain size tree. You can experiment with the size depending on the size tree you want to make.


Cut slits in the paper

Make two cuts in it like this. That bottom part where there are no cuts will be the trun. The top three sections will be branches.


Twist the paper

Start by twisting the trunk and the center main branch like this. You simply crush and twist the paper.


Form Branches

Then twist the branches. Leave the excess paper on the ends for now. Shape and bend the branches into a nice tree-like shape.


Mix white glue and water

Let's coat and harden the tree. Mix white glue and water 50/50.


Apply white glue to the twisted paper

And cover the tree with the glue. Give it a nice soaking all the way around.


Let it dry

Now set it aside to let it dry.


Once it is dried we can apply the foliage.

NextContinue with the tutorial



Watch the video tutorial here:




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