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A Grate Way To Make Trees For Your Railway | Model Railway Hints, Tips, How To Articles and Reviews at Model Trains Online

Yes the pun was intended… You’ll see why in a minute ­čÖé

This tip was sent in by Christopher, one of our readers and it’s a fantastic way to make your own very low cost yet realistic trees. Here’s how he does it…

“These trees are dried out┬ágeraniums┬ásuitably pruned and sized. Paint the trunks a suitable colour, either with spray paint or acrylics. Shredded sponge for the leaves is made by soaking a sponge in a bowl of water and putting it in the freezer. ┬áThen when frozen – grate it well using a cheese grater. When dry paste some PVA on the branches and dip into the grated foam. Allow to dry, then repeat the process. ┬á ┬áShake off any excess sponge when dry. Now spray the “Leaves” with some various greens – presto!”

I have to say Christopher they look excellent, and the cost per tree is very attractive. Definitely worth the effort. I’m going to pay close attention to the flora in our garden now over the coming weeks to see what I can use for the basis of a few trees.

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4 Responses to A Grate Way To Make Trees For Your Railway

  1. colin taylor says:

    Hello,
    On the subject of easy to make trees the dried flowers of the perennial plant Sedums make well shaped tree in both N and 00.

    • Justin says:

      Nice one Colin! We have some Sedum in the garden. How do you dry it out?

      • colin taylor says:

        Hi Jason,
        You can leave them on the plant till March/April as they can add structure to empty Winter beds or cut down when the flowers fade,tie them in small bunches and suspend in a dry outhouse or shed for a few weeks should do it.All the best .

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