Making OO scale model plants and pots

making oo gauge plantsHow to make outdoor ornamental plants and pots for stations, gardens and building fronts.

My OO gauge station platform was looking a bit sparse so I’ve added a few pot plants.

Making a plant pot

Initially, I tried making the plant pot from air drying clay but it was too small to work in clay. I also tried Green Stuff. This worked well and if it wasn’t for a chance discovery it’s what I’d still be using.

It was while waiting for the Greenstuff and I was tidying up that I found a better, much quicker, alternative.

cable tie

I was tidying up the cables for the assorted power tools I have (the Dremel, hot glue gun, soldering iron etc) and held them in place with a nylon cable tie.

While fastening one I noticed the little latching cube that you push the other end of the cable tie through.

Hmmm. I cut it off and checked the size. By complete chance it was just right for the flower pot on a station platform.

A bit of filing to clean it up and then painted red to match the downpipe of the station building and I had a perfect little flower pot.

For garden plant pots, I’d still go with making them from Greenstuff but for this particular use the cabletie lock is ideal and by far the quickest to make.

Making the plant

The plant itself is some the tip of some Seaform painted brown. Like I used the same technique as used when foliage for making model roses. Dip the plant into some PVA glue and then into some dark green static grass, 1 or 2mm. Any clumps that are too large were pulled off.

The flowers were fine scatter, dropped in some paint, and then individually glued around the plant with Superglue. I wanted yellow flowers and used Citadel Averland Sunset.

Finally, I filled the inside of the cable tie grip with Uhu and gently pushed my delicate little plant into it and left it to dry. Once dry, the Uhu was painted a dark brown to look like soil.

model plant oo gaugeAnd that’s it.

My plant and its pot now sit on the station platform and I’m pleased with the look. It adds a homely touch to station and makes the it look lived in.

I’m now making some to go around buildings on my other layouts such as this one next to the door of a goods office I’m working on for an 009 layout.

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Founder of ModelRailwayEngineer, Andy Leaning

Andy is a lifelong modeler, writer, and founder of He has been building model railways, dioramas, and miniatures for over 20 years. His passion for model making and railways began when he was a child, building his first layout at the age of seven.
Andy’s particular passion is making scenery and structures in 4mm scale, which he sells commercially. He is particularly interested in modelling the railways of South West England during the late Victorian/early Edwardian era, although he also enjoys making sci-fi and fantasy figures and dioramas. His website has won several awards, and he is a member of MERG (Model Railway Electronics Group) and the 009 Society.
When not making models, Andy lives in Surrey with his wife and teenage son. Other interests include history, science fiction, photography, and programming. Read more about Andy.

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