Model Railway Trees: How To Make Your Own Trees In 5 Steps

Look at any good model railway layout and you’ll see trees. Here, in 5 five easy steps, is how to make your own trees out of objects from around your home.

Although not expensive, trees for model railways – such as these (link via Amazon) – cost money. Yet with a little effort you can make your own from everyday objects at little or no cost.

And, over at Storm The Castle is a great tutorial on doing just this and which is summarised below into 5 simple, easy, steps.

#1 Cut Wire

Make a treeCut several pieces of Copper wire from any standard house wire, a cable with a plug on it.

Each strip of wire should be few inches long for OO scale; for smaller scales reduce the length.

#2 Twist and Shape

With pliers, twist these so they form a trunk and shape the wires at the other end into the shape required for the branches – see picture.

You’ll need two pliers to do this, holding the trunk with one pair and twisting the other strands around it.

#3 Paint the Trunk and Branches 

Use a paint that for metal and for realism using different shades around the trunk.

finished tree#4 Add Foliage

Coat the branches in hob-e-tac adhesive (via Amazon) and then tear up old kitchen sponge and fix to the branches. Older kitchen sponges tend to fade so these can be use to add different shades of green to your trees to add realism.

#5 Insert and Admire

Once the tree is complete, make a hole in your layout; drop in some glue, insert the tree and step back and admire your creation. The picture(s) above are from the original article and shows just what’s possible using these five simple steps.

Alternatively, watch this video by Philip Stephens who describes a more involved but perhaps slightly better approach to making trees.

Let me know how you get on with a comment below or send me a tweet at @modelrailwayeng.

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