My take on easy trees

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  1. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus


    I want trees and lots of them. I don’t however, have the patience to sit down and meticulously construct one tree at a time. I also don’t have the budget to buy box after box of Woodland Scenic’s ready mades. They needed to be cheap, quick and easy to make.
    I experimented with three different alternatives…

    Tree type #1
    Mediterranean Garden - D03 328185
    Some sort of manufactured floral accessory
    Available at Michaels (an arts and crafts store)
    Price - US $4.99 per bunch. Each bunch yields 30-50 trees.

    Tree type #2
    Candy Tuft, Natural - 402202
    Appears to be dried, authentic weeds of some kind
    Also available at Michaels (an arts and crafts store)
    Price - US $4.99 per bunch. Yield will depend on how big you make your trees – 20-50 trees.

    Tree type #3
    Yarrow - a common weed in the northern hemisphere.
    Make sure you use the dead, dried version.
    As per Wikipedia,
    A description…
    A picture in its natural environment…
    Price - As my parents have a whole ranch of them, I can collect as many as I like seasonally for free.

    A smaller version…

    As the Mediterranean Garden plants have been manufactured, they come apart at the joints quite nicely leaving you with a perfect little tree. In the past, Nazgul and I have both tried painting them darker shades of green. I won’t be doing that this time.

    The Candy Tuft appears to be a dried weed, simply look at the ends of each bunch to “break off” appropriately sized trees. You can make them as large or as small as you like (within reason).

    Yarrow grows on long slender stalks up to 3’ tall. All I am interested in is the top 3” or so. Again, “break off” appropriately sized trees.

    Now that you have a whole slew of trees ready for the next step, we can look at adhesive and foliage.

    Quite honestly, when I was looking for spray adhesives, I picked this can because it had a picture of a model railroad on the front. How appropriate is that?

    Woodland Scenics. I used a green color but you cold use autumn colors if that was the season you were modeling.

    Pour the Fine Turf / Green Grass into a paper plate. I mixed a little tan in with the green for variation. Protect your hand from the spray adhesive or you will end up with fuzzy green fingers (been there, done that). As I had no gloves, I stuck my hand inside of a sandwich baggy and held the trees that way. Apply a fairly heavy coat of adhesive to the new tree. Then, rub the tree around in the foliage until the coverage meets with your approval. Take your time here as you need to be careful not to get any of the foliage onto your branches or it will look like you have green fuzzy branches (as I did on one of them because I was in a hurry). You may need to sprinkle some additional foliage on the underside or other places you did not adequately cover. If the coverage is not sufficient, spray the tree again and add some more.
    Mediterranean Garden...

    Candy Tuft


    Final results…
    Mediterranean Garden

    Candy Tuft


    I also tried all different sizes of the Candy Tuft.
  2. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    TrainNut, WOW!:eeki: GREAT TUTORIAL!:thumb: , it really yielded some NICE trees:thumb::thumb::thumb: .
    :deano: -Deano
  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    Nicely done!

    For more detailed foreground trees, you can also combine bunches of candy tuft and/or yarrow for a more substantial trunk and branch structure. Of course, it's more work, but generally, you need less of these.

    :thumb: :thumb:

  4. HoosierDaddy

    HoosierDaddy Member

    Wow, I have yarrow and candy tuft planted in the landscaping around my house. Now if I could just get the plastic Mediterranean Garden to grow I'll be set for trees. Very nice tutorial TrainNut.

  5. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Thank you kind sir. It's not everyday that someone posts an N scale tutorial, especially on a subject we all need to learn more about. I've got some of this stuff and I've got to try your process, quick, easy and cheap.:thumb: :thumb:
  6. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    Great job! will definitely be trying that:thumb::thumb:
    Also, I could not agree more about the price of pre-made trees:eek:.

    Cheap and Easy....what could be better!:winker:
  7. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    Thanks everybody for the compliments. It's always fun when the results of the experiment turn out well. I think that I am going to pick Yarrow as my favorite with Candy Tuft following close behind.
  8. Relic

    Relic Member

    Estilbe,for softwood and sedum for hardwood.There are different kinof each and some make better trees than others,but they fit my budget so thats what I use
  9. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    I found Sedum in Wikipedia but I could not find any reference to Estilbe. Could it be spelled differently? I tried a few variations with no luck.
  10. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    "Estilbe" should be Astilbe if memory serves...

  11. Relic

    Relic Member

    Yor rite MJ,I haddit spelt rong
  12. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Know worries. Yore spill chequer should half caught that fore ewe...

    ;) :D sign1

  13. Kevinkrey

    Kevinkrey Member

    GREAT idea, I love the way they turned out. Anybody have ideas for pine trees similar to the ones offered by Grandt Central?

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