DIY Miniature Christmas and Winter Trees

Add These to Christmas and Winter Scenes, Villages and Dioramas

This two page list of miniature trees range from highly realistic evergreens and palm trees, to stylized see through or white paper versions for backdrops for Christmas village settings. Most require very few materials to make and they can be used in stand alone groups for holiday decorating. The tutorials for each project are linked to the description.

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    miniature christmas tree
    Lesley Sheperd

    This realistic Evergreen Tree can be made sized for a doll's house Christmas display, or used to decorate a Christmas village or railroad diorama. The tree is made from a bottle brush and lycopodium moss.

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    Three dolls house scale pine cones on a branch made from lycopodium moss.
    Dolls house scale tree cones made from paper and wire on a scale miniature tree branch made from lycopodium moss (princes pine). Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    If you want to make your tiny evergreen trees or greenery look even more realistic for your model display, add these easy to assemble cones to the trees. The cones are made from punched circles of paper, attached to wires so they can be easily positioned on the tree or greenery.

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    Scale miniature palm tree set behind a porcelain building in a Christmas Nativity set.
    Scale miniature palm tree made from fabric plant leaves and paper used for a miniature Christmas nativity scene. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    This method of making miniature palms has proved hugely popular. Readers have used them for everything from retirement and wedding cake decorations, to scenery for Christmas villages and gaming terrains. The trees can be made in any size you want. You can make them from painted paper, or use silk plant leaves you cut to suit your particular type of palm.

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    Snowflake trees in a miniature Christmas village
    These miniature winter trees made from stacks of paper snowflakes are a great addition to a Christmas village or winter table setting. Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    These are a great family project or a way to showcase a collection of snowflake styles. I've shown them made with a single branched style of snowflake, along with the steps it takes to cut these snowflakes from a square of white printer paper. You can modify the technique to make trees from all types and colors of paper and snowflake designs.

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    Shaping the branches of a model tree so they spread out in three dimensions.
    The upper branching layers of a tree have a distinctive canopy shape which varies from species to species. The upper branches must be shaped as if they were growing towards the light. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    If you want bare branches for a fall or winter scene, you can make them easily from paper wrapped wire and acrylic paint. These trunks and branches can be used alone, or with moss, fibers, or punched paper or silk leaves to make a range of deciduous or evergreen trees in any model scale. They work well for model railroads and nativities, as well as dollhouse landscapes.

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    Ice covered tree in a quarter scale teacup scene.
    1:48 scale ice covered tree in a winter cabin scene in a teacup. The tree is made from dried weeds. Photo © 2014 Lesley Shepherd

    For smaller scale villages like this quarter scale log cabin in a teacup scene, you can easily make ice covered trees using artist's mediums and sections of dried weeds. Micro beads were used to give this 'tree' the effect of berries.