Make Miniature Trees for 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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    Six inch high realistic Christmas tree.
    Miniature Christmas Tree Made From a Bottle Brush and Lycopodium Moss for Dolls House, Christmas Village or Railroad Scenes. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    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.

    To decorate your tree for a Christmas scene,use any of these easy to make projects:

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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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    Cut paper trees made from white paper create a winter scene.
    Easy to make paper trees can be grouped for a decorative miniature scene. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    Sewing thread, paper, and sharp scissors combine to make these wonderful stand up cut paper trees for a centerpiece or a Christmas village backdrop. Use the printable templates included with the instructions or adapt the designs to make your own version.

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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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    Miniature evergreen trees made to resemble tree ornaments made from pine cone scales.
    Two miniature pine cone scale trees made from paper. One is glittered to resemble a dusting of snow, while the other is plain. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    Made to resemble popular winter decorations in full scale, these versions are made from recycled kraft (brown) paper hearts. The technique is simple, and can be used to make trees from 1/4 inch tall to twelve inches, it just depends on the size of heart you cut or punch from your paper.

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    Make Modern Trees from Stacked Layers of Branches or Silver Tinsel

    Tree for a rustc miniature village made from twigs.
    Easy to make twig tree for a miniature winter or Christmas scene. Photo © 2014 Lesley Shepherd

    Using a section of wire as a "trunk" you can make a range of stacked trees from almost anything. This tutorial shows how to make a flat or 3d twig tree as well as silver tinsel 'modern' Christmas trees.



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    Curly Paper or Ribbon Trees

    A finished curly branched miniature evergreen tree for a Christmas scene or village made from paper
    A finished curly branched miniature evergreen tree for a Christmas scene or village made from paper strips. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    These trees are great made from recyled or new materials. Try them made from newsprint, kraft paper, or recycled ribbon.

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    Miniature cone shaped tree for a Christmas village made from wired tinsel
    Miniature spiral tree made from wired tinsel for a Christmas village or dolls house. Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    If you want a more modern look for your miniature forest, these spiral trees are easily shaped from any type of wired trim or ribbon. Use wired tinsel as shown here, or try gauzy wired Christmas ribbons, or recycled paper twisted around longer lengths of recycled twist ties. Sequins and tiny stars make great ornaments for these little trees.

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    Swirly Trees Made From Clear Acetate or Plastic and Stickers or Glitter

    Two miniature trees made from with glitter, flocking and stickers on clear acetate sheets.
    Two miniature trees show the design possibilities of working with glitter, flocking and stickers on clear acetate sheets. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    Here's another twist on the traditional miniature tree, these can be used for any scene or occassion, just change the sticker or glitter color and style to suit. The plastic sheets can be recycled packaging material, or clear plastic from a scrapbook supplier.

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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.


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    Miniature decorative tree made from layers of folded doilies.
    Miniature winter tree for a decoration or Christmas village display, made from layers of folded paper doilies. Photo © 2011 Lesley Shepherd

    If you need something quick and delicate to add to a buffet table or to decorate a mantlepiece, these trees made from lace paper doilies take only minutes to make. They fit with a range of displays and can easily be decorated with glitter or small sequins.

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    Make Printable Miniature Christmas Tree Skirts for Your Tiny Trees

    Printable Christmas tree skirts in dollhouse scale made of paper lined with foil for shape.
    Printable Christmas tree skirts in dollhouse scale made of paper lined with foil for shape. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    Print off these Christmas tree skirts to cover the base of your tree for an indoor scene. The skirts are available in three designs, in scales from 1:6 (fashion doll scale) down to 1:48.