Pine Trees made easy

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Step Five: When youíre satisfied with the look of the trunk (or dowel), then take a brown mixture of paint (you decide on how dark a color you want the bark to be) and paint the dowel completely. I used an oak stain color made by Delta from Home Decor. They make different stain‐like colors that match real life wood. When done, place a small amount of white glue on the end of the ferns stem and insert it into the hole. To make sure you are satisfied with the look and position of each fern, view the tree at different angles until you are satisfied with the look. If you are not satisfied then just remove them and place them into another hole. Touch up the areas where excess glue might have oozed out with your brown paint. You can go all out and actually paint the branch where the small ferns leaves are situated with brown paint to represent the bark of the branches itself but that would probably be over‐doing it. I painted some of the branches but left some the way it was. Itís so small that hardly anyone would take notice of it. Youíll really have to look closely. ‐ Well that is it. Thatís all there is to it. Now, that wasnít too complicated. Have Fun!
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About Charles King (ti)

Charles King hails from Sweden. He has been interested in modeling since he was 12; though there was other interest that took priority at the time, he would eventually fall into the modeling soon enough. Not until recent,in 2002 that his interest was rekindled. While browsing the Internet, he ca...


Hmmm, my grandmother emigrated from a small town near Charles called Aspa Boda. Small world. And great-looking trees.
JUL 02, 2009 - 03:22 AM
Graet information. Short and to the point. Well presented. Why, though, do you paint before applying the preservative? I would think it would be better to preserve then paint. Thanks for putting this together...
JUL 02, 2009 - 08:39 AM
The idea of painting before preserving was to have a matt base for the paint to adhere to otherwise it might lossen up. I maybe wrong, but you can try the other way round if it suits you. As I mentioned, there are more ways to skin a cat. Like to apologies for the quality of the pics. The article was done many years ago.
JUL 05, 2009 - 09:02 PM
Must say I like the bark look achieved with the staining, and also appreciate the total home-madeness of it I've been thinking about some tiny trees for a base I need to make, and this has made me think some more. Actually it reallly made me laugh: after softening us up with the picture of the tiny hand grinding tool at the start, that photo suddenly pops up of the full-on industrial grinder. . .
JUL 07, 2009 - 10:58 AM
Bra jobbat! Nicely done Charles. Great job as usual. Thought you had dissappeared completely from us.
JUL 07, 2009 - 11:36 AM
I know. Actually I wasn't referring to it although it might have looked like I was insinuating.
JUL 08, 2009 - 03:25 AM
Great technique Charles! It's just what I've been looking for so I can complete a dio. I'm working on. Much appreciated!
JUL 13, 2009 - 06:06 AM
I'm glad you found it useful Erik. Thank you. I think this method is a very easy one compared to many others I have read. But that is an individual's point of view of course.
JUL 14, 2009 - 04:12 AM
Congratulation on job well done. The bark on those pines look awesome. Love the scene too in your pictures.
JUL 17, 2009 - 01:55 PM
It would be nice to hear from those that have actually used this article. I would like to know how it turned out. Are you satisfied with this method or was it too complicated? I like to hear what people thought as this is something I do not see from other features. This will encourage others as well. Thanks
AUG 28, 2009 - 07:46 PM