Making my own cherry blossom trees…

I am wanting to model some matching terrian to go with the army. So, cherry blossom trees seems a good idea. I may even model some smaller ones into the units. After a few failed attempts this seems to be a workable method.

Items:
1. Lichen (As Paddy pointed out on my scots from last year, makes the bases look like fish tank decorations…)
2. Green garden wire.
3. Straws
4. Gravel/scatter
5. 2p’s
6. Glue (super glue and pva)
7. White spray
8. Blossom colour of choice.

Method
1. Cut 4 short lengths of wire. Long enough to be doubled over to make stems/branches.
2. Double over the wire and twist the strands together to make a trunk and 8 branches. Set the bottom loops out to hold the tree up right.
3. Cut a length of straw to be the trunk. Slide over the wire. Spray out feet and branches.
4. Glue base of trunk to the 2p. I would use super glue to ensure an easy first fixing.
5. Arrange/snip branches to preference.
6. Add some pva glue along the branch and slide on the lichen.
7. Add pva to base and gravel scatter. Leave to dry.

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At this stage you could just paint the base and trunk and have some nice autumn themed trees.

However, undercoated in white then painted with a light pink colour and added basing. Final coat of spray Matt varnish. I shall be making a few more of these for terrian choices and May model smaller ones into the units.

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