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Make Miniature Trees for Christmas and Winter Scenes, Villages and Dioramas


These 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.

1. Make a Realistic Miniature Evergreen or Christmas Tree From Lycopodium Moss

Six inch high realistic Christmas tree.
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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:

2. Make Tiny Paper Cones to Add to Miniature Evergreen Trees and Wreaths

Three dolls house scale pine cones on a branch made from lycopodium moss.
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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.

3. 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.
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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.

4. Make Delicate Winter Trees From Lace Paper Doilies

Miniature decorative tree made from layers of folded 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.

5. Make Decorative Palm Trees From Paper and Paint, or Silk Plant Leaves

Scale miniature palm tree set behind a porcelain building in a Christmas Nativity set.
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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.

6. Make Cut Paper Trees From Printer Paper Using Printable Templates

Cut paper trees made from white paper create a winter scene.
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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.

7. Make Delicate Paper Trees From Cut Paper Snowflakes

Snowflake trees in a miniature Christmas village
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.

8. Make Tiny Pine Cone Scale Trees From Paper Hearts

Miniature evergreen trees made to resemble tree ornaments made from pine cone scales.
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.

9. Curly Paper or Ribbon Trees

A finished curly branched miniature evergreen tree for a Christmas scene or village made from paper
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These trees are great made from recyled or new materials. Try them made from newsprint, kraft paper, or recycled ribbon.

10. Make Spiral Trees from Wired Trims or Ribbons

Miniature cone shaped tree for a Christmas village made from wired tinsel
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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.

11. 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.
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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.

12. Make Branched Wire Trunks for Miniature Trees

Shaping the branches of a model tree so they spread out in three dimensions.
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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