If you have some room on your diorama, it’s a fun and a fairly easy project to add some big trees to your scenery. I don’t really like using train set diorama trees, since they are not really the right scale for Sylvanian Families. So, here is what my trees look like. There trunks are rather big, but that is because they are self-standing tress that you can move around
I use fake plastic plants from the craft store to make these trees. Depending on how the plants look like, you will have to shape your trees a bit different ways, but it isn’t so hard to figure them out, I hope.
<SHAPING METHOD 1>
If your greens come in like flowers, Just bunch up the stems like the picture below with some tape.
Wrap the stems with aluminum foil to give it more thickness. Stick it in a flowerbed filled with air drying clay like below, or form the roots of the tree with aluminum foil.
Cover the trunk with some air drying clay. You can use any color for the clay, but it is a bit easier if you use brown.
With a tip of a toothpick, draw lines all over the trunk to make it look more realistic.
<SHAPING METHOD 2>
If you happened to have just some leaves, then you might want to try this way to shape your trees.
I happened to have some stems leftover from an old project, so I just used them, but you can just use some thick wire for this part.
Using some heavy duty aluminum foil, form the trunk and roots of your tree. With a glue gun, attach the branches (thick wire) like the picture below.
Cover and shape the trunk and roots with air drying clay.
Draw bunch of lines with the tip of a toothpick.
At this point, you can color your tree. I tend to put the leaves on while I wait for the clay to dry, but it’s really up to you. It is, however, much easier to paint the tree brown before you add the leaves.
With a glue gun, stick the leaves onto branches. at this point, I trimmed the extra branches I didn’t need.
Trim the leaves with scissors so the whole tree is well balanced.
<COLORING YOUR TREE>
Once the clay on your tree is dry, color the trunk with some shades of brown acrylic paints, .
This is just an additional step, but you can put some glue to the trunk, and then sprinkle turf powder to give it a mossy look. (I bought my turf powder from a craft store.)
That’s it! It really doesn’t take too long to make these trees. Give it a shot! You’ll be surprised!