Create your own Scenery : Cheap and Easy Trees

model train scenery: cheap and easy trees

A great deal of the enjoyment that you can get from model railroading comes from designing your own structures and scenery for your layout. After all its the scenery that makes your layout unique.

While you can simply buy and install scenery elements to your layout, there is a great deal of satisfaction from making everything yourself. Not only does it give your layout a more personal touch, it can also save you money, which could be better used towards buying the elements which you can’t make yourself, such as trains, tracks and controllers.

In the following video you will see a short tutorial on how to quickly make cheap, but realistic looking trees, using mostly items that you can pick up cheaply in your local hardware store.

With some tinkering you can use the same materials and technique to make realistic looking hedges as well.

You can also use different shades of green ground cover to your trees and hedges to make them even more realistic. Theres a good selection of ground covers here.

If you have anymore tips and tricks on how to make scenery for your layout using household items then leave them in the comments below.


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Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan fell in love with model trains at the age of six when he visited an NMRA Convention in Seattle with his father. Forty two years later, his passion remains just as strong. After achieving a successful career in architecture, Dan’s particular interest is within layouts and buildings. With a wealth of knowledge on the subject, Dan loves nothing more than sharing this with others and is delighted in the forum of members who are brought together over the hobby they have in common. Dan lives with his wife Helen in Washington. As a professional painter, Helen has learnt through Dan about Model Trains and they now enjoy working on projects together. The only member of the family who isn’t allowed to join in is their over-enthusiastic Labrador called William who has been strictly banned from the workshop! You can find Dan on Google here!


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  1. Kerry Gage
    5 years ago

    Sedum makes great trees (especially N-scale.
    Collect in fall, dry, then apply adhesive and either sponge, leaves, or other items.

    Trunk is a greyish-brown.

    I use it all the time.

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