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This guide will take you through the steps to create quick and easy model wire trees. These trees are great for model railroads, architectural and landscape models, or simply for decoration around your home (if you're into that kind of stuff). These instructions will take you through the steps to create a typical deciduous tree (let's say a pin oak) but once you've learned the technique you can create nearly any type of tree imaginable. Anyone with two hands and a little creativity can complete this tutorial (children should have parental supervision when completing this process). Your first tree will probably take you five to ten minutes to create but with some practice you'll be able to whip one out in about 30 seconds. Let's get to it.
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Step 1: Gather Your Materials

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To create one of these beautiful trees you'll need to gather a few things:
  • 15+ feet of aluminum Wire (I'll be using 28 gauge for this tutorial)
  • 1 small board (2.5" x 12" x 1" or larger)
  • 2 small nails (2-3" in length)
  • wire cutters
  • hammer
  • 2 clamps
  • A table or similar sturdy, flat surface
  • small pliers (optional)
  • steel wool (optional)
  • model railroad flocking (optional)
  • spray adhesive (optional)
Got everything? Good. Let's get started.
MarkML3 months ago
Excellent! I like your beginning technique and the simple jig. I have seen other methods that are more complicated. I am looking forward to trying your technique.

For others who commented, and like the author said, there are many, many decorating techniques. Search for making model railroad trees online and you find more ideas that are sure to meet your need for trees regardless of the purpose.
Dutchfreak7 months ago

Nice instructable. like the use of the word "realistic look" when you made a tree out of aluminum wire :P

mskiera11 months ago

I made one with gold wire and I'm going to attach white tissue paper flowers. Any other ideas? I'm going to make a bunch of these for christmas!

rustygadget2 years ago
These are really cool! You could put beads on the ends on the branches for a cool effect
ChrysN3 years ago
Cool looking tree!