Container tree, part 1

by brae  

I made a small tree, but instead of planting this one in the ground, I wanted a container tree that I could reposition. I'm using the same wire and putty technique I've used in the past for the trunk, and candytuft for the foliage - notes at the bottom.

I measured the wire structure against the wall to make sure I had good height.

I used a clamp covered with plastic wrap to hold the tree while protecting the clamp.

Applying the putty.

Painting the tree.

Painting the separated candytuft branches -- I ended up making quite a few more than shown here.

Ghost is modeling to show the smaller stature of the tree.

I built a container from basswood and small scale siding from my box of scraps.

I wanted something compact but believable in proportion to the tree.

I stained the planter box with Minwax stain, the color is Fruitwood.

I coated the interior with a heavy layer of tacky glue. This will seal it for when I get to planting the tree.

More to come....

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Notes: Link to the first tree I made using this technique - follow the links in the first sentence back through the process.

A good starting source if you can find it is the DVD Master Miniaturists: Landscaping Primer with Diane Myrick. I got mine through interlibrary loan. This whole series is just awesome! 

This is the tutorial by Connie Sauve on using candytuft for the foliage. I doubt I will go back to using individual leaves again unless I want a specific type of tree where candytuft won't work. :]

I buy candytuft from Scenery Solutions.

10 comments

Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]
That looks wonderful! The planter is so well done.
11/20/20 @ 20:24
Comment from: Marilyn Hughes [Visitor]
The tree looks so real! WONDERFUL
11/21/20 @ 07:36
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
It’s great! I like it’s shape.
11/21/20 @ 08:30
Comment from: Sheila Lester [Visitor]
It looks great so far. I really need to do more trees. Every time I see yours I remember how much fun they are.
11/22/20 @ 11:21
Comment from: Kamelia [Visitor]
Both tree and container looks great. :)
11/23/20 @ 01:33
Comment from: Linda Ford [Visitor]
I understand from these posts that you STARTED OVER for the contest. Difficult decision but I get it. So I am so excited and interested in what you have decided. It is Nov 29 so I am curious if you will make deadline or just create to create. GO LADY.
11/29/20 @ 13:14
Yay for mentioning (and using!) interlibrary loan :-D
12/08/20 @ 22:24
Comment from: Jeanne [Visitor]
Your trees are always remarkably beautiful --
12/16/20 @ 00:31
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
A realistically lovely tree, as always. I like the planter box idea. Looking forward to seeing your complete project.
12/18/20 @ 02:40
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>>

Yes, I had to switch gears when the first project idea didn't work as I wanted. Better to start over than to be disappointed with the direction it was going. :no:

I love Interlibrary Loan! I use it all the time. :yes:
01/20/21 @ 11:43


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