Two Tutorials


All over New England, (particularly Cape Cod,) there are up-right junipers, prominent in sand dunes and marshes.

They are a great addition to any layout, whether it’s modeling New England or Colorado.  These steps will show you how to make great junipers!

Fig 1: Materials needed

Scenic cement

Hat pin with loop at end

                   Ground Cover

                      (any shade)

                 X-acto knife

Lichen foliage

Fig 2

Cut a small slit in the foam.  Note* if you have constructed you layout with sheet rock or plywood, this project may be slightly difficult.

Fig 3

Take the hat pin and insert it upside down (loop at bottom) so that the looped end goes into the slit you cut.

Fig 4

use basic every day scissors (not special Micro mark scissors, all though they would work) to cut the lichen foliage into a shape that you like.

Fig 5

use your scenic cement mixture (part water part elmers white glue-all) and spray it on the foliage.

Fig 6

Toss the glue covered foliage around in a container of ground cover turf, and the tree will begin to come to life!

Fig 7

Now slip the glued-ground covered-lichen onto the hat pin.  (make sure that the sharp side is facing up.)

Fig 9

We sprinkled some more ground cover over the tree to cover up the areas that we didn’t get.

Fig 8

Now you can do final touch-ups.  here, we are spraying another coat of scenic cement on the tree.

Field grass fast

Fig 1

Take two strips of woodland scenics field grass (remember, any shade) and rid them of any loose strands.  Take your grass lengths and twist it in the middle so that the ends sort of flare out. 

Fig 2

Use Elmer’s white glue all next.

Fig 4

Use a paint brush, preferably diminutive, to gather a good bit of glue on the end of the brush.

Fig 5

Now brush the glue on in the middle of each grass strand, no matter how many you chose to make.  We will generally let the glue dry for about a few hours.  perhaps longer if you live in a humid environment like Cape Cod.  after it dries use an X-acto knife to sever the glue in the very middle of the grass strand.  basically, cut it in half.  it will make two pieces of field grass, with the bottoms held by the glue.