Here we go. Here's a little photo clinic showing one of my methods for making realistic foreground trees. The materials list is: dried flower stems or similar natural trunk/branch materials, Scenic Express natural tree kit branch material, round toothpicks, super glue, model putty (I prefer Green Squadron Putty), wax paper, small squares of foam board for a temporary base, paints tweezers and so on. The first pic shows the dried flower stems I use alongside the Scenic Express branch material. It is sold $24 a box and yields tons of trees. Cut the Scenic Express branch clusters off into small pieces. I cut the flower stem to length for the trunk and cut off all the dried flower tips off the top leaving as much of the branch like structure as possible. Then cut a toothpick in half, sharpen the cut end and shove it up into the base of the tree using super glue to secure it. Force it in tight and if it splits a bit no worries. Then make a base for it using square pieces of foam board. Tape a square of wax paper to the base and push your tree into it. The wax paper keeps the model putty from eating the foam and preserves the modeled roots when removing the tree from the base later. Trust me, don't forget the wax paper. Now use tweezers to poke the small branch clusters down into the top of the tree. Just shove them into the tree top and find a place where the small cluster is up against the main tree structure and secure with super glue as in the photo. Don't worry much about neatness, adding the leaves later will cover up most ugliness. Try to insert as many clusters as you can to give the tree some shape and eliminate the flat top appearance and bare spots. If more branches are needed lower on the trunk just drill a hole in the trunk with a fine bit and glue a branch cluster into it. Stand by for more!