How to Make Artificial Bonsai

Updated February 21, 2017

An actual bonsai tree requires long-term planning and patience. By keeping roots confined and trimmed back and carefully shaping a bonsai, a tree may last hundreds of years while appearing to be a perfectly crafted miniature version of a full-sized tree. However, not everyone has the patience to care for this style of tree. One easy alternative is to make an artificial bonsai.

Cut floral crafting foam to fit inside of your bonsai pot. Since floral foam is lightweight, you will need to hot glue the foam into the bottom of the pot to stabilise it against the weight of the tree. Place crafting moss over the top of the floral foam to disguise its appearance.

Shape your craft wire to form your tree. Consider the shape that you want your tree to bend in. Most bonsai are carefully shaped to emulate the natural bends and twists that a tree will take when exposed to lack of water, confined roots and fierce winds of high mountain regions. Once you have decided upon a shape, bend your craft wire to match that shape. The craft wire will be the "skeleton" of the tree.

Flesh out the shape of the tree by wrapping paper towels around the wire until your tree's trunk and limbs are the correct size and shape. Then cover this padding with brown floral tape. Wrap the floral tape in a spiral wrap, making sure that the edges overlap.

Hot glue your cherry blossoms to the branches of the tree. Then insert the trunk of the tree into the floral foam, anchoring the exposed end of the tree deeply inside the foam. Pull the moss around the base to hide any wrinkles in the floral tape.

Clean up your tree by brushing the branches and flowers with a toothbrush to remove any hot glue marks. Clean off any dust with a canned air gun. Periodically, you will need to keep dust off of your bonsai tree to make it appear more realistic by dusting with canned air.


Be careful when using a hot glue gun. Heated glue and the heating elements of the hot glue gun can create serious burns.

Things You'll Need

  • Bonsai pot
  • 18-gauge wire
  • 22-gauge wire
  • Pliars
  • Paper towel
  • Brown floral tape
  • Floral crafting foam
  • Crafting moss
  • Silk cherry blossoms
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Toothbrush
  • Canned air
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Tracy Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas.