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Craft Your Own Enchanting Bansoy

This tree miniature, which is a variation of the bonsai, can add a touch of whimsy to your space

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Original Article: Charmaine S. Baylon Photography: Dakila Angeles

When it comes to adding refreshing elements as part the home’s look, it’s common to turn to vases filled with blooms, potted succulents, and even elaborate terrariums. If you’ve always been fascinated with bonsais and magnificent trees, you may want to try your hand at creating a bansoy. The Filipino version of the well-loved Japanese art of miniaturizing trees, the term bansoy came from bansot na halamang makahoy, first coined by the late artist Jerry Araos.

Jerry started doing bonsai but realized that the plants used and practices needed do not fit our environment. He began working with bayabas and kakawate then used full-grown local trees as inspiration. Curious as to how you can make one? Get started on a new hobby with the steps below.

What you need:

  • Plant—some of the woody plants you can use for your bansoy project include balete, bignay kalabaw, bitongol, bougainvillea, camachile, kamuning, and sampalok
  • Deep pot and soil
  • Pruning shears
  • Trowel
  • Copper or aluminum wires
  • Acrylic or latext paintbrush
  • Pliers
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