How to flock a Christmas tree?
Some of you may not even know what a flocked Christmas tree is…and that’s ok.
WHAT IS A FLOCKED CHRISTMAS TREE?
Flocked Christmas trees are basically Christmas trees with artificial snow on them.
Flocked Christmas trees are filling stores everywhere and if you look at magazines or home décor accounts on Instagram, you are bound to see the beautiful flocked Christmas trees that look like they have a touch of snow on them.
HOW TO FLOCK A CHRISTMAS TREE
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But what if you want to flock a Christmas tree using stuff you have at home?
I need to stick to a budget, so I wanted to try flock a Christmas tree using what I had.
My daughters and I looked through our supplies and then began our fun little project.
I shared it on Instagram and so many people loved it and wanted to know how I did it, so I decided to write this post in case any of you want to give it a try!
SUPPLIES NEEDED TO FLOCK A CHRISTMAS TREE
- Old paper or sheets to protect your workspace
- An old pail to mix the flocking in
- Gloves to protect your hands
- Small artificial Christmas trees
- White Glue
- Corn Starch
- Shaving Cream (not gel)
- Artificial shredded snow (mine is from the dollar store)
First, spray your shaving cream into the pail until you have approximately 2 -3 cups of foam.
Since I was wearing plastic gloves, I just mixed up the flocking mixture with my hands until combined.
Next, I started at the top of my little artificial Christmas tree and put on the mixture from top to bottom on the tree using my hands.
I did not focus on the underside of branches as I wanted it to look like the snow had just fallen on top of the trees.
My daughters wore gloves and each flocked a few trees too. We had enough flocking to flock 4 medium trees (approx. 18” – 20”) and 4 small trees (approx. 12”).
I should mention that I did not measure anything exact, and I’ve made it twice – both times it worked out perfectly.
Once I had it how I liked I used the bag of shredded snow and sprinkled it on top of the wet flocking. I was holding the tree and rotating it and moving it side to side to get the snow to stick somewhat evenly.
Then I gently shook off the tree to drop any of the artificial snow that didn’t stick and then I set the tree on the paper to dry.
If you want to see flocking in action, check out our Instagram highlight story “Flocking Trees”.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR FLOCKING TO DRY?
I let them dry for about 2 hours before I moved them to where I wanted them.
I knew they would not be touched where I was putting them, so that worked out well. I would say it takes at least 12 hours to dry fully. The flocking dries so well and looks absolutely beautiful and it surprisingly stays on the branches quite nicely!
I am so happy that I decided to flock a Christmas tree using stuff I had at home.
The trees are pictured with some DIY Chalkboard art I did.
You can see more photos on our Instagram account.
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