How To Flock a Christmas Tree in 8 Simple Steps

Flocking your tree is a great way to get this idyllic scenery no matter what Mother Nature has in store.

No matter what Mother Nature has in store, flocking your tree is a great way to get the idyllic white Christmas scenes of your dreams. Flocking is synthetic dust used by decorators to achieve the look of a Christmas tree coated with freshly powdered snow. If you aren't familiar with it, here are ways flocking is used to give Christmas trees this natural look and tips for creating a winter wonderland.

Flocking Christmas Tree Techniques

Flocking Kits

The first way to achieve this look is to use a Christmas tree flocking kit. These kits usually include a misting gun, which filters an even amount of flock and water, creating an even and realistic look.

Flocking Spray

The most popular method is to use a flocking spray or self-adhesive powder. Powders are more commonly used for trees and wreaths, while sprays cover windows with a snowy gloss. Powders create more realistic snow looks if that is what you want to achieve. These powders also provide a lovely glimmer to your trees.

Purchase Professionally Flocked Trees

Finally, professionally pre-flocked trees are available for purchase if you don't want to spend time flocking a tree. According to Santa's Tree Farm and Village, professionally flocked trees can cost around ten dollars for every foot, in addition to the price of the tree.

Another benefit of using a professionally flocked tree is they are available in different colors. To customize your Christmas tree to fit into your home's decor, you can find flocked trees in various colors, including white, pink, blue, red, and even black, for a unique display.

Flocked Christmas Tree by Jan Showers
Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Jan Showers

How To Flock a Christmas Tree

If you are going to do it yourself at home, here are some tips for creating a flawless look.

1. Work Outside

Since flocking can spray dust or powder throughout the area where this process is taking place, it's best to work outdoors. A basement or garage is also an option, but try to incorporate proper ventilation in your work area. Cover the floor beneath the tree with a tarp or an old sheet if working indoors—the white powder gets messy.

2. Wear Protective Gear

Wear goggles, gloves, and a mask to protect yourself from ingesting harmful materials. Remember to ventilate the space.

3. Start at the Top

Start at the top of the tree and work your way down. Some flock will fall off the needles and land on branches below. This process creates a more natural snowfall look, and it will save you from doing double the work.

4. Allow Clusters To Form

Apply the flock only to the tips of the needles. Allow it to form clusters on the branches. Also, remember not to smear it on the needles or apply it to the underside of the branches. Doing this will make the tree look more artificial, which might not be your objective.

5. Use a Handheld Sifter

A handheld sifter will make the job more manageable if you plan to use a self-adhesive powder. Use a spray bottle to mist a section of the tree with water first, then scoop some of the flock into your strainer and sift it onto the damp tree. Spray the flocked area once more with water. Note: A flocked tree can't get wet again, or it won't dry properly.

6. Consider Hand-Making the Flock

Consider making your flock. Soap shavings are the most convenient and affordable option (though laundry detergent, shaving cream, and coconut also work). Combine the soap shavings with liquid cornstarch or white glue in a mixer on medium speed. Add warm water and continue beating until it resembles a nougat-like consistency. Use a paintbrush to apply in dollops.

7. Ensure Your Tree Drys Properly

After applying the flock, allow your tree to dry for eight to 24 hours, depending on the tree's size. You want it to dry entirely before relocating.

8. Adding Additional Decor

If you want to add Christmas lights to your freshly flocked tree, set them away from the flock. Allow space for the light to reflect off your glimmery tree and showcase your work.

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