If you are new to Christmas tree decorating, beyond the typical lights and ornaments, then the phrase flocking a tree might sound a little strange to you.
For those of you who are new to the idea of flocking, it’s the idea of giving your tree a snowy look or like it has snow on it. While you can go the store-bought route, many store-bought trees that have that snowy touch to it look fake. While we all know that it’s impossible to bring the snow indoors, your tree can look so much sweeter by adding that special touch! Here is an in-depth guide for how to properly flock a Christmas tree.
Step 1: Mist your Christmas tree with water
The first thing you will want to do is lightly spray your tree with a little bit of water. The best way to do this is by using a spray bottle. You want to be careful to do one section at a time. You will do this before and after you flock your tree. It’s important to add water because water will activate the adhesive element, which allows it to seal it to your tree.
Step 2: Sift your flocking to the tree
Using a strainer, sift your flocking onto the tree. Then, using your spray bottle with water, spray the flocked section again.
Step 3: Repeat
You want to continue this process by moving one section at a time around your tree.
Step 4: Adding the finishing touches
There are a few additional steps you will need to do to finish off your tree. If you want to make your tree look more full, go back and add more water and flocking to sections of your tree. Sometimes your flocking can take a while to dry. It should be drive after a few hours, but I’ve had to leave mine overnight to fully let it dry sometimes. If you decided to go with a thicker flock, than you may need up to 72 hours to fully let it dry. The thicker the coating, the longer it will take to dry. Make sure that your tree has thoroughly dried before adding any lights or ornaments to the try.
How long does a flocked tree last?
If you are using an excellent quality flocking kit, then you can expect them to last a year or more. You may need to do touch-ups each year, but they do last a long time!
Tips and tricks
If you are looking for even more tricks for flocking your tree, I’ve added a few additional tips here!
- If using a fake tree, you may need to remove the sections so you can reach some of the inner branches.
- If you want to give your tree a more natural look, a lighter dusting of snow, then start with a thin layer. You can always add more later, but you can’t take away once you’ve added it to your tree branch.
Whether you are using a fake or real tree this year, I hope this has given you some inspiration for how to take your Christmas tree game up a notch! I’ve flocked a handful of fake & real Christmas trees over the years. It can be a bit time consuming and messy, but it’s so worth it!