DIY your own Flocked Christmas tree with this easy, inexpensive step-by-step tutorial! Follow these simple steps for how to flock a Christmas tree to create your own beautiful snowy tree this holiday season.
I am so excited to share this tutorial with you today! The question I am asked most frequently is How do you Flock a Christmas tree? Also, how to choose and buy an artificial flocked Christmas treeand also how to set up and fluff an artificial Christmas tree. This post will give you allllll my best tips including photo and video tutorials! You can do this!
The first time I flocked a tree, I was actually re-flocking an older one. The lights on my tree completely burned out as well and I couldn't get them working again, so I restrung lights on the entire tree and then I re-flocked it. I love a lot of heavy flocking on trees, so I was determined to find out how to add flocking to my tree the real way. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and relatively inexpensive it was! And a little bit of flocking goes a long way!
Where to Buy Christmas Tree Flocking
I have tried out a few self-adhesive flocking powders and this is the one that I prefer. I have only been able to find flocking powder online and this is my favorite for both great results and affordability. I will link to several options below, however since it does tend to sell out quickly.
This is the real, professional flocking- not the knock offs that you sometimes see on Pinterest. Don't get me wrong, some of the knock offs are really pretty, but I prefer the look and feel, quality and durability of the real stuff. I have flocked and re-flocked many trees, and will share some of my best tips and tricks with you!
How much Flocking to use on a tree?
This will depend on how thick you like your flocking and the size of your tree. I prefer heavy flocking so I used almost an entire 5 pound box on my 9 foot tree. If you prefer it a little lighter, you could get away with flocking two 6 to 7 ft trees with a 5 pound box. If you are flocking wreaths or garlands, you will only need a pound or so for each. I have a couple sizes linked below.
Supplies you will need:
- A Christmas Tree- Real or Faux
- Self Adhesive Christmas Tree Flock:
- Spray bottle full of water
- Kitchen sifter
How to Flock a Christmas Tree
I have step-by-step video and picture tutorials below so you can see how easy and fun it is to flock your Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, and more. Warning: it is addictive and you will want to flock all the things!
Before we start, here are 3 questions I am asked frequently:
- Is it safe to do the flocking over lights- I always do and have never had an issue. I love the look of the glow of the snow covered lights. With that said, be sure to refer to flocking and tree manufacturer instructions.
- How to store a flocked Christmas tree- I have all of my best Christmas storage and organization tips compiled in a post for you!
- How to decorate a flocked tree- You can see my full process in my post on How to decorate a Christmas tree.
Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial
I will show you on a single branch to give you an idea of how the process works, but I did do it to my entire tree, and I did it while it was all assembled.
I will show you up close on a single branch (to give you an idea of how the process works) but I don't typically do it on individual branches like this. I always do it on my entire assembled and fluffed tree (see video tutorial).
First, begin by fluffing the branches on your tree (or garland).
Then spray with water. (I made a little video of this process that I will work on posting)
Then sift on the self adhesive flocking powder until desired thickness.
Spray again with water. The water activates the adhesive.
Repeat above steps until you reach your desired flocking thickness. Like I said, I love thick flocking, so I loaded up my tree, but you could definitely do it lighter for a more natural look. You will get a better result if you do it in layers until you receive your desired thickness.
Let dry for several hours until hardened. I let mine dry overnight just to be sure.
Are Flocked Trees Messy (Do they Shed)?
Flocked trees are so beautiful that I don’t mind the occasional messes, but it is completely a personal preference thing. I have a couple of tips to keep them as clean as possible.
My best trick is to put your tree in a box or collar if you can. This makes it so much easier to not bump and also to sweep/vacuum around the tree. With that said, you can use a traditional tree skirt as well. You might just have to shake it out into the garbage periodically if it gets bumped frequently (if the snow flurries bother you).
Apply flocking properly, making sure to saturate the powder with water so it completely sticks to the tree. This will minimize any flurries from falling if the tree is bumped.
Avoid high traffic areas, if possible, where the Christmas tree will be constantly bumped. With that said, ours is in a high traffic area and I have 4 little kids, so it is totally doable. They know not to touch the tree, so it isn’t an issue.
Are flocked trees safe for kids and pets?
Whether flocking is safe for children and pets is dependent on a couple of factors. Will they be putting it in their mouth? If that is the case, you might want to consider the choking hazard. it is best to look at the product packaging and the MSDS which can usually be found online.
With that said, I have had flocked trees for many years, while having all four of my babies. I taught them not to
I love the look of a flocked tree! It is so beautiful!
I hope you have fun flocking your Christmas trees and if you have any other questions, please ask in the comments below!
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