Let me just say that this project has been a LOOOOONG time coming. It has taken a lot of courage for me to finally tackle it for two reasons,
- The whole idea of flocking just sounds way to big, hard and scary. I mean, what if I messed it up!?
- This tree is very special to me. When Josh and I bought our last home he secretly bought and set this tree up inside the house. When we came to our new home after we officially got the key, just 14 days before Christmas, I opened the door and there it was sitting in the living room. He had already assembled it and everything.
So nevertheless you can see why taking on a project that altered the tree in such a big way might have been scary. Maybe you’re feeling the same way? I understand your worry. I really do. That is why I am so eager to share this tutorial with you! Hopefully, I can provide you some insight and tips to help give you the confidence you need to flock around your Christmas tree…see what I did there?
Let’s begin shall we? After lots of reading up on the process and various products I opted to use Snoflock from Amazon, a sifter and a weed sprayer from Lowe’s. The things along with a ladder and of course your tree are all you will really need to complete this project.
If possible, set up your work station outside, this process will be messy. If not I highly recommend a dropcloth and a face mask.
Start by shaping the branches of your tree. More branches, means there is more for the snow to stick to.
After my branches were nice and shaped, I lightly sprayed the entire tree with water. Having moisture present on the branches helps the powder to stick and expand.
I am using a Chapin Home and Garden sprayer I found at Lowe’s. Many of the tutorials I found for flocking called for spray bottles. This little trick helps to bypass all of the squeezing of the handle and allows you to have a continual light mist. I definitely recommend this technique for the process.
After your tree has been sprayed with water you are ready to start the flocking process.
Fill your sifter halfway with Snoflock. The powder itself comes in a resealable, zipped bag. This is a 5 pound bag I used on a 7ft tree. There was plenty for this project, applied generously, plus some left over.
Then, starting at the top of the tree and working my way down I sifted as my husband sprayed the falling powder, with water, just below the sifter. Be careful not to get the sifter itself wet. The powder expands when it comes in contact with moisture. This is what makes the powder stick and expand on the branches.
It is important that this step is one fluid, simultaneous motion, that is why I opted for an extra set of hands.
Once the sifter is empty there will be about a handful of larger “ice crystals.” Simply scoop those up with your hand and sprinkle along a few branch tips.
Repeat the sifting/spraying step all around the tree until the entire thing is coated to your liking. Some branches with have heavier flocking than others. Don’t let that worry you, leave it the way it is OR once it has time to dry, you can soften the look by shaking or “wacking” the branches. (For the lack of a better word, haha) You get the idea.
The suggested drying time is between 24-48 hours. I left mine outside for a little under 24 hours before moving it inside and it did just fine. Moving and decorating will be messy but that is expected with this type of flocking.
Well, what do you think? I think it was quite the transformation with minimal work and supplies! Plus, the best part….I have a brand new tree for less than $75!!!
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