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How to Flock a Christmas Tree Using Snoflock Powder

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,

  1. The whole idea of flock­ing just sounds way to big, hard and scary. I mean, what if I messed it up!?
  2. 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.


I mist­ed the entire tree from top to bot­tom.
I had a pre­cious lit­tle pair of help­ing hands.

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.

Fill­ing the sifter about halfway will keep it from spilling over the top in clumps.

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.

If you close­ly you can see where we acci­den­tal­ly got water on the sifter. It will expand and clog up the mesh if you aren’t care­ful. If this hap­pens it will slow down the process.

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!!!

-PIN FOR LATER-

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Patti
    at 3:00 PM

    You make it look easy! Ques­tion though, you said your hus­band was spray­ing the fall­en sno, was he spray­ing water?

    • Reply
      roostandrestore
      at 3:43 PM

      Yes water! I’m sor­ry I failed to men­tion that.

  • Reply
    Cheryl
    at 3:11 PM

    Ok how long to dry Before mov­ing it ? And how much of a mess was it to come inside ?

    • Reply
      roostandrestore
      at 3:44 PM

      Rec­om­mend­ed time is 24–48 hours. I moved mine inside just under 24 hours and it was fine. It is a messy process. You will def­i­nite­ly want your vac­u­um handy after mov­ing or dec­o­rat­ing

  • Reply
    Ivory
    at 10:46 PM

    Fab­u­lous results. I love it! Thanks for shar­ing

    • Reply
      roostandrestore
      at 10:55 PM

      You’re so wel­come thank you

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